European Centre for Development Policy Management

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European Centre for Development Policy Management
Abbreviation ECDPM
Motto Linking policy and practice in international co-operation
Formation 1986
Type Think Tank
Headquarters Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 21, Maastricht 6211 HE
Ewald Wermuth

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) is an independent foundation which was established in 1986 to monitor and support development co-operation between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. ECDPM style's itself as a "think and do tank". Its stated main goal is to broker effective partnerships between the European Union and the developing world, especially Africa. It aims to promote inclusive forms of development and cooperates with public and private sector organisations to better manage international relations. It also supports the reform of policies and institutions in both Europe and the developing world.[1]

The ECDPM deals with the international policies that govern development co-operation between the ACP countries and the EU member states. The most recent and most significant of these policies is the Cotonou Agreement, signed in June 2000 by 77 ACP countries and the EU. The Cotonou Agreement has been considered a landmark in EU-ACP relations due to its new political dimension and the integration of non-state actors into development co-operation.

The vast increase in the number of actors involved in the debate about and the negotiations of ACP-EU development policy constitutes a major challenge. The need to provide information and facilitate interaction between all stakeholders is one of the main objectives of the ECDPM.

The ECDPM has its main office in Maastricht, Netherlands which was recently renovated and opened by Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands.[2] ECDPM is governed by a board drawn from both Europe, and also Africa and the Caribbean The Current chairman of the board is P.I Gomez Ambassador of Guyana[3] to the ACP.

Aims and objectives[edit]

ECDPM aims to provide development stakeholders with information and resources necessary to better understand EU-ACP development co-operation. To this end ECDPM engages in:

  • policy-related research and information
  • capacity-building approaches
  • hands-on facilitation of dialogue between parties
  • networking
  • seminars and conferences.

The long-term strategic objectives of the Centre are:

  • To enhance the capacity of public and private actors in developing countries
  • To improve co-operation between development parters in Europe and the ACP regions.

Thematic programmes[edit]

ECDPM is a matrix organisation with staff working across programmes. Each programme is however led by a Head of Programme or Programme Manager. As of 2013 there were five programmes in ECDPM:

  • Strengthening EU External Action
  • Conflict, Security and Resilience
  • Economic Transformation
  • Africa's Change Dynamics
  • Food Security

Support programmes[edit]

  • Communication and Information [4]
  • Strategy and Innovation[5]
  • Finance and administration


The Centre receives strategic and financial support from the foreign ministries of the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg and Belgium as well as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation[6] and the Instituto Português de Apoio oa Desenvolvimento[7] in Portugal. It receives programme support from the Department for International Development of the UK.

ECDPM's Partners[edit]


  1. ^ ECDPM website – About ECDPM at
  2. ^ Speech by Prince Constantijn at the opening of the renovated ECDPM-building 30 juni 2011, <"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2012. >
  3. ^ "ECDPM Annual Report 2012". ECDPM. 
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  7. ^ Archived 18 July 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
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  9. ^ Archived 16 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Archived 15 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
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