German Institute for Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien (GIGA)
The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) 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 links this knowledge to questions of global significance. It combines in-depth area expertise with comparative, interdisciplinary, and multi-level analysis, generating insights that are relevant from an academic and a real-world perspective on accountability and participation, growth and development, peace and security, and power and ideas.
The GIGA stands for an approach that is global in content, reach, and structure. It works with perspectives, concepts, and experiences from different world regions and reaches out to a global audience. Its researchers are sought-after experts among decision makers in politics, business, and civil society, as well as among media representatives and other stakeholders. To foster the exchange with policymakers in the German capital, the GIGA also has an office in Berlin.
The GIGA operates the largest non-university information centre for area and comparative area studies in Germany. The four regional libraries collect literature on economic, political, and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The GIGA has 160 staff members and belongs to the Leibniz Association. As a member of the association, it is jointly funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities, and the other federal states. In addition, it receives a substantial amount of third-party funding, mainly from German and European research funding organisations.