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Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society - Deutsch-Britische Stiftung Für das Studium der Industriegesellschaft"The Foundation encourages and supports socio-political research and discussion of challenges presented through the changing patterns of economic activity - not only as they confront managers, entrepreneurs and employees at the micro level, but also in their wider impact on public economic, social and environmental policy.
It aims to promote best practice in each country by providing access to information, promising outcomes, ideas and experience from the other.
Its work is of particular value to those active in industry and commerce, in the development and implementation of public policy, in action-orientated research, in NGOs and the media."

AGF is a Policy Jobs Institutional member and a member of Policy Library.


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Center for Applied Policy Research - Centrum für angewandte Politikforschung "The Center for Applied Policy Research is an independent think tank, and seeks to organize the technical knowledge required for the development of solutions for political problems. C·A·P research groups and projects combine international and interdisciplinary analyses with suggestions and recommendations for political practice. The Center's five research groups produce reports on, conduct investigations of, and outline strategies for a broad range of current topics, which range from model ways of tolerance education to ideas on how to shape the EU's expansion to the east."



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CESifo "The Foundation encourages and supports socio-political research and discussion of challenges presented through the changing patterns of economic activity - not only as they confront managers, entrepreneurs and employees at the micro level, but also in their wider impact on public economic, social and environmental policy.
It aims to promote best practice in each country by providing access to information, promising outcomes, ideas and experience from the other.
Its work is of particular value to those active in industry and commerce, in the development and implementation of public policy, in action-orientated research, in NGOs and the media." Policy Library Member "The Center for Applied Policy Research is an independent think tank, and seeks to organize the technical knowledge required for the development of solutions for political problems. C·A·P research groups and projects combine international and interdisciplinary analyses with suggestions and recommendations for political practice. The Center's five research groups produce reports on, conduct investigations of, and outline strategies for a broad range of current topics, which range from model ways of tolerance education to ideas on how to shape the EU's expansion to the east." "CESifo is the international platform of Munich University’s Center for Economic Studies (CES) and the Ifo Institute for Economic Research. CESifo is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation, supported by the State of Bavaria with the aim of building bridges between theoretical and empirical economic research and between researchers from various countries, with a particular emphasis on Continental Europe. CESifo distributes the research and service products of CES and Ifo and supports an international academic research network of more than 380 economists from 22 countries. Its products range from academic discussion papers and monographs to up-to-date business information such as the Ifo Business Climate indicator, the Database for Institutional Comparisons in Europe (DICE) or the Ifo World Economic Survey (WES), an extended transnational poll carried out quarterly in 80 countries. CESifo products are disseminated throughout the world."



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IWG BONN"The IWG BONN is a private, academic research institute. It is an independent, non-party and non-profit-making institution. In particular the IWG BONN has
to anticipate and accompany economic and socio-political tasks of a policy which is liberal and which is committed to the principles of a social market economy;
to analyse medium and long-term developments in economic and social fields;
to bring new economic and social developments to light;
to work out proposals for solutions to future tasks in economic and social fields;
to further discussion in economic and social as well as political fields; to make the results of its research accessible to as wide a public as possible."



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German Council on Foreign Relations - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik "The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is Germany's national foreign policy network. As an independent, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization, the Council actively takes part in political decision-making and promotes the understanding of German foreign policy and international relations.
We are the German forum for foreign policy and facilitate a comprehensive network of political, economic and academic decision makers. Foreign politicians use our institution as a link to the German public.
We provide:
- A platform for constructive and controversial discussions at conferences and in study group meetings as well as at public events.
- Policy oriented analyses from our research institute fellows.
- Authoritative publications on contemporary topics by our journal INTERNATIONALE POLITK, our "Jahrbuch Internationale Politik" as well as in the publications from our research institute.
- Expert and extensive documentation by our library and documentation section.
We act at the junction where politics, industry, science, media and society converge. ."



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German Development Institute - Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik"The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading Think Tanks for development policy world-wide. DIE builds bridges between theory and practice and works within international research networks. The key to DIE’s success is its institutional independence, which is guaranteed by the Institute’s founding statute. 

