The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies is an independent social-science research institute based in Hamburg. It analyses political, social, and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and compares issues of accountability and participation, peace and security, growth and development, and power and ideas across world regions. The GIGA is committed to scholarship that is global in content, structure, and reach, combining in-depth area expertise and interdisciplinary comparison. Its unique approach provides for impactful new insights and allows the Institute to bring original value-added to the field. Research-based policy advice and knowledge transfer to the wider public are essential elements of its mandate.
The GIGA operates the largest non-university information centre for area and comparative area studies in Germany and maintains a liaison office in Berlin. The institute has 160 staff members and belongs to the Leibniz Association. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research, and Equalities and the other federal states. It also acquires a substantial amount of competitive third-party funding.