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In practically all countries of Europe, there are many organisations concerned with development research, training and analysis. These include university departments, research institutes, think-tanks, NGOs, national networks, agencies and private consultancies. They have become indispensable partners of policy-makers, development practitioners and the civil society.

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), The Netherlands

Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies

The Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies Department of the AISSR is home to some 130 staff members, visiting staff and doctoral students. Department teaching activities are carried out within the Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies Education Institute. Research is centred in the Amsterdam institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt).

Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CICOPS), Italy

Remarks: The University Center for International Co-operation and Development, CICOPS, was established in 1987. Its aim is to promote co-operation with Developing Countries and stimulate relations between Pavia University and the Universities of Developing Countries. This is achieved by developing all types of cultural, scientific and technical-professional co-operation (public and private) in order to broaden the study of the social and economic problems of these countries and help to solve them.
Activities: collaborates in preparing and managing co-operation plans and projects; promotes cultural, scientific, and technical-professional training of officials and intermediate cadres from both Developing Countries and Italy, also with the aim of helping them join international or Developing Countries bodies; encourages student exchanges between Pavia University and Universities in Developing Countries, with informative and cultural aims or in order to co-operate in emergency actions; it is involved in informing, training and orienting Italian personnel and “civil service” volunteers set to work in Developing Countries; if requested by the Foreign Ministry, the European Union and/or other Bodies, it organises courses and seminars for training, qualifying and updating personnel set to work in co-operation & development departments and offices.

Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Norway

Remarks: CMI is an independent, non-profit research institution and a major international centre in policy-oriented and applied development research. The geographical focus is Sub-Sahara Africa, Southern and Central Asia, the Middle East, and South America..
Expertise: Human Rights and Democratisation, Peacebuilding, Global Economy and Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Sector Reform, Poverty and Social Transformation, Aid Policy and Impact, Natural Resources

Cooperation@epfl, Ecoles Polytechnique fédérales de Lausanne, Switzerland

Remarks: At the EPFL, development cooperation involves scores of specialists active in research and teaching in various disciplines. In partnership with their colleagues in emerging and developing countries, they aim to provide scientific and technological solutions to priority issues facing these countries. Focusing on the most pressing issues in the South - environmental degradation, natural and social risks, poverty, pandemics, rampant urbanization, academic education ill-adapted to priority needs, economic inequalities - and on the School's areas of scientific competence, the EPFL's development cooperation banks on scientific excellence and technological innovation. The Cooperation@epfl unit, part of the Vice-Presidency for International Affairs, aims to promote this kind of scientific cooperation actions in all EPFL faculties using all disciplines represented on our campus
Expertise & activities: local, national and international players with the necessary expertise in the monitoring and evaluation of programs/research projects; working together with bilateral and multilateral development cooperation agencies, offering them sectoral and/or global expertise, single discipline or interdisciplinary, scientific and rigorous in the setup of new development projects at the stage of their redefinition

Twente Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development, The Netherlands

Remarks: CSTM – the Twente Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development at the University of Twente - was established in 1988 to conduct environmental policy research and cleaner production, expanding during the 1990s to a more general focus on technology and sustainable development. Its mandate mirrors the entrepreneurial goals of the University of Twente: to conduct and apply innovative research for the benefit of society. They specialise in governance, emphasising sustainable development, environmental quality, and technological innovation - from both developed and developing country perspectives.
Activities: Graduate studies at both Master and PhD levels are offered. Our Master of Environmental and Energy Management is primarily organized by our division in the northern province of Fryslan. Our PhD program offers guidance to an increasingly large number of students from all over the world. In addition to several part-time professors, CSTM has two full-time Chairs: "Policy Studies and Environmental Policy" and "Technology and Sustainable Development in a North-South Perspective".

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany

Remarks: Efficient, effective and partner-oriented - that is the way how the GIZ helps people and societies in developing, transition and industrialized countries to develop their own perspectives and improve their living conditions. Since 1 January 2011 the GIZ brings together the expertise and long experience of the German Development Service (DED), German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and Capacity Building International (InWEnt).

European Centre for Development Policy Management, Netherlands

Remarks: ECDPM has been fostering better trade and aid relations between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries since 1986. It deals with the international policies that govern development between the ACP countries and EU member states. Chief among these is the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, signed in June 2000 by 77 ACP countries and 15 EU member states. Our mission is to help make these policies work. It does this by helping individuals and organisations to build their own capacity, so that these stakeholders are well informed and confident to join negotiations and broker the best possible deals for their countries or communities.
Expertise: policy-related research and information; capacity-building approaches hands-on facilitation of dialogue between parties; networking; seminars and conferences .

