There are now around 150 institutions concerned with development or environment policy which have their headquarters or offices in Bonn. Among them are the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German Development Institute as well as many semi‑governmental, church and private institutions. Furthermore, a number of globally operating international NGOs have established their base in Bonn, all of them committed to the overarching goal of sustainable development. Between 1997 and 2010, the headquarters of nine major NGOs, including Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), moved to Bonn. The informal network Bonn International NGOs was established in 2009 to strengthen cooperation among these NGOs.
The Federal Foreign Office has a division in Bonn that serves as a point of contact for the international organisations based in Germany.