About EADI

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.

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.

The association was founded in 1975. It is an independent and non-profit-making international non-governmental organisation.

The Secretariat is based in Bonn, Germany. The Executive Committee is drawn from across Europe.

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 is financed by its members’ contributions, project related activities and an institutional grant from the German government. EADI receives core funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ).

Services Provided by EADI

Access to Research Findings

EADI Research Monitor 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.

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 Series on Global Development presents cutting-edge research.

The monthly e-newsletter, publication digest and research monitor disseminate news and publications from EADI members and partners.

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

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 International Non-Government Organisation (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.

Access to Training and Career Services

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.

The Course Directory is an inventory of all the training possibilities offered by EADI members and partners in Europe.

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.