Making policies work

Jeske van Seters

  • Private sector engagement for sustainable development in Africa
  • Trade and aid for trade
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Eu development cooperation
  • Policy coherence for sustainable development
  • Regional integration


Jeske van Seters, a Dutch national, is Head of Programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM). Jeske heads the Private Sector Engagement team of ECDPM’s Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme and is particularly interested in ways to leverage the private sector for sustainable development in Africa.

Her current work activities relate mainly to public-private dialogue and cooperation, responsible business conduct in regional and global value chains and financial instruments for private sector development.

Previously, she was Deputy Head of ECDPM’s Food Security Programme (2012-2016) and Policy Officer Development Policy and International Relations (2008-2011). Jeske conducts policy-oriented research, provides independent advice and facilitates dialogue. She engages with a broad range of actors, including policy-makers and development practitioners in Europe and Africa, as well as private sector and civil society representatives.

Prior to joining ECDPM in 2008, Jeske worked for UNDP in Djibouti, the Directorate General Development of the European Commission in Brussels, CDR-ULA in Costa Rica and SEO Economic Research in Amsterdam. Jeske holds Masters Diplomas in Development Economics from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne.

External publications and contributions

    Sectoral multi-stakeholder initiatives at EU level: quo vadis?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 29-09-2017

    The Cariforum-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

    Publications | Published on 18-11-2013

    Aid for Trade in ECOWAS

    Publications | Published on 18-11-2013

    Sectoral multi-stakeholder initiatives at EU level: quo vadis?

    Talking Points Blog | Published on 29-09-2017

    Jeske van Seters

    Head of Programme Private Sector Engagement | Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme




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