The Practitioners’ Network consists of 17 Members, two Associates and one Observer.

The Practitioners’ Network is open to all European non-profit national bodies with a public service mission which directly implement European or bilateral development assistance. The status of observer is for inter-governmental bodies. The status of associate can be granted to a European agency that does not opt for membership or an EU member state that does not have a development agency.

All Members agree to the objectives, values and commitments of the Practitioners’ Network as recalled in the Charter of the Practitioners’ Network.

Members and Associates are pillar-assessed - or in the process of being pillar-assessed – by the European Commission.


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Austrian Development agency

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation and Cooperation with Eastern Europe (ADC).

ADA is responsible for the implementation of all bilateral programmes and projects in the ADC partner countries and administrates the corresponding budget. ADA is pillar-assessed since 2009 and also implements significant funding for the European Union.

The Spanish International Cooperation Agency for Development (AECID) is under the aegis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation through the State Secretariat for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean.

It is the entity in charge of promotion, management and execution of the Spanish international cooperation policy for development. Thus, its objectives, beneficiaries and finalities are those of the Spanish cooperation: poverty reduction, promotion of sustainable human development in the developing countries, particularly those designated in the Master Plan established every four years.

AFD is an inclusive public financial institution and the main actor in France’s development policy. It makes commitments to projects that genuinely improve the everyday lives of people, in developing and emerging countries and in the French overseas territories.

AFD works in many sectors energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital technologies, training – and supports the transition to a safer, more equitable and more sustainable world: a world in common. Its action is fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through its network of 85 agencies, AFD operates in 109 countries and is currently supporting over 3,500 development projects. In 2017, it earmarked EUR 10.4bn to finance these projects.
AICS Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

AICS - the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development - is one of key innovations established by the Italian law on international cooperation (Law No. 125/2014). The Agency began operating in January 2016, with the aim of aligning Italy with its principal European and global partners in the endeavor of development. Its basic model reflects that used in the main European countries, and it must comply with the demand for more professional and innovative forms of cooperation, involving the methodological flexibility necessary in a continuously evolving scenario.

The Agency headquarters are in Rome. AICS runs another base in Florence and 20 field offices worldwide for assessing local needs, implementing development initiatives, monitoring results and building partnerships on the ground. According to the law, the Agency’s mission is to "perform technical and operational activities associated with the examination, development, financing, management and control of the cooperation initiatives".
British Council

The British Council is the UK’s Cultural Relations organisation with a public service mission operating in the field of development assistance to developing countries through an ODA mandate by the British Government. The British Council promotes the advancement of people to people cooperation through education and society programmes. The British Council has offices in over 110 countries, and is a pillar assessed organisation since 2011.
Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua

Camões Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, is a public institute, integrated in the indirect administration of the State, with administrative and financial autonomy and its own assets, pursuing duties of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under its supervision.

Camões, I.P., mission is to propose and implement the Portuguese cooperation policy and to coordinate activities undertaken by other public entities involved in implementing that policy and also to propose and implement the educational policy, to disseminate the Portuguese language and culture in foreign universities and to manage the foreign Portuguese teaching network at primary and secondary levels.
Center Project Management Agency - Lithuania

The Central Project Management Agency (CPMA) is a public institution established in 2003 by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. The Agency:

  • has experience in management and implementation of various European Union (EU) and other international donors’ programmes (European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms, Swiss Contribution);
  • EU ”pillar assessed agency” administering EU funding under indirect management for 14 years now;
  • has a number of international projects (the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) (the Balkans and Turkey) and European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) Eastern Partnership countries;
  • Since 2008 CPMA has been implementing 49 Twinning projects in IPA and ENI countries and 10 other type projects (EU Technical Assistance, EU grant etc.).
  • National Development Cooperation Agency as of 2017 July.
The Czech Development Agency

The Czech Development Agency (Czech Aid) was established in 2007 by a decision of the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs. It has taken over the activities of the Czech Development Center which ceased to exist at the end of 2007.

The newly established Agency is in charge of implementing the Czech development cooperation. Czech Aid is responsible for identifying, evaluating and implementing projects in priority countries. It finances investments as well as capacity enhancement, with subsidies from the MFA.

Enabel is the development agency of Belgium’s federal government. Enabel implements Belgium’s international development policy.Under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Enabel carries out public service assignments in Belgium and abroad.

Enabel provides customised expertise, including Belgian public expertise, promotes the involvement of all and pursues top-level partnerships. Enabel enhances the impact of Belgium in international development by carrying out assignments for Belgian and international third-party donors.
Expertise France

Expertise France is the French public agency in charge of international technical cooperation. The agency supports, advises and assists partner countries in the design and implementation of sound public policies in the following fields: governance, security, climate and human development.

It designs customised technical assistance projects, brings together the most qualified public and private expertise and supervises infrastructure development and performance. The agency favours a partnership- based approach designed to meet the needs of the beneficiary countries, and supports the priorities of the French and European development policies.

The Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP) is a public Foundation governed by the Spanish Vice-Presidency of Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, together with other line Ministries and public bodies. As part of the Spanish international cooperation system (cooperación española), it manages the participation of public administrations in international technical cooperation projects.

FIIAPP supports the improvement of public systems by promoting peer-to-peer exchanges, capacity building and research on public policies. Geographical and sectorial priorities are aligned with foreign and development policies. The Foundation supports the implementation of bilateral Spanish development cooperation and manages projects funded by international organizations and third countries. FIIAPP is the Spanish management unit for the EU Twinning program and eligible for indirect management of EU funds.

As a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world.

As a German public-benefit federal enterprise GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse GIZ expertise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries all benefiting from the services.

LuxDev is the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency. Its mission is to translate Luxembourg's official bilateral development policy, targeting poverty eradication, into concrete achievements. In the developing countries, LuxDev supports its partners' efforts towards sustainable development.
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RoAid is Romania’s International Development Cooperation Agency that brings together the work of Romanian public institutions, the civil society and the private sector towards the global efforts of sustainably alleviating extreme poverty and supporting stronger democratic institutions in developing countries. Romania became a donor of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in 2007, after joining the European Union. Thus, Romania joined the efforts of the international community to encourage and support the advancement of the economic, social and political welfare of developing countries.

The Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation (SAIDC) was established in 2007 and its main focus is on development activities in partner countries, global education, as well as public awareness initiatives.

The SAIDC is in charge of managing and supervising development activities within an official state development assistance program known as “Slovak Aid”. This scheme operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. Through its work and in cooperation with others, Sida contributes to implementing Swedens Policy for Global Development and the Policy framework for Swedish development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

Sida carries out enhanced development cooperation with a total of 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The selection of cooperation countries is made by the Swedish government. Sida’s assignment is to allocate funding for development purposes and to distribute humanitarian aid to people in need of assistance.

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a non-profit organisation determined to eliminate poverty. Our long-term, local staying power in 26 developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America enables us to kick-start markets, strengthen institutions, and establish conducive legal and policy environments.

On behalf of our international donors, our global team of experts in Agriculture, WASH and Energy implements projects at scale.