EYD Calendar

Why not head along to one of the European Year for Development Events in Ireland!

This is an action packed year, with NGOs and groups all over Ireland and the EU coming together to talk about the world we want, and to take action. Across Ireland there are hundreds of thousands of people who donate, volunteer and campaign for a better world, on a daily basis. We believe 2015 is the year to celebrate the drive of those people – and to inspire others to do likewise. We hope that, by the end of the year, we have increased the number of people who feel that they do have a degree of influence on global issues. We hope to have encouraged people to recognise their potential as change makers, and to have dented the feelings of powerless that people experience when it comes to global issues.

European Year for Development 2015 Calendar of Events: 

Previous Events During the Year


  • Irish launch by President Michael D. Higgins

  • MEPs Visions for Sustainable Development

  • EYD2015 Action Day

  • Round table meetings of youth groups and NGOs with Amina Mohammed, special advisor to Ban Ki Moon on the post2015 agenda

  • Africa Centre Annual Lecture – ‘China in Africa: What is there to learn?’


  • UCD Volunteers Overseas Development Film Series

  • NYCI roundtable – ‘Young People, 2015 and Beyond...’

  • Christian Aid conference – The Human Rights Impact of Tax and Fiscal Policy

  • People’s Climate Ireland - Global Divestment Days

  • Social Justice Ireland Conference – ‘Climate Justice and Policy Coherence: A challenge for Ireland’

  • Kerry One World Centre and IT Tralee seminar – ‘Perspectives on Sustainable Development, Global and Local’

  • Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership – Interfaith Service: ‘Standing in solidarity, sympathy and support with communities and families affected by the Ebola virus’

  • Comhlámh Trade Justice Group and Fairtrade Ireland – ‘Who’s got the power? Key players in making trade fair’


  • Comhlámh First Wednesday Debate: ‘The Media, Minority Voices, Access and Power’

  • Women in Global Development breakfast meeting – ‘How do we walk the talk?’

  • Wezesha seminar – Women hold up half the sky’

  • NYCI Media Competition – celebrating the European Year for Development 2015

  • Institute for International and European Affairs – ‘The Cost of Inaction: Narrowing the Inequality Gap’: talk by Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

  • Europe Direct and Centre for Global Women’s Studies (NUIG) – Public seminar ‘Ireland and Overseas Development: Defending the rights of women and children’

  • Roundtable for NGOs and Media – ‘How to tell powerful human stories: Are NGOs and the media missing an opportunity to tell engaging stories about global issues?’


  • Worldwise Global Schools Annual Conference

  • Fashion Revolution Day

  • Conversation on Citizenship and Participation in Ireland and the World 


  • Dóchas Annual Conference 

  • Dóchas Awards for Innovative Programme of the Year & Global Citizen of the Year 

  • Europe Day Celebrations 8th May

  • Africa Day Celebrations in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick 

  • Launch of public attitudes research


  • The Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages Roundtable 

  • European Development Days in Brussels 

  • Irish Development Education Association annual conference ‘Universality in Action’


  • Irish Congress of Trade Unions Biennial Delegates Conference 

  • Action 2015 day of action on Financing for Development 

  • Third Financing for Development Conference, Addis Ababa


  • EYD- Ireland Curation of the European Twitter Account (Aug 3rd-7th)

  • World Humanitarian Day (Aug 19th)

  • Breakfast meeting for communications professionals in the development & commercial sectors with Wilson Hartnell (Aug 26th)

If you would like to get in touch about linking in with the European Year for Development, or feel you have an idea for an event or action that fits with the themes of the year, then please get in touch. Email the EYD team at eyd@dochas.ie


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