Development education and awareness raising

Development education and awareness raising

Development education and awareness raising

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Development education and awareness raising (DEAR) aims to inform EU citizens about development issues, mobilise greater public support for action against poverty, give citizens tools to engage critically with global development issues, to foster new ideas and change attitudes.

The DEAR programme is powering this drive. It is implemented by civil society actors and local authorities in EU and acceding countries.

Development education and awareness raising (DEAR) activities play a key role in EU development assistance. They are deployed in order to raise public awareness of development issues and promote development education in EU and acceding countries. The European Union has set up a dedicated programme for this purpose.
 
The DEAR programme is taken forward primarily through actions implemented by non-state actors and local authorities in the EU and acceding countries. Its objectives are to:
  • inform EU citizens about development issues and foster awareness and understanding of global development and recognition of interdependence;
  • mobilise greater public support for action against poverty and fairer relations between developed and developing countries;
  • change attitudes, provide the European public with tools to engage critically with global developments and support the emergence of new ideas on development issues.
The European Commission has been playing an important role in facilitating dialogue among DEAR policy-makers and practitioners, fostering capacity development among DEAR partners and supporting capacity development and networking activities of the EU-funded DEAR projects.
The Commission is also encouraging the Member States to move from project-level coordination towards policy coordination.
 
To achieve these objectives, the DEAR programme focuses on two lines of action:
  • Global Learning, to foster knowledge and competences to engage with development issues, through the use of participatory and experiential education methodologies, either within or outside the formal education system;
  • Campaigning & Advocacy, where the objective is to support citizen involvement and advocacy for more sustainable policies, political and economic structures and individual practices, in relation to global development.
The projects financed through the programme reach various target groups:
  • pupils and students (from primary, secondary and higher education),
  • youth (young people in formal and informal groups: cultural organisations, out-of-school groups, etc.),
  • consumers,
  • teachers (all levels),
  • decision makers (members of national parliaments and ministries, members of the European Parliament),
  • journalists,
  • the private sector (small, medium-sized and large businesses and other commercial organisations),
  • non-governmental organisations (as targets of the projects: non-state actors cannot be applicants or partners),
  • local authorities (municipalities, province, etc.)
  • schools
  • universities/academic bodies.
While these actions are carried out in Europe, cooperation with development stakeholders in developing countries is encouraged.
 
The specific objective of the DEAR programme is to develop European citizens' awareness and critical understanding of the interdependent world and of their role, responsibility and lifestyles in relation to a globalised society. In addition, it supports the public’s active involvement in global attempts to eradicate poverty and promote justice, human rights and sustainable ways of living.
 
EU-funded DEAR projects cover a wide range of development issues and contexts. Between 2005 and 2009, they addressed more than 60 topics. Although most focus on a major theme, many projects tackle additional aspects.
 
In terms of campaign and advocacy work, the three mains topics of DEAR in 2010 were poverty, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and development policies.
 
Between 2007 and 2012, DEAR reached an estimated:
  • 11.6 million students
  • 6.6 million young people
  • 5 million consumers
  • 82,000 teachers
  • 80,000 decision makers
  • 78,000 journalists
  • 60,000 private companies
  • 26,000 NGOs
  • 15,000 local authorities
  • 8,000 schools
  • 170 universities/academic bodies.
The EU provides funding for Development Education and Awareness-Raising (DEAR) projects through a dedicated programme. Since 2006, DEAR has been financing grants with a total amount of about €30 million per year.
 
EU support to DEAR projects is channelled through the thematic programme ‘Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development’ (the NSA-LA programme). This programme is based on Article 14 of the Development Cooperation Instrument. The overall objective of the programme is to co-finance initiatives proposed or carried out by civil society organisations and local authorities.
 
The multi-annual strategies of 2007-2010 and 2011-2013 define the orientations of this programme, which are implemented through annual action programmes.
 
Number of DEAR projects financed per year by the EU
Non-state actors
Local authorities 
Approx. total amount of DEAR grants (€)
Average grant size (€)
2004
41
-
19,000,000
460,000
2005
39
-
23,000,000
590,000
2006
58
-
30,000,000
520,000
2007
37
7
28,000,000
640,000
2008-2009
80
15
61,000,000
640,000
2010
35
10
32,000,000
710,000
2011-2012
72
11
63,000,000
760,000
Source: European Commission, 2012
Note: In 2008-2009 and in 2011-2012, funding was pooled into single calls for proposals.
 
Non-state actors, local authorities and associations of local authorities from the EU and from partner countries are eligible for the programme, according to criteria explained in greater detail in article 24/2 of the Regulation establishing the Development Cooperation Instrument and in the European Commission's policy objectives: toward the Communication on Europe's engagement with Civil Society in external relations, and the Communication on local authorities as actors of development.
 
Budget lines
 
The NSA-LA programme is financed by two different budget lines. Budget line 21.03.01 NSA provides funding for NSA applicants cooperating with NSA or LA partners, and budget line 21.03.02 LA offers support for LA applicants working with LA or NSA partners.
 
Calls for proposals
 
Grants are awarded based on the outcomes of calls for proposals, a mechanism whereby a selection process is launched to choose projects on a competitive (non-discriminatory) basis. Calls for proposals provide a full description of the topic and detail the relevant eligibility, selection and award criteria. Since 2011, calls for proposals have been published every two years. Calls for the NSA-LA programme are based on the Annual Action Programme. Depending on remaining available funds, there can be additional calls for proposals. Most calls are implemented in two stages. In the first phase, concept notes are submitted for evaluation and pre-selection (restricted call for proposals). Full applications are required for projects that go through to the second stage.
 
Applications
 
Prospective applicants will find information on the procedures in the Practical Guide to Contract Procedures for EU External Actions (PRAG), and in particular its section on grants. They are invited to enter their information into the Potential Applicant Data On-Line Registration (PADOR) database and encouraged to check regularly for Calls for Proposals in their particular areas of interest.
 
Project coverage
 
The expected geographical scope of individual projects varies depending on the type of activity:
  • Global Learning projects within the formal education system involve activities in at least two EU or acceding countries.
  • Global Learning projects outside the formal education system as well as Campaigning & Advocacy projects involve activities in at least three EU or acceding countries.
 
Key documents
 
Four key documents shape the individual activities funded through the programme:
  1. the DCI Regulation, which provides the legal basis.
  2. the multiannual Thematic Strategy Paper, which details the objectives, the priority countries and regions, and the allocations.
  3. the relevant Annual Action Programme, which is based on the multiannual Thematic Strategy Paper and establishes country envelopes for the relevant year;
  4. the guidelines for individual Calls for Proposals, which set out any applicable specific conditions. These guidelines will be published when the call is launched on the Funding section of this website.
 

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