AEIDL is the European Association for Information on Local Development (Association Européenne pour l'Information sur le Développement Local).
It was founded in 1988 and is based in Brussels. As of 2014 its members are around 30 individuals from 12 European Union countries who are involved in and expert on local development. Its activities include carrying out projects to promote local development, and implementing contracts for public authorities, especially at EU level. It employs approximately 20 staff. It is a non-profit organisation and devotes its trading surpluses to the furtherance of its objectives, which are:the promotion of social Europe in a spirit of integration;
the facilitation of transnational co-operation by means of exchanges, contacts and partnerships among persons and organisations;
the creation, management and broadening of transnational networks of physical and legal persons, especially those having the object of economic, social and cultural development;
activities of information, study and research, technical assistance, publishing and communication ancillary to the objects mentioned above.
For nearly 10 years (1992–2001) AEIDL animated the EU's main rural development programme, LEADER.
Its workload includes:communication for the LIFE programme, as part of the Neemo consortium
helpdesk of the European Evaluation Network for Rural Development, as part of the RurEval consortium
the support unit for the European Fisheries Areas Network (FARNET), as part of the Devnet consortium
technical assistance for transnationality in the European Social Fund
It is a founder member of ECOLISE, the European Network for Community-led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability.
In 2016 it launched an initiative to promote citizen-led initiatives in favour of refugees.