The European Commission's Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme, DEAR, supports projects that engage the European Union public in worldwide issues of social, economic and environmental development. DEAR works with civil society organisations and local authorities to promote universal values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. Find out more.

COVID-19: How Are Young DEAR Activists Coping?

Young people taking part in the DEAR Programme's Start the Change project share insights into how their lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many learned new skills, some couldn't even remember when they last had a haircut but all of them remain committed to social change for a better future. Hear what they have to say:



DEAR welcome seminar

 10 New DEAR Projects Focus on Youth Engagement

On 1st July we welcomed 10 new DEAR projects focusing on youth engagement to our community via an online seminar. Copies of the presentations shared during that session and an outline of the new projects, including their aims and objectives for the coming three years, are attached here



EU DEAR Projects and the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

How are DEAR projects being impacted by the pandemic and what innovative solutions have they come up with the continue to meet their project goals? See the report from a special recent COVID-19 Hub, including the report annex.

Trade Fair Live Fair

New coalition for EU laws to clean up the clothing and textile industry

It’s not too late to join a broad collation of some 65 civil society organisations calling for decisive action to improve the rights of the workers who make our clothes and shoes. The coalition want the European Union to develop a comprehensive strategy to tackle the poor working conditions, human rights abuses and environmental damage in the Textile, Garments, Leather and Footwear sector. Read more.

MSG Meeting 2020DEAR Multi-Stakeholder Group Meeting

Some 40 representatives of EU Member States, international networks, civil society organisations, local authorities, academics and the European Commission met in February 2020 to exchange and discuss priorities for DEAR.  The meeting gave an insight into both challenges and opportunities for DEAR in the context of planning for the future of the EU DEAR Programme, the Global Citizenship Education Roadmap 4.7, national DEAR strategy development, and the engagement of the private sector in DEAR.  A report on the discussions, together with presentations given at the meeting, is now available.

EnvisionThe Time is Now: New Roadmap Urges Pan-European Action on SDG 4.7

Global Citizenship Education practitioners, politicians, academics, Civil Society Organisations and Local Authority representatives are calling on European institutions to take the lead in delivering SDG 4.7, publishing a new Roadmap for action.

Empower to Change: SDG Action through Local Authorities

A Development Education and Awareness Raising project is bringing city dwellers in Germany together with rural farmers in Romania and indigenous communities in the forests of Amazonia. They are uniting in action for a more equitable and sustainable global future, with local authorities playing a central role.

Communicating on Climate Change for Action

Effective communication on climate change can be problematic. The science is complex, its effects often distant, and the ultimate message is just too scary. Climate change engagement specialist Robin Webster explains how to overcome these challenges and encourage action in video presentations.

Andreea (left) and Tina (middle) with another volunteer in MalawiVolunteering in Africa Inspires Action Closer to Home in Romania

After volunteering on a house-building project in Malawi, Tina Cretu has a whole new perspective on development and how she can actively contribute to positive change both internationally and in her home country of Romania.

Six Generations

Development Education: Some Theory

Academic thinking on global learning and development shapes the terrain where DEAR projects work. It can be helpful to understand some of this academic thinking and be able to recognise it’s influence in your own project work.

Dr Momodou SallahMotivating Young People to Engage in Global Development

Projects funded by the EU’s Development Education and Awareness Programme considered how to motive young people to act and participate in global development at a learning and development hub in Sofia, Bulgaria on 2 and 3 April. Watch video presentations here.

New to DEAR?Starting a DEAR project? Here's some advice...

If you are involved in starting or implementing a new European Commission supported DEAR project you may want to have a look at suggestions from colleagues in other projects. The ‘Planning and Implementing EU DEAR Projects’ paper gives ideas from those who have gone before you – and issues they had to deal with.  Download it here.

Cards for HumanityIdeas for Your Project's Upcoming Event

Do you have a team building session coming up or an event or exhibition planned? Perhaps you have a spare corner of your office where colleagues like to congregate? If so, these DEAR games developed and used at the European Development Days, #EDD19, might be of use to you.

Grounding a More Sustainable Europe

Families in the Mojados region of Spain are taking part in the European Commission supported ‘Rural DEAR Agenda’ project. The project, led by Valladolid province partnering with local authorities and CSOs in seven EU countries, is a pilot aiming to boost the local capacity to support awareness raising actions in rural communities across Europe. Read more...

Pupils in their school vegetable garden, MaltaInspiring Children to Lead the Way on Responsible Eating

Since Isaac Sam Camilleri took part in a European Commission supported project to educate children on responsible food consumption, he and many other kids in Malta, grow, forage or help prepare their own nutritious school lunches. 

Michaela Cermakova, right, with colleague Tereza ČajkováEating Responsibly: A Model for Environmentally Conscientious Events

Over three frigid January days in Prague, the Eat Responsibly project gathered for a closing conference. For organisers it was not only an opportunity to discuss the achievements of the previous three years and share lessons learned, but to demonstrate at every meal and coffee break, what it really means to ‘Eat Responsibly’.

DEAR 1.0_les pionniers'L'éducation au développement est plus pertinente que jamais'

Il y a quatre décennies, la Commission a décidé de soutenir des projets d'éducation au développement et de sensibilisation - dans cette vidéo (FR version) vous trouverez les points de vue de protagonistes de ces années, tant du personnel de la Commission que de la société civile. (EN version)

Buen VivirWhat Makes A Good Life?

Munich’s traffic grinds to a halt as hundreds of people sashay, skip and groove their way through hushed streets, moving to a beat only the dancers can hear. This street action is part of a European Union supported project to raise awareness of how lifestyle choices impact climate change and the environment. Read more...

Linking Tax Payment to Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

Passers by stop to look, read or exclaim at the placards draped around the necks of a group of campaigners for tax justice and women’s rights, one recent day in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana. As each campaigner strikes a pose to illustrate their slogan or represent how it makes them feel, some onlookers take the time to approach, and ask questions. Read more...

DEAR Community Updates

Sign up to Community Updates prepared by the DEAR Support Team and stay up to date on latest DEAR news, events, upcoming Calls for Proposals and DEAR projects' achievements by following this link.

Learning from DEAR Projects

DEAR learning and knowledge-sharing workshops give project managers, partners and on some occasions project participants, an opportunity to exchange experiences focusing on a particular theme or issue. If you want tips on how to plan, implement or conclude your DEAR project, follow this link.

DEAR Leaflets

The official DEAR leaflet is available in all 24 official languages of the EU. To download a copy or access a short presentation introducing the DEAR programme and some of the supported DEAR projects, follow this link.

22 March 2017

Source of funding

European Commission