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

Biography

Geert Laporte, Belgian national, is Deputy Director at ECDPM and Guest Professor at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at the University of Ghent. 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 partners in different parts of the world.

His thematic areas of specialisation include EU external action and development policy, the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy with a particular focus on the political dimensions of international cooperation, governance, conflict and development, policy coherence for development and regional integration. He has been involved in extensive policy research, institutional audits, evaluations and publications on various aspects of EU-ACP and EU-Africa relations. He has also built a longstanding experience in policy dialogue facilitation and institutional and capacity development. Prior to joining ECDPM in 1990 he has worked for several years as a research fellow and later as an assistant at the Centre for Third World Studies at the University of Ghent in Belgium, where he mainly worked on the management of international cooperation in Latin America. Geert Laporte holds a Master in Contemporary History and a Master in Development Studies with specialisation in Public Administration from the University of Ghent.

Responsibilities

  • 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

    Brexit: First post-referendum thoughts

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 01-07-2016

    Thinking and working politically

    Publications | Published on 07-09-2015

    Het huis met de pelikaan en ECDPM

    Publications | Published on 13-07-2015

    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

    Japan and the EU: Friends of Africa?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 06-06-2013

    Geert Laporte

    Deputy Director

    Nationality

    Belgian

    Languages

    English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, German

    Contact

    • +32 (0)2 237 43 17
    • +32 (0)476 97 27 17
    • gl@ecdpm.org

    Location

    Brussels office

    Rue Archimede 5

    1000 Brussels