• Austrian Development Agency
  • Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo
  • Agence Française de Développement
  • British Council
  • Belgian development agency
  • Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P.
  • Czech Development Agency
  • Europe Aid
  • Expertise France
  • Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
  • Luxembourg Development Cooperation
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation
  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

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About us


The goal of the Practitioners’ Network is to contribute to coherence within the EU donor community and, at the same time, benefit from the wide range of organisations active in this field in order to encourage an integrated, pluralistic and innovative approach to European development cooperation, implemented as efficiently as possible.

How did the PN start?

It was agreed on 23 February 2007 to establish an informal European network of development cooperation practitioners. The Practitioners' Network is an informal, non-profit platform, governed by its Charter which has been prepared in accordance with Belgian contract law. 

How is the PN organised?

The organs of the Practitioners’ Network are: the General Assembly; the President and the Troika; the Steering Committee and the Thematic Working Groups.

The General Assembly is the main organ of the Practitioners’ Network. The General Assembly is composed of all Members and meets at least once a year. It is entrusted with all powers not reserved to other organs of the Practitioners' Network.

The Troika is composed of the previous, current and future Presidents. The current Troika is composed of BTC, AFD, ADA, until May 2016. The Troika guarantees the strategic continuity of the Practitioners’ Network and the ownership of the Practitioners’ Network by various Members. The President calls, organises and chairs Steering Committee meetings and (ordinary and extraordinary) General Assembly meetings and may chair any other meeting or event of interest to the Practitioners’ Network.The Presidency has been ensured through a duo, with AFD and BTC until December 2015. Since January 2016, the Presidency is ensured by BTC.

The main role of the Steering Committee is to prepare and implement decisions taken by the General Assembly. The following Members currently seat on the Steering Committee: BTC, AFD, ADA, GIZ, SIDA, AECID.

Various Thematic Working Groups have been created to allow Members to exchange views and work on topical issues, which reflect the priorities of the Practitioners’ Network, at both the operational and strategic levels. Thematic Working Groups are managed in a decentralized way by group leaders (i.e. a Member of the Practitioners’ Network).

How is the Practitioners' Network funded?

The Practitioners' Network budget is entirely based on its Members' contributions that cover all costs. Members pay an annual membership fee to the Practitioners' Network. Observers may make voluntary financial contributions to the Practitioners' Network.

Values and reference framework

The Practitioners’ Network is guided by: