Making policies work

Geert Laporte

  • EU External Action
  • EU Development Policy
  • Policy Coherence for Development
  • Governance and the Political Dimensions of International Cooperation
  • Conflict and Development
  • Public-private Sector Dialogue
  • Regional Integration
  • Prospective analysis and reflections on the future of EU-Africa and EU-ACP relations
  • Institutional support to Parliaments in Africa


Geert Laporte, a Belgian national, is the Deputy Director of The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) a “think and do tank” based in Maastricht (The Netherlands) and Brussels (Belgium) that specializes in EU development and external relations with a particular focus on Africa and the ACP. He is responsible for ECDPM’s relations with the EU institutions, EU Presidencies and EU member states, the African Union, the ACP institutions and a broad network of global partners and institutions.

His areas of interest and specialization include: the 2030 Universal Sustainable Development Agenda, EU external action and development policy and the EU-Africa and the EU-ACP Partnerships. In his work he focuses particularly on policy coherence for sustainable development, multi-stakeholder participation and inclusive partnerships, support to democratisation and governance, conflict and development, migration and development and regional integration.

He has been involved in extensive policy research, institutional audits, evaluations and has also built a longstanding experience in policy dialogue facilitation.

Geert Laporte holds a Master in Contemporary History and a Master in Development Studies with specialization in Public Administration from the University of Ghent in Belgium.


  • Responsible for the negotiation and management of multi-annual cooperation agreements with some 10 European partner countries
  • Coordinates ECDPM relations and cooperation with successive EU Presidencies
  • Coordinates ECDPM relations and cooperation with ACP and AU/African partners
  • Responsible for the development and management of ECDPM partnerships
  • Member of the Management Team

Other roles

  • Process facilitator, dialogue moderator and resource person in key areas of the EU’s relations with the developing world

External publications and contributions

    Do values still matter in the Europe-Africa partnership?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 24-02-2017

    Do values still matter in the Europe-Africa partnership?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 24-02-2017

    Brexit: First post-referendum thoughts

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 01-07-2016

    Behind the Facade: Looking Deeper into Busan

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 21-11-2014

    Geert Laporte

    Deputy Director




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