Region Picardie is involved since 1995 in significant decentralized cooperation programs with African local authorities (in Benin, Niger and Madagascar). Unfortunately, the regional international policy is not always understood and supported in a territory deeply impacted by the economic crisis. That is why, the Regional Council decided in 2012 to lead a DEAR project and to submit it to the European Union. Its goals :
- To improve local DEAR actors’ capacities and networking,
- To benefit more experienced DEAR European actors’ skills
- To improve local citizens understanding of global issues, especially among youngsters.