About us

Learn4dev is an international network of development organisations from different backgrounds. We work together to provide better learning opportunities for our staff and partners.

The network is not formalised nor has its own staff or secretariat. It exists thanks to the commitment of its members to contribute to more efficient aid. It thereby benefits from its informal and thus flexible structure.

read our charter – pdf file

The evolution of the learn4dev network took place against the background of global paradigm shifts. From the Rome Declaration on Harmonisation (2003) over the Millennium Goals (2000), the Busan agreement (2012) and today's Sustainable Development Goals (2015), the network has always positioned itself within the evolutions and changes in the global development agenda. Click on the links to understand more on the global development framework.


The essence of the learn4dev network are the Expert Groups. Each group is created around a specific topic or common area of interest and is moderated by an Expert Group leader. Within the Expert Groups, members work together on training initiatives, the co-creation of tools or the sharing of knowledge.

read our history – pdf file

Today the network counts 30 member organisations including bilateral donor organisations, multilateral organisations and international training and research centres. Focal points are crucial links between member organisation and the network.









Learn4dev's Core Group serves as a board for the network. It includes members who are organisers of the most recent and forthcoming Annual Meetings. As all members are expected to help organise an Annual Meeting at some point, each will have an opportunity to participate in the Core Group as well.
The Core Group typically meets four times a year. While the Core Group requires extraordinary commitment from members, its meetings can be held at the offices of learn4dev members who are not part of the Core Group, including back-to-back with meetings of one or more Expert Groups.


To contact all current and former Core Group members, visit the network's LinkedIn page in the footer of this page.


Expert Groups are a major pillar of the learn4dev network. Each is founded when at least three members of the network propose to form a group and join efforts to work on a specific topic. While some groups might choose to focus on knowledge sharing, others work towards developing learning programmes or training materials.
Besides regular exchange among members of an Expert Group, each selects a leader to represent the Expert Group and reports on its activities at learn4dev’s Annual Meeting.




Focal points are responsible for:
•    Ensuring visibility of the training and learning activities developed by his/her organization and open for the learn4dev members by publishing the information on the learn4dev website;
•    Disseminating information about learning opportunities provided by other learn4devmembers among the colleagues of his/her organization;
•    Coordinating needs and contributions of the members of the expert groups of his/her organization with learn4dev, including proposals of new burning issues;
•    Motivating colleagues to join expert groups.



Video – Annual Meeting 2017 After Movie

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