Sustainable Development Goals #People

British Council

The European Development Days are Europe's leading forum on development and international cooperation. Organised by the European Commission, the forum 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.

For its tenth anniversary, EDD 2016 will focus on the '2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', making it one of the very first major conferences dedicated to the issue.

In the context of EDD, the British Council will host the following sessions

European Development Days 2016


Hip Hop Shakespeare in the Horn of Africa


Wednesday 15 June 2016: 11:15 - 11:25 and 13:45 - 14:00 (Outdoor scene)

Thursday 16 June 2016: 10:50 - 11:00 and 14:35 - 14:45 (Indoor scene)

The power of culture in achieving our development goals

Six young people from the Horn of Africa - beneficiaries of the EU funded project HOLLA (Horn of Africa Leadership and Learning for Action) - address socioeconomic issues and youth related concerns through dance, poetry, music and hip hop inspired by Shakespeare.

HOLLA (Horn of Africa Leadership and Learning for Action) is a project funded by EU and implemented by British Council which contributes to the promotion of peace and development in the Horn of Africa (HoA). Specifically it aims to enhance resilience to conflict in Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia through the capacity building of civil society organisations and the promotion of a Youth Coalition supporting young people and communities.

This performance results from capacity-building workshops with young people in the Horn of Africa. The first series was led by Akala and The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company using dance and hip hop, and the second was led by UK performance poet Deanna Rodger, Dan Boyden (The Change Collective) and Dan Tsu (Lyrix Organix) on the musicality and lyricism of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Through an exploration of Shakespeare’s plays, characters and themes, modern day concerns such as poverty, gender discrimination and democracy are discussed amongst marginalised youth. These youth are then taught to express these concerns using dance, hip hop (music) and the words of Shakespeare (poetry). 

2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Through these workshops, Shakespeare has been used as a platform to address socioeconomic and youth related concerns, as well as a way of enabling the participants to explore their own creative potential and develop new artistic skills.

Find out more about Hip Hop Shakespeare in the Horn of Africa

Aiming to achieve the SDGs: how can we make business more social?

Debate D2 Thursday June 16, 2016 - 13:00 to 14:15

Join entrepreneurs, policymakers and multilateral actors in a debate about accelerating and scaling social enterprise solutions

There is mounting consensus that implementing the Sustainable Development Goals will require a fundamentally better and more sustainable global economy, where financially sustainable and inclusive solutions are scaled and social businesses flourish. We need an economy where global finance follows impact and profits are distributed differently to fight inequality.

Since EDD2015, actors have been galvanising from across social enterprises, the social and solidarity economy, the inclusive or better business agenda, social entrepreneurship, social and impact investment, and impact measurement. At this session we will report and debate the latest thinking from different perspectives – the social entrepreneur, the policymaker and the multilateral actor.

The debate will include speakers from the British Council (Paula Woodman - Social Enterprise), the World Bank (Natalia Agapitova - Social Enterprise), the European Commission (Roberto Ridolfi - Director for Sustainable Growth and Development) and a Social Entrepreneur from Ethiopia (Kibret Abebe Tuffa).

Find out more about this Debate Lab 

The SDGs: Facing up to the big global challenges

Stand 19 Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June 2016

EDD Global Village Map 

Follow our sustainable development journey, from engaging with people, to strengthening resilience to building social cohesion

Through this project, the British Council seeks to explore the relevance and importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the world and audience of today. A visually engaging timeline maps global events to international development responses, from 1934 (British Council’s creation) to 2016 (SDGs adoption). 

The stand centres around the main themes of EDD2016, in particular People, Prosperity and Peace. Our stand links concrete project examples across the globe to the SDGs, demonstrating the positive impact, reach and relevance of British Council projects to international development and providing a platform to share best practice with key EU development policy makers and practitioners.

Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals

The British Council will also be involved in the following sessions

Working together in fragile states for better effectiveness

High Level Panel  Wednesday 15 June 2016 - 18:00 to 19:30

The panel is organised by the Practitioners Network of which British Council is a member.

Bringing together multilateral organisations, member states agencies and civil society organisations, the panelists will exchange views on the needs encountered in a context of fragility and draw recommendations for better effectiveness.

Find out more about this High Panel

Innovative partnerships for culture and sustainable development

Stand Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June 2016

 Organised by a consortium of different culture and development actors (including British Council), the stand will show the role of culture in development.

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