European Year for Development – our world, our dignity, our future
What is it about?
The European Year for Development deals with the EU’s external action and Europe’s role in ending poverty worldwide and encouraging sustainable development.
EU development aid goes to around 150 countries. Some of it is spent on providing humanitarian aid to save lives in crisis situations, but it is also used for development work – helping countries to fight poverty in the medium and long term and achieve sustainable economic growth.
The EU is the world’s largest aid donor (€56.5 billion in 2013), with 25% of EU aid given directly to governments. But much more work still needs to be done, as one in eight people in the world do not have enough to eat.
Themes of the month
Each month, the focus is on a development theme:
- January: Europe in the World
- February: Education
- March: Women and girls
- April: Health
- May: Peace and security
- June: Sustainable green growth, decent jobs and businesses
- July: Children and youth
- August: Humanitarian aid
- September: Demography and migration
- October: Food security
- November: Sustainable development and climate action
- December: Human rights and governance
Story of the month – July 2014
As part of the international European Voluntary Service project ‘Yatra’, 16 young Dutch volunteers with a migrant background travelled to Morocco in 2014 and helped out at an orphanage for a few weeks. They helped orphans and underprivileged young people by organising sporting and cultural activities. The project was repeated in 2015. Read the full story.
How you can join in
- Take part in debates and share your ideas and views. Check out our events for young people in 2015.
- Join a development organisation, such as Amnesty International, UNICEF or Food and Agriculture Organization.
- Volunteer to work on a development project.