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:
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 Mumba in her garage in Harare
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 –
You can also visit our calendar of events, to find out what is happening around the country that you could join in.
European Year for Development: https://europa.eu/eyd2015/en
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