Innovation in Development

Development is a vast, complex, and technical area of global governance. Long dominated by a few Western governments, the development arena now comprises more and different kinds of actors, including the private sector, civil society, and non-Western governments. The economic success of emerging economies demonstrates that poor countries can achieve a growth path. However, the gap is growing between these successes and countries sliding further into poverty, instability, and violence.

Clearly, there is no panacea for fostering development and opinions on how to move forward have become highly polarized. One side calls for more – and more effective – aid to help especially fragile countries get out of the poverty trap. Critics on the other side question the impact of development aid. Some even call for its end.

The traditional tools of aid alone are unable to address development challenges. In our work, we review aid instruments to make them more effective and innovative and  promote development policies that go “beyond aid.” Currently, we address three main approaches: (1) multi-stakeholder partnerships, (2) negotiations of pro-poor trade policies, and (3) development in fragile contexts.

Funding & Clients

Our funders and clients include the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), the United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the European Commission and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Featured Publications

Policy Paper

The Roles of Civil Society in Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals

by African Civil Society Circle
GPPi & Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung


Risks of TTIP and TPP for Developing Countries

by Clara Weinhardt, Fabian Bohnenberger
Development and Cooperation (D+C)


Relational Trust in International Cooperation: The Case of North-South Trade Negotiations

by Clara Weinhardt
Journal of Trust Research, 5 (1)


EU-Africa: Trading Poverty Away?

by Fabian Bohnenberger, Clara Weinhardt
Le Monde diplomatique


EU-West Africa Trade Deal is Not Everybody’s Success Story

by Clara Weinhardt
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development


Armutsbekämpfung geht vor!

by Elias Sagmeister
ZEIT Online


Berufliche Bildung in fragilen Kontexten

by Clara Weinhardt, Andrea Binder
Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) und Auswärtiges Amt (AA)