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European Year for Development – our world, our dignity, our future

Most EU citizens agree that the EU should spend more on tackling poverty in developing countries. 2015 is the first European Year to deal with these issues and Europe's international role.

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:


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.


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Published: Fri, 20/11/2015 - 14:20

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