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Founded in 1990, The Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) is a research institute of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a strong focus on policy-related and policy-relevant research. INEF  is the only German institute that combines basic research with applied and policy-related research on issues like Global Governance and Human Security, Crisis Prevention and Civilian Conflict Management, and Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The institute is integrated in a strong national and international research network.  INEF also conducts smaller projects for NGOs and NGO networks.  INEF closely collaborates with the Development and Peace Foundation.