Strategic Analyses

The GIGA provides comprehensive assessments of regions and developments. Accordingly, it produces brief politico-economic analyses and measures crisis indicators for the BMZ.


Politico-Economic Short Analyses

The politico-economic short analyses are independent assessments of individual countries produced by the GIGA as part of the project “Context matters” funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). These reports cover, among other things, the power and conflict patterns of a country in a concise and evaluative manner. They encourage the design of country portfolios within the framework of bilateral development cooperation in accordance with conflict sensitivity and good governance. They are therefore closely linked to the BMZ’s measurement of crisis indicators.

To ensure their quality, the politico-economic short analyses are subjected to a centralised quality-control process at the GIGA, which is based on a standardised schema and a binding code of practice for all reviewers. If the reports are not written by GIGA scholars themselves, they are prepared in close cooperation with renowned country experts from the university sector and other non-university research institutions. Dr. Michael Radseck of the GIGA coordinates the production of the analyses.

For further information, please contact the BMZ’s department for Sectoral and thematic policies, governance, democracy and rule of law (Referat 401).

Contact: RL401@bmz.bund.de


BMZ-Escalation Potential Analysis (ESKA)

The annual "BMZ-Escalation Potential Analysis" (ESKA; formerly "Crisis Early Warning for BMZ") identifies tendencies towards internal violent conflicts for all partner countries of Germany’s official development cooperation. It is part of the project “Context matters” funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) at GIGA.

The appraisal serves the ministry to detect upcoming crises and prevention needs. The results are a key basis for binding regulations towards the implementation organizations of the official German development cooperation. With the direct input of scientific expertise into political practice the Crisis Early Warning for BMZ exemplifies successful cooperation between the academic world and politics. While the political sphere gains external impulses the social sciences proof their immediate practical relevance.

Contact: Dr. Daniel Dückers