Eurosapienza, Italy

EuroSapienza was founded in 2001 in continuity with the scientific and didactic activities of the Sapienza University's European School, founded in 1960.

Presently, 50 professors and researchers are members of the EuroSapienza Research Centre that promotes research on European issues and participates in European and international thematic poles of excellence.

EuroSapienza promotes and manages European research programmes; organises meetings, seminars, round tables, and study groups on European issues; shares the results of its research with national, European and international bodies and individuals; is editor of scientific journals and proceedings on European issues; and promotes and supports advanced and specialised didactic and formation activities.

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

Remarks: The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading Think Tanks for development policy world-wide. DIE is building bridges between research and practise and works within international research networks. Since its founding in 1964, DIE has based its work on the interplay between Research, Consulting and Training.

Expertise: Bi- and Multilateral Development Cooperation; Competitiveness and Social Development; Governance, Statehood and Security; Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources; World Economy and Development Financing; Global Governance.

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

Remarks: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the cross-cutting disciplines of international relations and development studies. Born of the 2008 merger of the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) and the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED), it benefits from an expertise and a reputation that go back as far as the 1920s, and the League of Nations, in the case of international relations, and the 1960s, and the post-colonial era and the emergence of the Third World, in the case of development studies.

The Institute, keen to draw on the synergies offered by its two fields of specialisation, offers independent and rigorous analyses of current and emerging global issues with a view to promoting international cooperation and making a contribution to the development of less fortunate societies.

It fulfils its mission through the provision of postgraduate-level teaching (Master and Ph.D.), thematic research on important issues, executive education and the organisation of forums for forward-looking reflection.

Expertise: Development and international cooperation, humanitarian development, inequality, sustainable development, global ecology.

Institute of Development Studies, UK

Remarks: IDS is a leading global organisation for research, teaching and communications on international development.
Expertise: Globalisation, Governance Knowledge, Technology and Society Participation, Power and Social Change, Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction.

Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands

Remarks: ISS is the leading centre for higher education and research in development studies on the European continent and one of the oldest and largest in the world.
Expertise: Economics of Sustainable Development, States, Society, World Development, Human Resources and Local Development, Rural Development, Environment and Population Studies.

King’s International Development Institute, London

King’s International Development Institute (IDI) focuses on “emerging economies,” both to explore the sources of their success as well as understand the major development challenges they continue to face. The fast growing and changing societies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East raise new questions about national development and promoting sustainable and equitable growth. In turn, they offer vital lessons for each other, for poorer economies, and even for the developed West.  The Institute has three themes:

  1. The comparative investigation of emerging economies
  2. The examination of how emerging economies promote equitable development
  3. The lesson from emerging economies can be drawn on by poorer regions and nations

National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development, The Netherlands

NCDO is a Dutch expertise and advisory centre for citizenship and international cooperation.

NCDO promotes public awareness of international cooperation and the importance of active Dutch involvement in this area. NCDO carries out research, provides information and advice, stimulates public debate and is actively involved in the field of training and education.

During the implementation of these activities NCDO cooperates with government, political and social organisations, the business community and the research sector.

NCDO is financed by the Ministery of Foreign Affairs.

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, Netherlands

Remarks: WOTRO is the science division within NWO which supports scientific research on development issues, in particular poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its scope includes all low and middle-income countries. For its activities, WOTRO receives substantial funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Expertise:The mission of WOTRO is to initiate, enhance and fund scientific research for the benefit of development and societal issues of local and global concern in developing countries. WOTRO acts at the interface of the Dutch government, the academic world and the arena of development organisations.

Overseas Development Institute (ODI), United Kingdom

Remarks: ODI is a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues in the United Kingdom. 
Expertise: ODI's mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. It is locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate. Its priority themes for 2008-2013 deal with the Millennium Development Goals, the future of aid, growth, risks and vulnaribility, the role of think tanks in development and climate change.

UK Collaborative on Development Sciences

UKCDS brings together key UK funders and stakeholders who provide support for research relevant to development.

UKCD's vision is that UK research funding maximises its impact on international development outcomes.

UKCD aims to encourage and facilitate working relationships for effective research for development.


  • Improve stakeholder collaboration in development sciences
  • Encourage research policies and practices of UK funders to reflect good practice in development
  • Support the UK to be a global leader in development sciences and their application.