Besides our own projects, the IEI offers also external research services for local, national and international partners, in order to help optimize the impact of their development projects or programs. Our disciplinary spectrum is focused on social and human sciences, covering sociology, anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, economy, psychology and legal questions.
As an interdisciplinary team, we specialize in cross-sectoral issues, such as social- and cultural compatibility, gender mainstreaming, conflict analysis or intercultural communication. We use standard research methods but have specialized also in qualitative and participatory methodology (semantic field and metaphor analysis, or discussion groups).
For more than ten years, IEI researchers have realized studies — cluster-evaluations, performance auditing, social- and environmental impact assessments, and country studies — for bi- and multilateral donors including AECID, Austrian Development Agency (ADA), NORAD, SIDA, UNESCO, FAO and WB.