The applications for the EDD15 Future Leaders Programme are now closed. We have received a...
The applications for the EDD15 Future Leaders Programme are now closed. We have received a total of 172 inspiring applications from all around the world and are looking forward to reviewing them in the next weeks.
The candidates are from every corner of the world. The highest number of applications was received from Africa with 43, followed by Asia, European Union and Middle East with respectively 39, 34 and 18. Latin America is following closely with 17 applications. Wider Europe, the Pacific and North America were represented with 8, 7 and 5 applications respectively.
Future Leaders applicants chose one of the 12 EDD15 topics to be covered this year. The topic ‘Gender Equality’ was most popular, with 35 applications, closely followed by ‘Inclusion and Inequality’ with 32 applications and ‘Global Citizenship’ with 22 applications. ‘An Urban World’ and ‘Right to Health’ have received 15 applications each and ‘Halting Climate Change’ and ‘Trade and Financing’ follow close behind with 11 and 10 applications respectively. ‘Feeding the Planet Together’ received 8 applications, ‘Decent Jobs’ and ‘Sustainable Energy’ received 7 applications each, ‘Growth and Poverty Eradication’ 6 and, finally, ‘Migration’ received 4 applications.
In the following weeks a jury will review the applications. The three best ones for each of the 12 topics will be pre-selected at the beginning of April. These three candidates will be contacted for potential interviews with the session organisers.
The final 12 selected Future Leaders will be announced on 20 April 2015.
EDD15 wishes the best of luck to all the Future Leaders applicants and looks forward to receiving the winners in Brussels!
Year after year, the interest of the international development community for European Development Days is growing. This year once more, committed practitioners, experts and advocates have proposed diverse activities and sessions to be included in the official programme. Following the submission of 181 proposals for 176 sessions and 56 stands, an exciting agenda is foreseen for EDD15.
In addition to a dozen special events and ceremonies, there will be 30 theme-specific sessions for each of the 4 themes of the forum:
1) Our world - Creating sustainable growth within the limits of our planet
2) Our dignity - Developming a shared vision of universal and fundamental rights
3) Our future - Each policy can make a difference
4) Our future - We are all actors in development
The programme will include 51 debate sessions, 47 practice-sharing sessions and 16 problem-solving sessions. There will thus be a fine balance between policy discussions and opportunities to share about innovative projects and research initiatives that are addressing development challenges. The Practice Village will feature more that 50 interactive stands, 8 exhibitions, 3 lounges and a dedicated interview corner lead by capacity 4 development.
Stay tuned for the first overview of the agenda to come out early next month.