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

    Industrialising Africa one nut at a time

    Blog | Published on 22-11-2018

    Letter from the Netherlands

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 17-06-2019

    Civil society & business: pulling in the same direction? - Editorial

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 28-02-2019

    Leveraging private investments for sustainable development - Editorial

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 24-05-2018

    Leveraging private investment for sustainable development

    GREAT Insights Magazine | Published on 24-05-2018

    Jeske van Seters

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




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    Maastricht office

    Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 21

    6211 HE Maastricht