European Development Days
Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring 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.
The SWITCH-Asia Network Facility will be present at EDD in an exclusive booth promoting the new SWITCH products platform.
The booth shared with SWITCHMed and SWITCH Africa will be showcasing SWITCH products from diverse developing countries that have been developed in the frame of EU SWITCH projects supporting products and services from Asian, African and MENA region Micro-, Small and Medium sized enterprises (MSMEs).
Projects will present products and services with increased sustainability, on which the artisans' and their families' livelihood rests, ranging from handcrafted textiles and rattan furniture of outstanding design to delicious food products. To increase interactivity with the visitors, artisans will provide a live demonstration of the traditional crafting of selected products and answer questions on the sustainability of production. An interactive global e-map of relevant initiatives will also be made available.
Gathering 6000 people, the EDD engenders a considerable ecological footprint. This year, once again, the EDD will largely compensate this through the financing of specific projects, which will amount to a contribution in the reduction of emissions of around 7000 metric tons. This will be achieved through each session and stand organiser contributing to one project amongst four selected ones.