Linking policy and practice in international cooperation


Better cooperation for more effective policy and practice

Our main goal is to link policy and practice in European development and international cooperation and to act as an independent broker between Europe, Africa and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

ECDPM is a “think and do tank”

Established as an independent foundation in 1986, the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has a strong reputation as a non-partisan, strategic “think and do tank”. This means we:

  • Share policy analysis and information to key audiences in both Europe and the developing world. Relevant, timely and practical we are always on the pulse of international cooperation
  • Facilitate policy dialogue amongst global actors in development and international relations
  • Provide practical and tailored policy research and independent advice
  • Support capacity and institutional development for government and non-governmental organisations
  • Engage for the long-term with the policy processes and adopt a long term perspective to development

ECDPM at the heart of transformation in international cooperation

Major transitions are under way in the development cooperation landscape and development thinking is entering a new phase. Traditional aid based systems are giving way to new forms of international cooperation. We seek to address global challenges in a holistic way by pursuing common interests in a multipolar world.

Across the globe, a wide range of emerging economies are playing increasingly important roles in areas such as trade, economic development, management of natural resources, peace and security, climate change, migration and food security.

In Europe, institutional structures and external relations are being fundamentally transformed in line with the Treaty of Lisbon. Financial and economic turmoil at home has caused Europe to rethink its approach to development cooperation and cast doubt on Europe’s ability to meet its commitments to finance development.

Africa is on the move, with several countries experiencing record economic growth. But with this growth potential comes the need for better governance to reduce social inequalities, improve social cohesion and to capture the benefits for all its citizens.

Formal and informal actors including governments, regional and international institutions, NGO’s, civil society and the private sector all have a part to play in how we shape policy for a more prosperous and equitable world.

We are able to foster change by outlining what is needed and what will work for development. As an independent institution with a practical approach and methodology, ECDPM has been able to establish strong relations of trust and confidence with key European, African and ACP institutions and stakeholders in development and international relations, as well as with the major global institutions. Our work always builds on strong networks and global partnerships.

Corporate documents


ECDPM Annual Reports


> Annual Report 2015 (EN | FR available soon)
> Annual Report 2014 (EN | FR)
> Annual Report 2013 (EN | FR | Microsite)
> Annual Report 2012 (EN | FR | Microsite)
> Annual Report 2011 (EN | FR)


General ECDPM information

> Institutional brochure (EN | FR)

> ‘The Pelican House and ECDPM’ (EN | NL)


ECDPM 2012-2016 Strategy


> Strategy (EN | FR)
Results Framework
Extended Results Framework


ECDPM Strategic documents


> 2015-2016 Work Plan (EN | FR)
> 2014-2015 Work Plan (EN | FR)
2013-2014 Work Plan (EN | FR)
> Partnership Strategy
> KMC Strategy

For more corporate documents, please see our publication overview.