EADI, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, is the leading European network in the field of development research and training.

EADI is a Europe-wide network of institutes, researchers and students of various disciplines in the field of development studies. It organises activities and offers facilities for the international exchange of knowledge and experience in the professional field. Its most prominent activity is a General Conference devoted to a topical issue every three years. The official languages of EADI are English and French.


The association was founded in 1975 and is an independent and non-profit-making international non-governmental organisation. Its Secretariat is based in Bonn, Germany. The EADI Executive Committee is drawn from across Europe. It is financed by its members’ contributions, an institutional grant from the German government and other projectrelated subsidies and private donations. EADI has associate, institutional, individual and student members in 28 countries. Its working groups address key issues in development research, training and information.

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EADI receives core funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) and the Land North Rhine-Westphalia / City of Bonn. EADI is hosted by three institutions: German Development Institute (DIE), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Centre for Development Research (ZEF).

EADI’s mission

EADI is the prime professional association for development studies. As such it promotes:

• Quality in research and education in development studies,

• The exchange of relevant information among members and with others,

• The strengthening of relevant knowledge networks at the regional and global level,

• Influencing both national and European decision-makers in the development cooperation field.

EADI’s objectives

• To generate and stimulate and exchange of information among European academics and researchers concerned with development issues and to develop contacts with researchers from other regions of the world.

• To promote interdisciplinary studies on specific themes.

Access to research findings

EADI Research is an online database which presents research papers, policy briefs, opinion pieces and research projects of EADI members. The database is updated on a daily basis and reaches key players in the field of development through various dissemination activities. www.eadi.org/research

European Journal of Development Research (EJDR). Published five times a year, this multi-disciplinary journal seeks to broaden our understanding of the processes that advance or impede human development.

The EADI Book Series presents research undertaken in the various EADI working groups.

EADI Newsletter. Twice a year the newsletter features ongoing projects and news from the association, as well as opinion pieces. The monthly e-newsletter disseminates news from EADI members and partners.

The EADI website is a communication channel for EADI members and a reference point for the development community as a whole. www.eadi.org

DevFunding is a database on funding possibilities. It provides a direct link to grants and scholarships in development-related fields, tenders and calls, and funding possibilities for development research. www.eadi.org/devfunding

Access to networking opportunities

The EADI Executive Committee is the leading body of the association and brings together national representatives from EADI member countries.

EADI President: Isabelle Baud, University of Amsterdam

EADI Work Programme 2011 - 2014

The EADI Directors’ meeting is an annual event providing a forum which combines intellectual input with practical issues to be solved through collective action. It brings together the heads of European development research organisations.

General Conference. Since 1975, each of the triennial conferences has assembled over 500 participants on global topics concerning development issues.

EADI Seminars. Every year, a member institute hosts an EADI seminar dealing with a topic of its choice. www.eadi.org/events

NetSYD, the Network of Students and Young Researchers in Development offers a networking facility for EADI student members.

International cooperation

EADI fosters links between the European development research community and with research organisations and networks at the international level. EADI is a member of the Inter-regional Coordinating Committee of Development Associations (ICCDA), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Academic Council of the United Nations Council (ACUNS) and the Society for International Development (SID). EADI is accredited by the Council of Europe as an INGO.

Access to a forum for reflection and debate on multidisciplinary development issues

In addition to the triennial General Conference, the association‘s public forum for debate and research, EADI members can join one of the 20 working groups.

The EADI working groups are the network‘s members in action, a forum for reflection and discussion, as well as a platform for launching and elaborating development research. They meet up to twice a year and are monitored by the Executive Committee. www.eadi.org/working-groups

Access to training and career services  

EADI Masterclasses are training courses which equip development practitioners and researchers with skills to meet the various challenges in their profession.

The EADI Summer Schools are a Europe-wide educational programme for young scholars and Master‘s students which gives an insight into current issues of global development, transformation and guided change.

Devtrain online, the EADI training database, is an inventory of all the training possibilities offered by EADI members and partners in Europe. www.devtrain.org

DevCareers is the job database of EADI with open vacancies in Europe. www.eadi.org/devcareers

Quality standards within development research and education

The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research (IAC/EADI) aims to promote the quality of global development training programmes both in the North and the South. It provides a professional system for the voluntary accreditation of training programmes and engages in capacity-building activities. www.eadi.org/accreditation

EADI Membership

Get connected! EADI membership Become part of EADI if you are based in Europe. You will be welcome as a associate, individual, institutional, student, or premium member. Please download the application forms from our website. 

Become a partner in a network of 150 renowned institutes and think-tanks in Europe working on multidisciplinary development issues. Join EADI! www.eadi.org