This position paper released by CONCORD’s Development Awareness Raising and Education (DARE) Forum outlines the role of DEAR and citizen participation in the development discourse.

CONCORD’s DARE Forum rejects the vertical conception of development, typified by a paternalistic charity-based approach whereby ‘underdeveloped’ countries require help to reach and catch up to the level of the ‘developed north’, in favour of a horizontal model based on a shared human responsibility.

DEAR aims to make central contributions to development understood as shared human responsibility, in particular by mobilising public engagement, facilitating the emergence of a global civil society and fostering new development paradigms.