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Appui aux politiques de développement

ACROPOLIS are research groups that bring together policymakers and researchers from both Dutch- and French-speaking universities in Belgium. They support the decision-making of the Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGD) by evidence-based research with the aim to improve the quality and impact of the Belgian development cooperation.

ACROPOLIS – ACademic Research Organisation for POLicy Support – is a programme that brings together policymakers from DGD, BTC, and other relevant governmental actors on the one hand and researchers from both Flemish and French-speaking universities in Belgium on the other. The first phase of ACROPOLIS had a duration of three years (May 2014-2017), the current phase consists of 18 months (until October 2018).

They conduct academic research and provide tailored academic services to the Belgian development cooperation policymakers. Ultimate aim is continued professionalization and improvement in the quality – and so also the impact – of the Belgian development cooperation.

By supporting ACROPOLIS, ARES and VLIR-UOS also aim to contribute to the visibility of Belgian academic expertise in international development.

With ACROPOLIS, ARES funds the programme that succeeds and replaces the GRAP (Groupes de Recherche en Appui aux Politiques de Coopération au développement) which has been providing successful policy-support research from 2009 until 2013, now a with shared perspective and on a coordinated Belgian level.


3 ACROPOLIS 2017-2018

3 ACROPOLIS are currently ongoing. VLIR-UOS and ARES jointly provide an average funding of € 330 000 per group per year.

01/ Governance for Development

The research consortium will conduct policy-supporting research (PSR) on governance networks that will facilitate a more effective implementation of a comprehensive approach to development and security issues in the partner countries of the Belgian development cooperation. As such it will contribute to the general and specific objectives of the PSR programme: it wants to contribute to more relevant and performant Belgian development cooperation policy with regards to the international framework of sustainable development and inclusive development (general objective).

This will be done by ensuring the uptake of the PSR on governance networks and a comprehensive approach by the federal government and other Belgian stakeholders (specific objective 1) and through strengthening academic capacity on how governance networks can strengthen a comprehensive approach (specific objective 2).


Academic coordinator: Yves Cartruyvels - Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Academic partners: UCL, UGent, ULg, ULB
Focal point at DGD: Xavier Rouha

Start date: 1 June 2017
End date: 31 October 2018

Countries: Burkina Faso and Uganda as case studies

02/ KLIMOS - Environmental & climate change in the transition towards sustainable development

KLIMOS aims at generating capacity to enable the necessary transition to a sustainable society. KLIMOS will contribute to this aim through a process of mutual learning with the Belgian Development Cooperation and its partners in the South.

Research activities focus on:

  • management of natural resources for multiple ecosystem services;
  • development of sustainable energy systems and urban infrastructures;
  • innovations in governance and institutional reform;
  • sustainability monitoring & evaluation.

Research outcomes will feed into the KLIMOS Sustainability Toolkit for project design and evaluation, and will provide strategic policy support and tailor-made training and advice to the Belgian Development Cooperation.

Many public seminars and workshops are organized, hence best is to check out the program on the KLIMOS website.


Academic coordinator: Bart Muys (KU Leuven) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Academic partners: UAntwerpen, UCL, UGent, ULB, VUB
Focal point at DGD: Renata Vandeputte

Start date: 1 June 2017
End date: 30 October 2018

Countries: Burkina Faso, Benin, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, DR Congo, Rwanda, South-Africa and Vietnam as case studies

03/ BeFinD - Financing for development

BeFinD is a consortium of four research centers at Belgian universities (Université de Namur, KU Leuven, and Universiteit Antwerpen) which combine their research experience in the field of financing and development policy in order to provide theoretically sound, empirically grounded, and practically feasible policy support to Belgian Development Cooperation regarding financing for development.

Research is targeted in a way such that findings become a direct input for policy advice on the debates about the emerging landscape of development finance and on how traditional donors like Belgium can best adapt.

Results are meant to be published in scientific and professional journals.

Seven research packages are guiding the policy supporting research on this topic: Improving tax systems for LICs, illegal money flows, debt management, redistribution mechanisms and social protection in MICs, mobilizing private resources for development, ODA and its relationship with other development-relevant funding flows, and global public goods (climate and biodiversity).


Academic coordinator: Romain Houssa (Université de Namur) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Academic partners: UAntwerpen, UCL, KUL
Focal point at DGD: Pieter Vermaerke

Start date: 1 June 2017
End date: 30 October 2018

Countries: Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Senegal and Benin as case studies


Conference : "Tackling climate, fragility & finance challenges for the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development"

On April 20, 2017, the three ACROPOLIS research groups held a joint conference on the challenges of climate, fragility and sustainable development financing.

This conference offered an opportunity for the three research groups funded by the DGD to present the results of their research and to analyze how these results can contribute to better achievement of sustainable development objectives.

Find out below the presentations that were broadcast during the conference as well as the posters that were made by the various research groups.

01/ Presentations

Session 1 : Climate & energy

Session 2 : Aid effectiveness & fragility

Session 3 : Development finance


EN SAVOIR + : contactez Camille Roegiers - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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