A whole world to explore The European Year for Development website is your gateway to the vibrant and multifaceted world of EU development cooperation. Meet our partners from all over Europe, read stories from all over the world and find out how you can get involved!
Every human being should have the freedom to live a self-determined and self-dependent life without material need. Due to global interrelations when it comes to e.g. international trade or environment we are so closely connected that we bear a common responsibility. Therefore, the German Government speaks of equal partners and not of recipients of help referring to the countries and organizations it is working with in the context of development policy. As a consequence, the term development aid has been replaced by the term development cooperation.
CARE’s vision is of a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live in dignity and security. The global injustice of poverty can only be addressed by tackling its root causes including inequality and climate change. Unjust distribution of resources and opportunities between countries, women and men, power-holders and marginalized communities results in 1.2 billion people living in poverty, the majority being women and girls. Development cooperation is critical to address these challenges and bring lasting change to the poorest worldwide.
Looking at national strategies and bilateral cooperation agreements in the field of development policy, every EU member state has its own ideas, approaches and focal points. The cooperation with other EU states helps to broaden the perspective, learn from each other and work together for the same goal. As a global player, the European Union supports its member states in bringing together their experience and know-how for more effective development cooperation.
As the biggest donor of official development assistance worldwide, the EU has the legitimacy to weigh on international debates as well as the scale and resources necessary to substantially influence global development through both its external and internal policies. With its 139 delegations worldwide and in collaboration with its partners such as CARE, the EU is well-placed to tackle the underlying causes of poverty, such as gender inequality and climate change. CARE supports the EU’s broader aims to eradicate poverty and ensure policy coherence for development.
Stop talking and take action. We are well aware of our limited resources, everybody talks about globalization. Every single person has the possibility to stand up for others – in Germany or worldwide. Everybody is asked to question one’s own action and lifestyle critically: What option do I have to take responsibility and contribute to a sustainable development? To recognize the potential to change things is the first step. To really allow change the far more important.
To achieve lasting change globally, every individual needs to contribute to the solution. EYD2015 offers a special opportunity to communicate to Europeans what development cooperation means, how our way of living impacts upon the rest of the world and what each of us can do to help. Everyone can contribute to establishing a new economic model that respects ecological limits and the unequal distribution of resources. It is important for all of us to realize that sustainable development is not just about solidarity, but it also makes economic sense—both in developing countries and worldwide.
The European Union is present and active in most countries in the world. 139 EU Delegations, spread around the globe, are the EU's invaluable eyes and ears on the ground. Every day, they contribute to building solid and lasting partnerships, at times in extremely challenging and dangerous conditions. Having championed the UN Millennium Development Goals, the EU is now helping shape a global development agenda that will deliver lasting change and take us closer to the ultimate aim: a decent life for all.