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CONCORD will lead the Civil Society Alliance during the European Year for Development 2015. If you want to join, please fill in the form below and read the “Charter of Values” which all Civil Society Alliance members must adhere to.
The Civil Society Alliance:
• will use the European Year 2015 for Development as an opportunity to foster critical discussions on and
engagement for global justice among the citizens of the European Union, involving different stakeholders in the
discussion beyond the usual development sector.
• will seek to engage specific groups of citizens, including political actors, in critical discussions and public
engagement at national and community level through NGOs, including well known and new
constituencies/platforms and different CSOs active in different fields
• will organise pan-European activities in dialogue and consultation with the EU institutions, aiming for a proper
space and visibility of civil society organisations as key actors as well as achieving more effectiveness of the
• will collect and cluster citizens’ input and propose policy recommendations to EU and national institutions
Why a European Year for Development in 2015?
2015 is milestone year for international development issues. Not just because of the growing development and huminatarian challenges that are making the international headlines, but also because of the political background to the year. 2015 is the year the United Nations Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline and the negotiations for what will replace them – the “post-2015 framework” – will take place where world leaders will take decisions on our future.
The EU has never dedicated a year to external issues since 1983, when official years were set up. The year should be used as a real opportunity to have a conversation about development with a broader public, with people unaware of European development cooperation and not necessarily involved with the NGOs and institutions working on development.
Where did the idea come from?
The idea was first proposed at CONCORD’s 2011 General Assembly which gathers development NGOs from across Europe.
CONCORD is a network of European Non-governmental organisations that brings together 28 national associations (one in each EU country, from the UK to Malta), 18 international networks and 2 associate members representing 1,800 NGOs which are supported by millions of citizens across Europe.
We encouraged European institutions take the idea on board. After years of discussions the EU institutions finally voted in 2014 to dedicate the year to development issues.
For us at CONCORD, the European Year for Development should not be only about aid – what Europe gives – but also about how our lifestyle choices in Europe affect other people in the world.
What will happen?
Events and actitivies will take place right across Europe, at national level. It’s not just a ‘Brussels thing’.
Visit the dedicated European year website that usse co-curation (an idea proposed by CONCORD) to give many organisations and people the chance to publish their own content, rather than it just being official messages from the institutions.
The year will have thematic months.
What are the official objectives of the year?
Objectives of the European Year for Development (from the European Commission).
1. Inform Union citizens about the Union’s and the Member States’ development cooperation, highlighting the results that the Union, acting together with the Member States, has achieved as a global actor and will continue to achieve in line with the discussions on the post-2015 framework.
2. Foster direct involvement, critical thinking and active interest of Union citizens and stakeholders in development cooperation including in policy formulation and implementation.
3. Raise awareness of the benefits of the Union’s development cooperation not only for beneficiaries of the Union’s development assistance but also for Union citizens and to achieve a broader understanding of policy coherence for development, as well as to foster among citizens in Europe and developing countries a sense of joint responsibility, solidarity and opportunity in a changing and increasingly interdependent world.