IIED Europe

IIED Europe (full name the International Institute for Environment and Development – Europe) was created to contribute to efforts to achieve major progress towards the goals of sustainable development. Its focus is global environmental and social change, including the impacts of European actors.

View of a picturesque outside area in front of buildings

IIED Europe is based next to the Hortus Botanicus, a botanical garden in the Plantage district of Amsterdam (Photo: sharyn morrow, via FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

IIED Europe's priority in 2021 is to establish the foundation so that its operations and its strategy are well-founded and clearly communicated with a broad range of audiences in the European Union and globally.

By 2022 it will have in place a number of focused workstreams and increased staff capacity, so the foundation can contribute substantively to efforts by a broad range of governments and organisations to address the challenges of climate change, threats to natural systems, the impacts of urbanisation around the world and the roles of private sector actors.

IIED Europe aims to collaborate closely with IIED in the UK, though they are fully independent organisations with distinct governance and decision-making structures.

Organisation details

Statutory name: Stichting International Institute for Environment and Development Europe
Public name: IIED Europe
RSIN/fiscal number: 862003234
Kvk number: 81230710
Address: Plantage Middenlaan 2K, 1018 DD, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


The objectives of the foundation, as listed in Article 3 of the Articles of Association, are to:  

  1. Advance the education of the public by all charitable means, and
  2. Promote sustainable development for the public benefit by the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment and the prudent use of natural resources, the relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities and the promotion of sustainable means for achieving economic growth and regeneration.

In order to accomplish these objectives, the foundation will cooperate with IIED. The foundation is a non-profit making organisation.


IIED Europe has a supervisory board and management board. The supervisory board is the highest body of the foundation and oversees the management’s policy and general affairs of the foundation.

Supervisory board

•    Maarten van Aalst 
•    Silvia Charpentier
•    Alicia Pérez-Porro

The management board is responsible for managing day-to-day operations. On average, the management board shall meet formally at least twice a year. Management board members shall retire in accordance with a schedule of retirement drawn up by the supervisory board, with observance of a period of office of four years; however, retiring management board members shall be eligible for reappointment without limit.

Management board

•    Tom Mitchell (chairman)
•    Tom Bigg (treasurer)
•    James Persad (secretary)
•    James Mayers

Financial arrangements

IIED Europe is a non-profit making organisation, and its income will be used solely to achieve its objectives.

The members of the supervisory board receive no financial reward, but may claim reasonable expenses incurred while carrying out their duties as part of the supervisory board. 

Further details of the remuneration policy, spending policy, recruitment of funds and other financial matters can be found in the IIED Europe policy plan (PDF).

A financial statement will be provided publicly at the end of the first year of IIED Europe's operation.


IIED Europe has secured an initial investment from IIED, its partner organisation in the UK, for full inception and operational costs for its set-up phase (FY20-22), as their overarching charitable objectives and mission are aligned.

During this time, the foundation will develop its detailed fundraising and business development strategy, which will focus primarily on developing relationships to secure funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, international aid agencies, national and international government agencies, foundations and philanthropic organisations, as well as corporations and the private sector.

IIED Europe will also be investigating public fundraising initiatives, such as general gifts and donations, crowdfunding, direct marketing, legacies and fundraising campaigns, as well as other innovative fundraising initiatives.

IIED Europe and IIED will be sharing certain resources to ensure cost-effectiveness and value for money for the funder, and maximisation and leverage of organisational capacities.


IIED Europe has charitable foundation status in the Netherlands – Algemeen Nut beogende instelling (ANBI).

Horizon scanning – identifying research priorities

Can you help IIED Europe to identify research priorities, focusing on the impacts the European Union (EU) is having on sustainable development prospects in the Majority World?

Over the past eight months IIED Europe has carried out an ambitious horizon scanning project, to build better understanding of how the EU – its policies, institutions, enterprises and banks, and its countries and citizens – is influencing environmental and socio-economic development in Majority World countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. 

The outcomes of this initiative will inform research objectives and plans for research organisations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the EU, as well as policymaking processes in all of these contexts. It will provide decision-makers with timely support to help maximise positive impacts (and minimise negative impacts) of European policymaking processes on Majority World countries.  

Priority research areas 

We have now closed the consultation stage, and received an extensive set of research priorities, primarily provided by policy experts from the Majority World. We are delighted with the quality and diversity of these responses. 

These research priorities addressing the EU’s influence on the Majority World have been clustered into 10 broad themes:

  1. Natural resources
  2. Monitoring, reporting, evaluation and learning (MREL), evidence, data and knowledge management
  3. Just transition
  4. Climate change
  5. Economics, finance, business and trade
  6. Localisation
  7. Urban development
  8. Food systems
  9. Gender, equality and human rights
  10. Other themes

We need your help!

We would like to invite you to help rank the clusters of research priorities.

How long will it take?

It will take around 10-25 minutes for each cluster of research themes. You can review as few or as many of these as you like.

How it works 

Please click on the links above to take you to the online ranking tool. 
The tool will present you with a series of screens, each with five research priorities expressed in the form of a question. You can select the priority that is most important for you, and the one that is less important. 

After you have finished the screen, you can move to the next cluster. The algorithm will calculate the final ranking. The algorithm is based on MaxDiff (also called worst best) approach, and we would be happy to provide you with references to the corresponding literature if you need them. Your answers are anonymous.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this process so far, and to those making future and vital contributions to this game-changing exercise.   
For any information, comment or support, please contact us: director@iied-europe.org.