Linking policy and practice in international cooperation

James Mackie

  • EU Development Policy
  • Africa-EU Relations
  • ACP-EU Relations
  • European Report on Development


Dr. James Mackie is a specialist on EU development policy with a career of some 30 years in international development cooperation. In January 2012, under ECDPM’s new 5-year Strategy, he was appointed as a Senior Adviser on EU Development Policy in the Centre. He is also a member of ECDPM’s Management Team. For nine years, since he joined ECDPM in 2002, he served as one of the Centre’s Heads of Programme. His most recent programme responsibility was as head of the former DPIR (Development Policy and International Relations) Programme. Dr Mackie is also a Visiting Professor at the International Relations and Diplomacy Department of the College of Europe in Bruges where he teaches a Masters level course on the EU & International Development. Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland, James Mackie has British nationality, but has spent much of his life abroad. He gained a PhD in Geography at the School of Oriental & African Studies of the University of London in 1982 for a thesis on regional development in India. He also holds a BSc in Town & Country Planning from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Prior to joining ECDPM, James Mackie developed his knowledge of EU development cooperation while working for ten years as Secretary-General of the NGDO-EU Liaison Committee in Brussels (now CONCORD), the umbrella organisation of EU development NGOs representing their interests to the European Institutions. From 1982 to 1992 he worked for VSO, the British NGO specialising in low-cost technical assistance, both in Asia (Philippines, Maldives, Sri Lanka) as a country representative and programme manager and then at the headquarters in London, on programme funding.
Areas of Work

  • European Report on Development 2012-2013 (scope for a new post-2015 global development consensus)
  • Leader for the multi-disciplinary research team for the three institute consortium (includes also ODI-London and DIE-Bonn)
  • Evaluation (on visibility of EU external action, European Consensus on Development, Africa Peace Facility and EU budget’s external action instrument)
  • EU-Africa relations


  • Member of the Management Team
  • Member of the Executive Group

Pre-ECDPM Assignments

External publications and contributions

    Matching means to priorities

    Publications | Published on 09-01-2017

    How serious is the EU on aid fragmentation?

    Publications | Published on 22-09-2016

    Matching means to priorities

    Publications | Published on 09-01-2017

    How serious is the EU on aid fragmentation?

    Publications | Published on 22-09-2016

    FFD3 – a steady start to a rocky road ahead?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 17-07-2015

    Five key facts on Financing for Development

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 09-07-2015

    Are Africa and Europe Turning a New Page in Their Relationship?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 11-04-2014

    Challenges in 2014: The Post-2015 Agenda

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 17-10-2013

    [Podcast] Frustrations with EU-Africa Relations

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 16-08-2013

    EU-Africa relations: what’s in store for 2013?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 26-10-2012

    Global Collective Action post-2015

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 10-12-2013

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