The European Multi-stakeholder group on Development Education (MSH) was founded in 2006, during the Helsinki Conference on Development Education and Awareness Raising.
The Multi-stakeholder group members are experts from national governments, European institutions, international organisations, academic research institutes and civil society.
During the Helsinki Conference (July 2006), which was organised by the Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU in cooperation with CONCORD and with the support of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Commission, the need for a specific long term European strategy framework and vision for development education, common at both national and EU levels were reaffirmed.
So was the principle that such a framework should only be developed though a multi-actor process to make best use of the shared expertise and experiences. In the Multi-stakeholder plenary meeting, it was agreed that a balanced steering Group across the stakeholders sectors would be formed to work more in-depth on this issue. Through 2007, the European Development Education Multi-stakeholder group, facilitated by DEEEP, worked to develop a strategic framework, and successfully unveiled it at the EU Development Days in Lisbon, on November 9, 2007.
Since then, the MSH group has met twice a year, supported by DEEEP, and formed a platform for the stakeholders to exchange information, develop common action and discuss DEAR policy initiatives.
After the end of DEEEP, the task of supporting the MSH group has been taken over by the European Commission. For more information, please email Jan Matyas at the European Commission.
The outcomes and events of the working group:
- The European Development Education Monitoring Report “DEAR watch“
- The European consensus on Development – Lisbon, Portugal November 9, 2007
The members are the following:
The Multi-stakeholder group members are experts from national governments, European institutions, international organisations, academic research institutes and civil society. The group is open to all stakeholders.
- Agence Française de Développement
- Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Cooperation
- Czech Development Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Development Education Research Centre, Institute of Education, University of London
- European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
- European Commission
- European Network of Political Foundations (ENOP)
- European Parliament
- European Platform of Local and Regional Authorities for Development (PLATFORMA)
- European University Association
- European Youth Forum
- Global Education Network Europe (GENE)
- Irish Aid
- InWent GmbH for Federal Ministry for Economic cooperation and Development (BMZ)- Germany
- International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
- Ministry of Education- Finland
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Direction de la Coopération au Développement- Luxembourg
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Latvia
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Czech Republic
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Spain
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Slovenia
- Ministry of Foreing Affairs- Poland
- North-South Centre of the Council of Europe
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre
- OECD Development Assistance Committee
- Portuguese Development Agency (IPAD)
- RORG Network- Norway
- Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation