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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 for a duration of three years (May 2014-2017). 

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 2014-2017

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

01/ Aid Effectiveness with a focus on fragile contexts (Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo)

This research consortium, comprised of researchers from the Université de Saint Louis - Bruxelles, Universiteit Gent, and Université libre de Bruxelles, focuses on 6 research topics in order to cover the theme of aid effectiveness in a context of fragility. For work year 2 (2015-2016), these research lines are:

  1. The operationalization of fragility,
  2. Risk analysis and management – case studies in Mali and Burundi,
  3. Conditionality – geographical focus on the Great Lakes region;
  4. Decentralisation – case studies in Mali and RDC,
  5. Civil society: in Mali and Rwanda, focusing on the basic allocation of local civil
  6. Transversal support of DGD to provide input for the INCAF network of the OECD, follow-up of the post-2015 agenda and implications for Belgium, and the mapping of Belgian interventions regarding conflict prevention.

In order to cover the theme in its diverse dimensions, this ACROPOLIS research group is based on:

  • a collaborative working structure (both within the research group - senior and junior researchers from Belgium as well as the South - and with the DGD);
  • a research agenda constructed so that it aims at academic excellence while best covering the fragile focus of the aid effectiveness agenda.

The knowledge and experience of the research team is articulated around:

  • cross-cutting research areas (post conflict and fragile states development isues; aid effectiveness and humanitarian assistance in post conflict countries);
  • concrete previous policy support;
  • sound country expertise.

The research agenda focuses on:

  • Belgium as a central actor of development cooperation;
  • international concepts and strategies;
  • evidencebased comparative analysis;
  • multilevel contextual analysis.

Expected outputs are:

  • structural support;
  • key projects specific supports;
  • dissemination and training;
  • academic activities.

Academic coordinator: Yves Cartruyvels - Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles - Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.
Academic partners: UCL, UGent, ULg, ULB
Focal point at DGD: Xavier Rouha

Start date: 1 May 2014
End date: 30 April 2016

Countries: Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo

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.

EN SAVOIR + : www.ees.kuleuven.be/klimos

Academic coordinator: Bart Muys (KU Leuven)  - Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.  
Academic partners: UAntwerpen, UCL, UGent, ULB, VUB
Focal point at DGD: Renata Vandeputte

Start date: 1 May 2014
End date: 30 April 2016

Countries: DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Morocco, Vietnam and South Africa

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).

EN SAVOIR + : www.befind.be

Academic coordinator: Romain Houssa (University of Namur) - Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. 
Academic partners: UAntwerpen, UCL, KUL
Focal point at DGD: Pieter Vermaerke

Start date: 1 May 2014
End date: 30 April 2016


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 - Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.


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