European Year for Development 2015

No one can do everything. But everyone can do something.

Highlights from the European Year for Development in Ireland: 

The European Year for Development 2015 was quite a year, as people in Ireland and around the world celebrated the fact that one person can make a difference, and through working together we can end poverty and tackle climate change. So much happened in Ireland for the European Year for Development with over 56 events taking place around the country, attended by over 55,000 people. Hundreds of thousands more people engaged through radio and television interviews, newspaper articles and online. Through social media #EYD2015 a national conversation is taking place on global issues. The Irish Times Special Supplement on Development was also a key highlight of EYD. 

The European Year for Development 2015 may be over, but this is just the beginning as the world begins to implement the Sustainable Development Goals this year, a pathway to eradicating poverty by the year 2030. So, keep the momentum up and join a growing movement of people who want to make a difference. We are delighted that you are here to find out more. Welcome!

So what can you do to change the world?

1.   Find out about The Global Goals

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On 25th September the UN adopted a plan to end extreme poverty and tackle climate chaos by the year 2030. That's 15 years and an incredible task. But together, we can be the generation to make this happen. This plan is called the global goals and Ireland has played a key role in negitiations leading up to it  Does one particular Goal appeal to you? Check out these Irish organisations who are working to make these goals a reality to find out how you can get involved.  

2. Following the ongoing refugee crisis and want to help? Visit to find out how you can best help those in need. 

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3. Call on the government to keep its promise on overseas aid

0.7% - It's not just a number - it's trained doctors and teachers all over the world.

Did you know that the Irish government has yet to fulfill its promise to provide 0.7% of its GNI in overseas aid. Read more about it here. Use your democratic vote to put pressure on government to say, I care about keeping this promise or talk to your local TD or join thousands of other people who care with the Act Now on 2015 campaign. YOU have the POWER. 

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4. Keep up to date with global issues

Follow Dóchas, the Irish Association for Non-Governmental Development Organisations on Twitter or Facebook and be part of the conversation. You can also follow the European Year for Development Ireland on Facebook or on Twitter and visit  our calendar of events, to find out what is happening around the country that you could join in.

You won’t be doing it alone.  You can check out what's happening at a European level with this interactive website full of stories and interesting facts about the world and you can also have a look at the prorgrammes the Irish government is involved in.  

5. Get informed and inspired! Check out The World's Best News for inspiring stories of change from around the world, where people and organisations are helping to make a difference to the lives of others. Spread the news - please share The World’s Best News stories with your friends and family on FacebookInstagram and Tumblr. 

World's Best News Launch Barnardos Square with Dochas Members & Lord Mayor of Dublin


The key question is:   it's our world, our dignity, our future. What will you do to change the world?

Find out More: European Year for Development - What's it all about?

For a full list of events that took place as part of The European Year for Development 2015 in Ireland see:

Useful links and resources 

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