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About ESTDEV

ESTDEV

The Estonian Centre for International Development (ESTDEV) is the state agency responsible for implementing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ international development cooperation strategy. ESTDEV works with Estonian civil society and public and private sector experts to develop innovative solutions adapted to our partners’ development needs. We aim to use Estonia’s extensive reform experience to inspire our partner countries, empowering them to meet their sustainable development goals.

Mission

ESTDEV organises and coordinates Estonia's participation in international development cooperation and long-term humanitarian aid projects to increase Estonia's contribution to global security and sustainable development. Based on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs's policy goals, ESTDEV implements projects utilising Estonian expertise from the public, private and third sectors, increasing Estonia's influence as an international donor and partner.

Vision

We work to ensure sustainable development benefits individual freedoms and security. We inspire and empower Estonian partner countries to find innovative, sustainable solutions for the development of their country. As an advocate of European values, we share Estonia's reform experience in creating a coherent, democratic digital country while always considering our partners’ expectations and development needs. Our ambition is to become a competence centre so that others may look to Estonian know-how when implementing development cooperation projects and solving humanitarian crises. Within Estonia, we aim to improve society’s awareness of the possibilities of using development cooperation to strengthen global security and meet sustainable development goals.

Values

Commitment

We are a committed and reliable partner. We take responsibility for our actions and implement cooperation projects that value the wishes and needs of the partner country and work with them to promote an inclusive society.

Professionalism

We are experts in our field and work with outside experts from Estonia’s public, private and third sectors. We set high standards when organising projects and working with partners.

Performance

We implement the agreed goals by giving partners and team members freedom of action, feedback and recognition. When implementing goals, we consider the impact that can be achieved. We adapt to the changing environment and are open to new ideas and solutions.

Cooperation

We involve partners in our target countries. We look for common ground between their needs and wishes and Estonian foreign policy and economic diplomacy goals. Our cooperation projects meet ethical and moral standards based on honesty, trust and openness.

Organisation

On April 1, 2021, the Government of the Republic of Estonia approved a Ministry of Foreign Affairs proposal to establish the Estonian Centre for International Development to increase the impact of Estonian development cooperation projects and create prerequisites for capacity building in the design and implementation of related policies. ESTDEV was founded on April 23, 2021, and registered in the commercial register on April 30, 2021.

The organisation's first challenge was merging the Estonian Eastern Partnership Center (EIPK) with ESTDEV. Based on EIPK, a new structural unit, the Eastern Partnership Office, was created. The Africa and New Markets Offices were added in September 2021.