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 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.

 

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