Development education and awareness-raising

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Lydie Polfer at the Fête de l’Europe on 9 May 2017

GENE round table, Nicosia

Development education and awareness-raising

In 2017, the Directorate co-financed 12 annual awareness-raising projects and 13 multi-annual development education framework agreements. The latter, which were concluded in 2015, ended on 31 December 2017. In total, 2 259 201 euros were disbursed on framework agreements and development awareness-raising and education projects in 2017. In the second half of the year, 10 annual projects for 2018 and 14 applications for framework agreements and one request for a mandate were submitted for the new 2018-2020 period.

Luxembourg’s development cooperation also continued its mandated financing of the Centre d’Informations Tiers Monde (CITIM), which stocks specialised documentation on the southern hemisphere, North-South relations and human development. Furthermore, in June 2017, the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs gave a mandate to Fairtrade Lëtzebuerg a.s.b.l. and the Fondation Caritas Luxembourg to run a joint campaign aimed at raising the general public’s awareness of clothing industry issues. The campaign, entitled “Rethink your clothes”, will be officially launched in the first quarter of 2018.

Over the course of 2017, the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and the Cercle de coopération of development NGOs reviewed some of the arrangements in the general conditions regarding development education and awareness-raising. Among the major changes are: the modification of the time limits for the tender of proposals for the annual awareness-raising projects, the payment of the Ministry’s annual subsidies in one single instalment and the reintroduction of the eligibility of field trips by NGO staff responsible for awareness-raising in the global South. These new arrangements are the fruit of close collaboration between the Ministry and the NGOs.

The Directorate also took part in the meeting of the European Commission’s development education and awareness-raising working group (DEAR task-team) and in the Global Education Network Europe’s (GENE) round table discussions.