Linking policy and practice in international cooperation

Our partners

No organisation or institution can bring about change alone. That’s why partnerships are the cornerstone 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.

To accomplish the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, partnerships will be more crucial than ever before. To manage global challenges, countries will need to work together. We will need to negotiate common and competing interests, conclude political deals and ensure that adequate regulations are in place. This is immensely complex and can only happen through dialogue and joint action.

ECDPM collaborates with a broad range of partners. They raise the value of our work; and our inputs reinforce the value of work done by others. We also connect our partners, stimulating strategic collaboration among them towards common goals.

Our partners include governments, international organisations, think tanks, academia and social and economic actors from all over the world. We explicitly include organisations operating in policy domains tangential to but with increasing impact on development. Examples are economic and foreign affairs, trade, defence, mining and natural resources, environment and climate change.


Institutional partners


  • Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
  • Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Danish 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 and Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
  • Swiss Development 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 Knowledge Platform on Security and Rule of Law
  • European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
  • European Peacebuilding Liaison Office
  • European Think Tanks Group, comprising the German Development Institute (DIE), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), in addition to ECDPM
  • Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Partner with us


Are you interested in partnering with ECDPM? Please contact Kathleen van Hove via kvh@ecdpm.org.