The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies is an independent research institute based in Hamburg and a member of the Leibniz Association.

World Regions

The GIGA studies the politics, economies, and societies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as global issues.


GIGA Focus

GIGA Focus

In the GIGA Focus, we publish our research findings and concise analyses of current events. The various editions cover politics, economics, and society in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, respectively, as well as global trends.



GIGA Journal Family

In the Africa Spectrum, the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, and the Journal of Politics in Latin America, we publish excellent contributions from researchers around the world.

GIGA Working Papers

Matthias Basedau / Simone Gobien / Sebastian Prediger

The Ambivalent Role of Religion for Sustainable Development: A Review of the Empirical Evidence

GIGA Working Paper, No. 297, February 2017