IAC/EADI Accreditation

The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research

EADI, as the professional European organisation of institutes and professionals in the field of Development, wishes to influence proactively the process of accreditation and quality assurance as far as Global Development Studies are concerned. To this end it has developed a state-of-the art quality assurance (QA) and accreditation system that take the specific nature of global development studies into account.

The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research (IAC/EADI) is the independent council of EADI in charge of the system. IAC/EADI works in close collaboration with the EADI Secretariat in Bonn. The main purpose of IAC/EADI is to promote the quality of Global Development training programmes both in the North and the South.

The primary services provided by the IAC/EADI are:

  • to confer Accreditation Trademarks (“IAC/EADI Accredited Programme”) to organisations from the North and the South requesting accreditation for their taught Master programme
  • to develop partnerships and capacity building activities with the global South and partner organisations
  • to monitor and develop accreditation standards and to seek national and international recognition of the IAC/EADI accreditation standards

IAC/EADI accreditation either stands by itself as voluntary evaluation and accreditation system or it can be complementary to the national systems which are in place in Europe and beyond. Accreditation by IAC/EADI may in certain cases be formally recognised by national accreditation authorities. The QA standards and criteria used by IAC/EADI are state of the art and in line with the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area as issued by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

Over time, IAC/EADI will develop a scale of additional service, reaching from (pre-accreditation) advice and capacity building activities on quality assurance to post-accreditation follow-up and support.

To date IAC/EADI has accredited courses in Development Studies at ISS (The Hague), IDS (Sussex) and COIBA (Cantabria). It has also conducted peer reviews of a number of leading development studies Master Programmes in Norway and South Africa. IAC/EADI expects to accredit around 5 to 10 programmes per year.

INQAAHE membership

INQAHEE IAC/EADI is a member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education

Accredited programmes

master programmes:

  • Olomouc2014: Master Programme in International Development Studies, Palacký University in Olomouc
  • ISS2011: Master programme in development studies, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS)
  • IDS2012: Masters’ Degree Programmes (cluster accreditation), Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (IDS)

post graduate diplomas:

  • 2012: Iberoamerican Master in International Cooperation and Development (MICID), Chair for International Cooperation with Latin America (COIBA), University of Cantabria


  • March 2014 | IAC/EADI accredites the Master programme in International Development Studies from the Palacký University in Olomouc
  • October 2013 | IAC/EADI participates as a quality assurance partner in the EUSA ID mobility programme
  • October 2012 | IAC/EADI launches accreditation project in South Africa
  • 11 October 2012, The Hague (NL) | IAC/EADI Meeting
  • April 2012 | On site accreditation visit of IDS at the university of Sussex
  • 20 September 2011, York (UK) | IAC/EADI Meeting

Peer reviewed programmes

  • The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) - Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric)
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)