EYD Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from the European Year for Development so far. They include the latest opinion poll which asked Irish people what they think about development issues, the award winning opening conference with President Michael D. Higgins, Africa Day, and the ongoing opportunities for sharing stories of change from around the world. Scroll down to find out more!

Survey shows what Irish people really think about development and global justice

2015 is the European Year for Development. Dóchas is coordinating activities in Ireland for the year, which aims to change the way people think about, talk about and act on global issues by establishing a new development narrative in Ireland that shifts beyond charity and aid to address issues of universality, engagement, individual and collective responsibility and global solidarity.

As part of its activities for EYD2015, Dóchas commissioned Amárach Research to conduct a follow-up attitudes survey to determine current public attitudes to development cooperation and global justice. 

Click here to read the full copy of this report including key findings summary


President Michael D. Higgins on The European Year for Development 


President Michael D Higgins has been a committed ambassador for the European Year for Development this year, eloquently expressing the ideals of the European Year for Development in several keynote addresses at home and abroad over the past six months, bringing development to the forefront of the national conversation in an engaging and considered way.

You can read several of the President's speeches which reference the European Year for Development here: 

The Launch of the European Year for Development in Dublin Castle has won two prestigious awards


The event, organised by Dóchas and the European Year for Development, won awards for Best Launch Event and Best Conference at the Event Industry Awards in May. 

Two hundred people came together in Dublin Castle for the event on January 22nd to celebrate the European Year for Development. The launch was attended by President Michael D. Higgins who gave the keynote address.

The ceremony was attended by people from every sphere of Irish society- people from the business world, politicians, activists, youth groups, media, and community groups. The range of people who attended the conference was a sign that Ireland cares about global issues and international development. During what is a pivotal year for the planet, people all over Ireland are getting involved in global issues, keeping the motto of the European Year for Development- our world, our dignity, our future - at the heart of what they do.

For more photographs on the event click here

How much do people know about development in January 2015 and how can we change that? 

This year is all about engaging the citizens of Ireland on development issues.  To kick off the year EMI's Laura Gaynor went out to the streets of Dublin to ask what international development meant to the people of Ireland: 

Fashion and Development #FashRev

Carry Somers from Fashion Revolution was one of the speakers at the conference. What does fashion have to do with development? Well, you might be surprised! 

Have a look at Carry's Fashion Revolution 2015 to see how you can get involved: 

Meet the makers:


EYD at Africa Day on 24th May was another big highlight of the year so far

Africa Day 2015 took place in the Phoenix Park and was a wonderful success. The theme of this year's Africa Day was The Eurpoean Year for Development. People took to the selfie stand to make their pledges for 2015 to show that one person really can make a difference. Others took to the microphone for the speakers' corner to talk about the issues that matter to them when it comes to creating a just and sustainable world. 

Leinster player Zane Kirchner makes his pledge for 2015; Conall O'Caoimh, Director of Value Added Africa at the speakers' corner

Chiezda McClean made a video blog of her experience of the Africa Day celebrations in Farmleigh:

The Inside Out Series in The Irish Times 

The European Year for Development is about sharing stories of change, which are happening all over the world. As part of the Year, Dóchas has partnered with the Irish Times to produce an ongoing "Inside Out Series -Stories from a Developing World" to tell those stories.

In one, Giveth Mumba in Zimbabwe talks about overcoming gender stereotypes,  while in another, Indira, who was born in Khanikhola Dhading, Nepal, speaks about how joining a local women's group has enabled her to advise other women to stand up for their rights. Find out more about these stories by visiting the Irish Times Inside Out Series page.

Giveth Mbumba at her garage in Harare

Giveth Mumba in her garage in Harare

Writing Competition 

The winners of the competition recited their winning pieces at the European Year for Development stand at Africa Day. You can read the winning entries here

Keep up to date with what’s going on this year

Follow the European Year for Development Ireland on Facebook or on Twitter.

You can also visit  our calendar of events, to find out what is happening around the country that you could join in.

Useful links and resources