2015 and development: where are we now and how do we talk about this?

15 June 2015

The European Union has declared 2015 the European Year for Development, with the aim of increasing public understanding of development cooperation and engagement with the issues. In the UK, Bond is coordinating activities across the country, working with member organisations and drawing on our network in all its diversity.

On Tuesday 16 June, we're inviting professionals from across the development sector to come and learn more about the European Year for Development in the UK and European development cooperation more broadly, as well as to help us reflect on one of the central themes - how to communicate development in new and better ways. The "breakfast briefing" event is taking place from 8.3011.30am at Europe House, London. 

We're pleased to welcome Linda McAvan MEP to share her thoughts on the future priorities for development cooperation, via a Q&A session with Eliza Anyangwe, editor of the post-2015 hub on the Guardian's Global Development Professionals Network. This will be followed by a panel discussion with four expert speakers reflecting on "how we get better at communicating development".

Questions for discussion include:

  • How important is it that we have broad and diverse public support for development?
  • What are the most successful ways of engaging the public on complex development issues?
  • How do we reconcile the short-term wins that come with emotional campaigning on development with the longer term negative trends that this can generate?
  • How do we ensure that the public messaging we generate around development is representative of opinions on development from the global South?

If you're unable to attend, follow @bondngo or the hashtag #EYD2015 for live tweeting throughout the event, starting at 9.15am. 

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