In January 2015, CONCORD launched the Civil Society Alliance for the European Year for Development 2015 (EYD2015). EAEA is a member of the Alliance and will engage in activities on adult education and development in 2015.
The Alliance aims to create new dialogues between civil society organisations and citizens of the EU and EU partner countries. Civil society organisations can act as providers of evidence and sector expertise as well as of stories that tell about development from a more personal angle.
Raising awareness on new narratives
Development – in the context of development cooperation – has long been understood as aid for "poor people" in the "global South". However, the narratives around development have changed greatly in the past few years.
The paradigm "development aid is great" has stepped aside for the benefit of more critical approaches to development. These approaches put human development in the foreground and focus on the interdependency of the economy, cultures and societies worldwide.
In order to promote new approaches to development, civil society will also have the role to engage the public in a critical debate on development issues, and to engage as actors for development.
Share the good practices
To coordinate activities of civil society in a more structured way, the EYD2015 is divided into thematic months. February is the month for education. If you publish any articles or organise workshops, meetings etc. related to adult education and development, do not hesitate to share it information with us! For further information, please contact EAEA Membership and Events Officer Raffaela Kihrer.
EAEA events related to EYD2015 will be announced later on the EAEA website.
European Commission’s main objectives for the EYD2015
- Informing Union citizens about the Union's and the Member States' development cooperation, highlighting the results that the Union, acting together with the Member States;
- Fostering direct involvement, critical thinking and active interest of EU citizens and stakeholders in development cooperation including in policy formulation and implementation;
- Raising awareness of the benefits of the Union's development cooperation to achieve a broader understanding of policy coherence for development, to foster among citizens in Europe and developing countries a sense of joint responsibility, solidarity and opportunity in a changing and increasingly interdependent world.
Text: Raffaela Kihrer
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