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Creating a global society committed to development

Asian children smiling and holding yellow flags

 

A robust and relevant cooperation system does not just depend on the organisations that are directly involved in its design, management and analysis, but also on strong and unified support from civil citizens. As such, one of the key targets of Spanish Cooperation is to encourage Spanish citizens to support and commit themselves to  the development goals that it seeks to achieve.

An informed and responsible citizenry that is dedicated to the eradication of poverty, sustainable human development and full access to rights is vital in order to achieve solid development results.

Development education is a key process for Spanish Cooperation that aims to encourage citizens to support and play an active role in effective and high-quality development policies through providing the relevant knowledge and developing the skills, values and attitudes related to solidarity, social justice and human rights.

Spanish cooperation is calling for a reinforced drive to "rebuild society", so that the real importance of cooperating in development processes is understood by all members of society. This is a job for everyone that requires greater team work guided by the Administrations for better communication of the work that is carried out and, above all, why it is so important. To achieve this goal, we operate along the following lines:

1. Reinforcing development education processes

2. Strengthening networking, coordination and complementarity among participants

3. Fostering an evaluative culture in development education

  • One of the main goals of the Cooperation Council Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation is to promote an evaluative culture and the Cooperation Council Working Group on Development Education.
  • In 2014, a debate process on Development Education will be launched, coordinated by Spanish Cooperation and involving a large number of experts in this field. The aim is this process will be to evaluate the quality of development education in recent years, identify areas for improvement and to organise a review of the Development Education Strategy.
  • Within the framework of the Teachers for Development Programme, an increase in the network of winning centres at the 6th “Vicente Ferrer” Awards is expected, in addition to the 4th national meeting of teachers and the consolidation of DE teacher training.
  • Launch of the first workshops for people who are responsible for Development Education and Autonomous Community and local entity technicians.
  • Drafting and approval of the AECID Development Education Action Plan.

Graph showing the orientation targets