Since its founding in 1964, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) has based its work on the interplay between Research, Consulting and Training. These three areas complement each other and are the factors responsible for the Institute’s distinctive profile. DIE draws together the knowledge of development research available worldwide, dedicating its work to key issues facing the future of development policy. DIE’s research is theory-based, empirically backed, and application-oriented.
The Institute’s Postgraduate Training Programme is concentrated on courses dedicated to development-related themes and issues bound up with shaping the process of globalisation as well as with improving trainee communicative and social skills. The cornerstone of the Postgraduate Training Programme – field research carried out by small interdisciplinary groups in a developing country – serves to provide trainees with an opportunity to gain practical experience with what they have learned by participating in concrete consulting-oriented research projects.
In addition to the Postgraduate Training Programme, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers Young Professionals from selected partner countries of Germany’s international cooperation the participation in the Global Governance School. The highly qualified participants from Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa work in governments, Ministries, Universities, policy-orientated Think Tanks or research institutions. This unique exchange and learning opportunity supports the creation of a sustainable, equitable and effective global governance architecture. "



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German Institute of Urban Affairs - Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik"The "In 1973 the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) was founded by the Deutscher Städtetag (German Association of Towns and Cities) with the aim of identifying long-term prospects for urban development and providing expert advice to municipal authorities to help them solve their problems.
An institution currently serving just about 130 towns, five municipal organizations and one planning community (status: March 2002), Difu consciously orientates its research activities towards the needs of towns and cities, offering them a broad spectrum of services. Studies, expert reports, further training seminars, information and documentation services, and regular publications promote the user-orientated dissemination of scientific findings. Difu provides a forum where local authorities can exchange ideas and experience and municipalities can gain advice on how to implement their planning objectives in administrative practice. Difu sees "urban affairs" principally as practice-related urban research."



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German Institute for Economic Research - DIW Berlin - Deutsches Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung"The main task of the DIW Berlin is to investigate economic processes in Germany and abroad and to support decision-making in politics, the public sector and the economy. Since its inception, the institute has focussed on business cycle analysis and forecasts. Particular emphasis is given to empirical research based on theoretical explanatory approaches. The variety of research ranges from the short-term analysis of economic trends and the analysis of current economic and fiscal affairs, to the long-term projection and assessment of developments in the global economy and in individual sectors alike. An objective of DIW Berlin research work is to further the development of the German economy."



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European Centre for Minority Issues"The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) conducts practice-oriented research, provides information and documentation, and offers advisory services concerning minority-majority relations in Europe. It serves European governments and regional inter- governmental organizations as well as non-dominant groups in the European area. The Centre also supports the academic community, the media and the general public through the timely provision of information and analysis. The early monitoring, study and resolution of ethnic tension and potential conflict in all regions of Europe - East and West - provides one of the major focal points for the activities of the Centre."



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Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation - Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung"As a foundation for liberal policy the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation is committed to freedom - freedom of opinion and action, in all walks of life and all over the world. Such freedom can only be achieved if we can win as many people as possible for the cause of liberalism. Only they that understand political contexts can change them. And only they that know what freedom means can take up the cause of liberalism and democracy. That is why, with our partners in over 80 countries, we are working to change people's awareness - and their patterns of behaviour. We have up to now been able to do a lot for the idea of freedom both in Germany and all over the world."



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Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies - Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) conducts advanced basic research on the governance of modern societies. It aims to develop an empirically based theory of the social and political foundations of modern economies by investigating the interrelation between economic and social action. Using primarily an institutional approach, it examines how markets and business organizations develop from the historical–institutional, political and cultural framework in which they are embedded and how these social contexts change over time. The institute seeks to build a bridge between theory and policy and to contribute to public debate on issues related to its research.



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Hamburg Institute of International Economics Hamburgische Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv"The Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA) is a service centre of the scientific society Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V. (WGL). The HWWA's library and press cuttings archive are among the leading public access institutions of their kind in Europe. Based on its unique collections and on its own research, the HWWA provides information services for the scientific community, the business community and political decision-makers."



