Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

The Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) was established in 1966, only four years after the founding of the RUB. It is an interdisciplinary-orientated, central academic institution at Ruhr-University Bochum with regional focuses on Sub-Sahara Africa and Central Asia. The research and teaching activities of the Institute take a social scientific approach and make a substantial contribution to the contextual orientation of the division.


Since winter 2000, the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy offers an international English-language programme Master of Arts in Development Management. The program is also offerd at UWC since May 2002, first as part of the DAAD initiative "German Programs of Study Abroad" and now as part of the Development Research Division of the DAAD-funded "South African - German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice".

The IEE runs the international English-language programme PhD in International Development Studies. The PhD IDS started in 2007 and is implemented on behalf of the Faculties of Geography, Law, Social Science, and Economics.

In addition, the IEE has been active in supporting the reconstruction of the faculties of Economics and Business Administration at universities in Afghanistan.

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The Call for scholarship applications for the intake 2020 is now open!

The Call for scholarship applications for the intake 2020 is now open until 30th June 2019.

The information on "How to apply" for the Master in Development Studies, the Master in Public Administration and the respective PhD options can be found in the respective "How to apply" sections of each programme. Applications can only be submitted by using the online application form, which is as well available in the respective "How to apply" sections. Applications via hardcopy or email are not eligible.

Visit of two members of the German Federal Parliament and the Consul General at the SA-GER CDR

On 7th February the two members of the “German Federal Parliament”, Ulla Schmidt und Dagmar Freitag, who stayed in South Africa for taking part in the 2019 State of the Nation Address by the South African President Cyral Ramaphosa, used the opportunity to as well visit two DAAD funded Centres of Excellence in Cape Town together with the Consul General Matthias Hansen.They first visited the African Institute for Mathematical Studies (AIMS) in Muizenberg and afterwards the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR).

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Contact Details South Africa

School of Government, University of the Western Cape

Robert Sobukwe Road
Cape Town, 7535, South Africa
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535
Republic of South Africa
Tel: 002721/959 3858

Contact Details Germany

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr-University Bochum

Universitätsstr. 105
Room 2.04
D-44789 Bochum, Germany
Tel: +49-(0)234 / 32-22418, -22243
Fax: +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294
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