What are the EDD – European Development Days?

The European Development Days (EDD) are Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development.Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.


When will the EDD – European Development Days be?

The European Development Days usually take place in June every year and in 2019, the EDD 2019 will take place on 18-19 June 2019 at Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium.


What is the theme for the EDD – European Development Days 2019?

Under the main thread of ‘Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind ‘ the EDD 2019 agenda will be framed around three major themes: Why inequalities matter for sustainable development, Understanding the structural causes of inequalities and Working better together through more effective policies to address inequalities.


How many people attend the EDD – European Development Days?

Since its launch in 2016, each year, the forum attracts more than 8000 participants from over 140 countries, representing 1200 organisations from the development community.


As a Young Leader, when can I apply for a chance to attend the EDD – European Development Days?

Applications for EDD 2019 close on Sunday 24 March 2019 (1:00 PM CET). Application link –


What is the EDD – Young Leaders Programme?

The EDD – Young Leaders Programme gives a platform to 15 Young Leaders from around the world to represent other youths by speaking alongside global leaders on themed development topics.


Who can apply for the EDD Young Leaders Programme?

It is important that the Young Leaders invited to come and speak at EDD represent other youth, and don’t only speak in their name only. We are looking for candidates who have proven leadership in projects, organisations, initiatives and who are able to represent other youth at the forum.


What are the requirements to apply for the EDD Young Leaders Programme?

The European Commission is looking for 15 extraordinary young people aged 21-26 who can represent the powerful impact that youth are having in the development field.


As a Young Leader, what will my participation be at the EDD 2019?

The Young Leaders Programme will consist of a 10-day visit to Brussels, where Young Leaders will meet EU experts and stakeholders and play a leading role in the EDD Programme, which will include speaking in various session alongside global leaders. The 15 selected Young Leaders will have a place to speak at the highest-level debates at EDD 2019, alongside VIPs and key decision makers. EDD Young leaders are encouraged to participate in other sessions, including debate sessions or brainstormings, where they will be given more space to express their opinions and share their experiences.


Will the European Commission cover all expenses for the 15 selected EDD – Young Leaders?

Yes. All expenses will be covered by the European Commission.


Do I have to speak English?

Young Leaders are expected to have a minimum level of intermediate English (Level B2 in the “Common European Framework of References for Languages”). Young Leaders might be asked to prove their level of English in a Skype conversation with the EDD Youth Team.

Thank you and Good luck to you all young leaders! :-)


  1. Obambi adoua Vera josse

    En tant que jeune leaders c’est important de partager mon point de vue et mon expérience dans le cadre de débats de haut niveau aux côtés des leaders mondiaux et d’autres acteurs du changement dans le domaine du developpement et ça sera une plate-forme d’échange d’idées, de projets et d’initiative.

    1. Phonsina Archane (Editorial Board 2018)

      C’est génial. Nous avons hâte de recevoir votre candidature. S’il vous plait partagez l’appel à candidature avec vos amis.

  2. Dr. Rimy Dey

    I am a rural Doctor in India and work with NGOs in promotion of rural healthcare with special emphasis on reproductive, women and child health. Will I be eligible for the EDD young leaders programme?

    1. Phonsina Archane (Editorial Board 2018)

      HI. Yes … If you are between the ages of 21 to 26 and you have a good command of English and your work contributes to this year’s EDD2019 theme ‘Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind ‘ to read more about it please visit the EDD2019 official website.


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