International Partners

ICDE has a number of collaborative partnerships with organisations around the world.

The ICDE Secretariat works to support the ICDE community with internationalisation and networking opportunities by connecting members to each other. By forging partnerships with international and regional associations, ICDE facilitates knowledge exchange and cross-nation collaborative opportunities for its members.

Consultative Partner to UNESCO

ICDE has been a consultative partner to UNESCO since 1967, and works with them in the service of international cooperation and development.

This status grants ICDE’s members a voice at UNESCO, while obliging ICDE to acquaint its members with UNESCO programmes, activities and achievements pertaining to open and distance education.

Global Education Coalition

The Global Education Coalition, launched by UNESCO, is a platform for collaboration and exchange to protect the right to education during COVID-19. It brings together more than 175 members from the UN family, civil society, academia and the private sector to ensure that #LearningNeverStops.

Coalition members rally around three flagships: connectivity, teachers and gender.

Find out more about the Global Education Coalition here.


Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)

Brazilian Association for Distance Education (ABED)

Australasian Council on Open, Distance and E-Learning (ACODE)

African Council for Distance Education (ACDE)

Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)

Asociación Iberoamericana de Educación Superior A Distancia (AIESAD)

Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)

European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN)

European Training Foundation (ETF)

The Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ)

Flexible Education Norway (FUN)

Interuniversity Federation of Distance Education (FIED)

Knowledge Equity Network (KEN)

LearningPlanet Alliance

Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)

Open Education Global (OEG)

Open Learning Campus (OLC)


Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

Quality Matters

South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO)

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