ABOUT THIS SECTOR
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.
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.)
- teachers (all levels)
- decision makers (members of national parliaments and ministries, members of the European Parliament)
- 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.)
- 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.