German Institute of Global and Area Studies

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.


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Internally displaced people wait to collect tarps at a camp in Mubimbi, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Jana Asenbrennerova / Reuters

Europe’s migration ‘partnerships’ with Africa need a new direction in 2017

As long as the EU strikes deals with dictators and pushes trade agreements that worsen the economic situation in many African countries, attempts to reduce migratory pressure will fail.
Cubans were jubilant when president Barack Obama visited the island in March, but economic reforms have not progressed in line with the people’s hopes of change. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Is Cuba’s reform going in reverse?

In spite of rapprochement with the US, Cuban president Raúl Castro has put his reform agenda on hold. Why the delay?
Violence in El Salvador is not perpetuated by the gangs alone. Reuters/Jose Cabezas

How El Salvador became the murder capital of the world

El Salvador stands at the centre of the current refugee crisis in Central America. But gang violence is not the only reason why its people are fleeing their country.


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