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Kiel Institute for World Economics - Institut für Weltwirtschaft"The Kiel Institute for World Economics at the University of Kiel is an international center for economic policy research and documentation. The Institute’s main activities are economic research, economic policy consulting, and the documentation and provision of information about international economic relations. The Institute’s publications and services are addressed to academics in Germany and abroad as well as to decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, and to those people in the general public interested in domestic and international economic policy."



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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy - Institut fuer Entwicklungsforschung und Entwicklungspolitik"The Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (Institut fuer Entwicklungsforschung und Entwicklungspolitik / IEE) is one of the central scientific units of the Ruhr-University of Bochum. The work of the IEE is principally focused on the interdisciplinary study of economic, political, and socio-cultural development processes in Southern countries."



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Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung "The Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) is an independent institution for economic research serving the public interest. Its function is to monitor economic developments, helping to recognise at an early stage those potentially detrimental in nature and to demonstrate possibilities of circumventing them or overcoming their effects. Towards this end, diagnoses and forecasts of economic developments are prepared with the aid of a broadly based analytical system incorporating economic models and, in addition, the economic cause-effects relationships are scientifically investigated.
Its work provides the groundwork essential to policy-decisions in the public and private sectors; furthermore, it helps to broaden general understanding of economic relationships and the adequate economic policies. The results of its work are published as a rule and are thus available to the public."



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German Institute for International and Security Affairs - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik"The Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - German Institute for International and Security Affairs - is an independent research centre that advises the German parliament and the German federal government on all matters relevant to German foreign and security policy. Since its establishment in 1962 in Ebenhausen near Munich, the institute has gained a reputation both in Germany and abroad through its publications, analyses, and international conferences. In Janurary 2001, the Institute was relocated to Berlin. It is fully funded from the German federal budget for its general activity, with support for specific research projects being sought from organizations and foundations. With approximately 150 staff members, the SWP is the largest research institute of its kind in Western Europe."



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Konrad Adenauer Foundation - Konrad Adenauer Stiftung"The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is related to the Christian Democratic movement.Having emerged from the 'Society for Christian Democratic Education Work' founded in 1956, it was named after the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic in 1964. We are guided by the same principles that inspired Adenauer's work.
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation offers political education, conducts scientific fact-finding research for political projects, grants scholarships to gifted individuals, researches the history of Christian Democracy, and supports and encourages European unification, international understanding, and development-policy cooperation."



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Wuppertal Institute"The work of the Wuppertal Institute is inter-disciplinary in nature and oriented to solving problems in the area of applied sustainability research. The Wuppertal Institute's work is guided by the following concept of sustainability: the ability to live well; to work meaningfully; to produce goods and services eco-efficiently; and to consume moderately without exceeding nature's limits. However, we still have a long way to go, in view of the global energy and material consumption trends as well as the challenges for improving the standard of living for an increasing world population.
Nevertheless, the principles and goals of "sustainable development" are being increasingly addressed in national and international political agendas, in the strategies of private enterprises and in the field of pure and applied research. Since its establishment, the Wuppertal Institute has been actively involved in promoting the cause of sustainability. Grounded in the challenge of learning to obtain "more for less", as well as the importance of "being more" rather than "having more", the Institute is working to overcome the "Cold War" between economy and ecology."



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Center for Development Research - Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung"The Center for Development Research (ZEF) is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented institute dedicated to research, policy dialogue and education. ZEF's research aims at a careful understanding of the rapidly changing context in which development is currently taking place. ZEF's research activities have been designed along three core areas: economic development and technological change, ecology and natural resource management, and political and cultural change."



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Center for European Integration Studies "Founded in 1995, the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) is an independent research institute at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn. The work of ZEI contributes to the solution of the problems of European integration and Europe's role in a global context through future-orientated research work, sound policy advice, fruitful dialogue between researchers and decision-makers, and innovative concepts in postgraduate education and continuing education."


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