Awareness-raising and development education
They also aim to ensure that from an early age members of the public acquires the knowledge and skills needed to understand and engage in critical thinking about the causes and consequences of poverty, and take an active role in the development of fairer and more inclusive societies.
Projects and programmes are guided by the expertise of NGOs, acquired through experience in the field, as well as by Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, to account for the complexity of the challenges of our society in its social, ecological and economic dimensions. These include inequalities, human rights, gender equality, food sovereignty, the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, climate change, production chains, etc.
National NGOs therefore play an essential role in the implementation of awareness-raising and development education activities in Luxembourg. In 2021, for example, Luxembourg Development Cooperation co-financed 12 annual projects and 13 three-year framework agreements with a total budget of EUR 2 207 335.14.
In order to promote citizen involvement, Luxembourg Development Cooperation also promotes joint initiatives and campaigns between NGOs on specific development themes as well as on sustainable development in general. Within this framework, the MFA allocated an amount of EUR 724 449.85 (100% co-financing rate) to two implementing mandates in the field of awareness-raising and development education: the Third World Information Centre (CITIM) and the “Rethink your clothes” campaign.
The MFA has continued to provide financing under CITIM’s mandate to ASTM, which has since 1982 been providing specialised documentation and education on the countries of the South, North-South relations and human development. This documentation is made available to the general public in the form of a library. Since 1 January 2015, the ministry has provided 100% of the funding for CITIM. In addition, since 2020 the NGOs Fairtrade Lëtzebuerg and Fondation Caritas Luxembourg have had a mandate to implement the second phase of the Rethink your clothes campaign, which aims to raise public awareness of social and ecological challenges in the textile industry.
In the area of national awareness-raising and development education policies, the MFA has maintained its representation on the Interministerial Committee on Education in Sustainable Development (CIEDD) with a view to defining guidelines for integrating education about sustainable development into all levels of Luxembourg’s education system. The CIEDD seeks to coordinate these efforts with key institutional stakeholders and civil society actors. In this context, the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs was also represented at the events of the Global Education Network Europe (GENE), with a view to improved mutual learning and networking of the actors involved in development education across Europe and in Luxembourg.