The Estonian Centre for International Development (ESTDEV) is a government-funded foundation responsible for managing and implementing Estonia’s international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance projects through partnerships and investments that reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, build sustainable economies, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond assistance.

The role of ESTDEV is to empower and inspire Estonia’s partner countries to set goals and find creative solutions for the implementation of their development plans. By sharing its own successful reform experience, the objective of Estonia’s development cooperation is to support partner countries to become self-reliant and capable of leading their own development journeys in ways that benefit and include all groups in society. To become the centre of excellence for Estonian development cooperation and humanitarian aid, ESTDEV involves top experts from Estonian civil society as well as the public and private sectors to ensure that projects implemented are sustainable and meet the expectations and needs of the partner country.

By implementing strategic and meaningful projects, ESTDEV seeks to enhance Estonia’s visibility as an international donor and partner, increase the share of foreign funding, and link development cooperation to Estonia’s foreign policy and economic diplomacy. ESTDEV aims to become a center of competence, to create and grow the expertise of development cooperation and humanitarian crisis management in Estonia. Through these acts, ESTDEV endeavours to increase the Estonians’ awareness of development cooperation as a mean to promote the goals of global security and sustainable development.

Formation of the organisation

On 1 April 2021, the Government of the Republic of Estonia approved the proposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish the Estonian Centre for International Development in order to increase the impact of Estonian development cooperation and humanitarian aid projects and to create preconditions for policy formulation and implementation. ESTDEV was founded on 23 April 2021 and registered in the Commercial Register on 30 April 2021.

The first challenge for the organisation was to merge the Estonian Centre for Eastern Partnership (ECEAP) with ESTDEV. On the basis of the ECEAP, a new unit, the Eastern Partnership Department, was created. The Africa and Emerging Markets Department was added in September.

Organisational structure


In April 2022, there were 28 employees involved in ESTDEV, in addition to whom 20 Estonian and four foreign experts were involved in the projects.

Contact information

General Information

Address: Pärnu mnt 31-43, Tallinn 10119, Estonia
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +372 629 9217