What We Do

DE Funding

Funding for Development Education in Ireland comes from a variety of sources. Irish Aid’s Civil Society and Development Education unit is the largest funder of Development Education in the country. Payments totalling €2,863,000 were approved for 33 partners working in Development Education in 2017.

Funding is also accessed through larger international NGOs and the European Commission.

Trócaire supports Development Education, campaigning and advocacy throughout Ireland through its Mobilising for Justice Grants Scheme. Concern Worldwide has a Development Education Grants Scheme that is open to applicants by invitation only, and also has a small ‘stimulus’ fund for once-off or new initiatives. 

Through its DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) funding programme the European Commission provides support to Development Education programmes that involve activity in multiple EU member states. Several Irish organisations have participated in DEAR funded programmes that create additional opportunities for the Irish Development Education sector to engage with partners across Europe.

Small grants for schools and NGOs are also available through the World Wise Global Schools programme. Many Development Education activities are also integrated into the everyday practice of teachers/ educators and are funded, indirectly, by the educational institutions in which the teachers/educators work.


We organise training, seminars & meetings to build capacity in the following areas:


IDEA works to connect its membership and also to connect Development Education to wider audiences.