Why European Year for Development in 2015?

2015 is milestone year for international development issues. Not just because of the growing development and huminatarian challenges that are making the international headlines, but also because of the political background to the year. 2015 is the year the United Nations Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline and the negotiations for what will replace them – the “post-2015 framework” – will take place where world leaders will take decisions on our future.

The EU has never dedicated a year to external issues since 1983, when official years were set up. The year should be used as a real opportunity to have a conversation about development with a broader public, with people unaware of European development cooperation and not necessarily involved with the NGOs and institutions working on development.