Making policies work

Our partners

Partnerships are at the heart of our work. Partners inspire new ideas and enable systematic exchanges of experiences and best practices. Most importantly, combined efforts are more powerful than any individual, uncoordinated actions could ever be.

ECDPM collaborates with a broad range of partners. They increase the value of our work. Our inputs, in turn, increase the value of the work done by others. We also connect our partners, stimulating strategic collaboration among them towards common goals.

Are you interested in partnering with us? Get in touch with Geert Laporte, Kathleen van Hove or Sabine Mertens.


Institutional partners


  • Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
  • Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Irish Aid
  • Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
  • The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

International institutions


  • African Union Commission
  • ACP Secretariat and ACP Committee of Ambassadors
  • African Development Bank
  • European Commission
  • European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and OECD Development Centre
  • Regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa, particularly COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and SADC (Southern African Development Community)
  • Planning and Coordinating Agency of NEPAD (The New Partnership for Africa’s Development)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Regional Bureau for Africa
  • United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
  • World Bank

Strategic partners


  • Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET)
  • African Studies Centre
  • Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)
  • Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
  • Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS)
  • Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr (IMVF)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre for Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education
  • Regional food organisations in Africa, particularly EAFF (Eastern Africa Farmers Federation), FANRPAN (Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network), ROPPA (Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa) and SACAU (Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions)
  • South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
  • Woord en Daad

Other partners


  • ACCORD
  • African Mining Development Centre (AMDC)
  • ATOS
  • Center for Global Development (CGD)
  • Centre d’Etudes, de Documentation et de Recherche Économiques et Sociales (Cedres)
  • Centre African pour le Commerce, l’Intégration et le Développement (CACID)
  • Centre for Citizens’ Participation in the African Union
  • CUTS International
  • EU Satellite Centre
  • EU Institute for Security Studies
  • EBA (Swedish Expert Group on Aid)
  • Fair Trade Advocacy Office
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)
  • Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town
  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex
  • Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS)
  • Italian Institute for International Affairs (IAI)
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
  • Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)
  • Oxfam International
  • Particip
  • Partos
  • Saana Consulting
  • The Broker
  • TNO Innovation For Life
  • University of Sussex (CARIS)
  • World Economic Forum
  • World Resource Institute (WRI)

Networks and platforms


  • Dutch Food & Business Knowledge Platform
  • Dutch Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies (INCLUDE)
  • Dutch Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law
  • European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
  • European Network of Political Foundations (ENOP)
  • European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)
  • European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), comprising the German Development Institute (DIE), the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Institute of International Affairs (IAI), and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), in addition to ECDPM
  • Euro-Mediterranean Research, Dialogue, Advocacy (EuroMeSCo)