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EADI Directors’ Meeting

Setting the Agenda: Annual Meeting of EADI Directors

Exclusively targeting directors, this annual event aims at facilitating exchanges on issues related to the management of research institutes and think tanks. It connects EADI research institutes for more effective co-operation by sharing ideas, identifying common problems, reviewing progress of ongoing initiatives, creating jointly new project plans. In Europe, there is no better occasion for institute directors to meet and exchange.

Directors' Meeting 2024

The 2024 EADI Directors' Meeting will be held from 7-8 November in Krakow, hosted by the Centre for International Studies and Development at Jagiellonian University, and the Polish International Studies Association (PISA) and their 2024 congress.

By invitation only. If you are interested to receive an invitation, please write to itter(at)

Draft programme (status 21.05.2024)


Directors' Meeting 2022

The 2022 EADI Directors' Meeting took place on 3 and 4 November 2022 in London at Kings' College in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Department of International Development (DID) at King's. 

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Directors' Meeting 2019

In 2019 the annual Directors' meeting was held in Cordoba, Spain, at Loyola Andalucía University from 17 to 18 October 2019. The event was kindly hosted by a consortium of EADI members in Spain: REEDESInstituto ElcanoICEI and ETEA Foundation.

The topical focus of this year's meeting was the 2030 Agenda, with emphasis on the Latin American perspective and with an overarching focus on the practical application of public policies. The meeting consisted of several panels, aiming to build connections between member institutes and the around 50 participants.

The meeting also included a public event on Thursday, 17 October from 17.30 to 19.30 on "Inequality in Latin America: Markets and Politics".

The meeting has issued a statement of support for British member institutes on the occasion of the ongoin Brexit talks. Read the statement

You can read a post on the directors' meeting's panel discussion "Contending Regions? A geographical approach to the 2030 Agenda" on our blog.


Directors’ Meeting 2018

EADI held its annual Directors’ Meeting on 11 and 12 October in Vienna.

The event was kindly hosted by the Austrian Foundation for Development Research ÖFSE. The focus of the meeting was on the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Members of the EADI Management Committee and participants of the recent EADI Directors' Meeting have issued a Statement of Solidarity with the Austrian Commission for Development Research (KEF) whose funding was terminated by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. Read the full statement here

In the opening panel, the members were updated on the European development policy (Read a summary here)

The public evening event was entitled "Building a New Partnership between Africa and the EU. Business as usual or a transforming agenda?" (Read a summary here)


Read about previous Directors' Meetings

Contending Regions? A geographical approach to the 2030 Agenda

Christiane Kliemann - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
What are the most crucial changes brought about by the SDGs? Where does the Agenda 2030 leave Latin America and Africa? What can we as researchers do? And do we need new economic perspectives such as degrowth to achieve sustainable development? The panel session at the recent EADI Directors’ Meeting in Cordoba raised more questions than it provided answers – which did not come unexpected, given that the SDGs are far from being implemented in any country of the world. At the same time, all discussants agreed that the world requires more than typical business-as-usual approaches. But as always, the devil is in the detail…

“Global Development? We Have Reached a Cul-De-Sac”

Henning Melber - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
EADI President Henning Melber strongly supports the view that science is not neutral and needs to take clear positions. At the recent EADI Directors’ Meeting in October 2018 in Vienna we had the chance to ask him a few questions