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E-Circular 27-11-13

Dear Members,

A big thank you to the wonderful Siobhán Sleeman who communicated with you all over the last 9 months. It is wonderful to be back- and what an exciting time it is indeed! IDEA have a number of important events coming up in early December and we will also shortly announce offers to members to assist anyone applying for the 2014 Irish Aid DE grants round. As with the last grants round we plan to host at least one webinar and a peer support clinic- dates to be confirmed. Related to that- please find attached presentations from IDEA’s workshop on Results Based Frameworks on 4th November. We hope you find them useful!

Another important date for the diaries is the IDEA Members’ Christmas Party, on the afternoon of Thurs 19th of Dec when all members are invited to drop into the IDEA office for mulled wine and mince pies. This year will most likely be the last in Merrion Row, IDEA’s home since its inception 9 years ago. So please join us!


IDEA staff have been busy representing Irish development education at key international events.

Building a Global Citizens Movement in Johannesburg, hosted by DEEEP, the European development education initiative as part of Civil Society Week (Nov 13-15). This event brought together a unique gathering of civil society organizations and social movements and built a strong momentum for collaboration across these different movements. Frank represented IDEA at the DEEEP event, Civicus AGM, and the Global Perspectives meeting which gathered CEOs and senior management of International CSOs.
Global Justice through Global Citizenship in Brussels (20- 21 Nov) Susan Gallwey facilitated a workshop on “Measuring a change of heart with a ruler” at the DEEEP academic seminar. Susan, Frank and IDEA members attended the conference which focused on increased exchange between development education practitioners, organisations and academics.
Find out more about these events on the DEEEP website and in the forthcoming edition of INDEX!

IDEA is Seeking a Graphic Designer to develop the visual identity for our EC project “Challenging the Crisis”. The designers will be required to design logos and other promotional material for the project for print and online use.  Deadline for tender submissions 30th Nov. All info on our website. Enquiries to Eimear- Eimear@ideaonline.ie Please share!
Seminars with young people have been taking place as part of the build up of our new and exciting EU project, “Challenging The Crisis: Young People’s Voices for Change”. This will be a major advocacy project for development education in Ireland so please share the word about it and like our facebook page! (see Events below for next seminar details)

IDEA Events

3rd Dec: IDEA Webinar, Integrating global poverty and sustainability agendas - a justice perspective, presented by Cliona Sharkey, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Trócaire.  Tuesday 3 December 12 noon – 1 pm.   This is the final webinar in IDEA’s ‘Post-2015’ webinar series.  This webinar will look at some of the current discourse and proposals on tackling poverty and sustainability in the post-2015 process, and explore how a human rights approach could contribute to a more just and people centred agenda.  To participate, simply log on to the following link at 12 noon:
and enter the password ‘2015’ if requested.  For more information about the webinar, please contact susan@ideaonline.ie.

7th Dec: Challenging the Crisis: Young Voices for Change Giving young people the opportunity to discuss challenging global issues and find ways that young people can work together to overcome them. These seminars will introduce young adults to the “Challenging the Crisis” Project, relevant issues and ways they can get involved. Some reimbursement for travel costs for public transport for young people traveling to the seminar from neighbouring areas is available. Places available for final 2013 seminar on 7th December, Dublin in collaboration with EcoUnesco – register online at this link For more information email Elaine@ideaonline.ie. 

9th Dec: Making the Governance Code Deliver for your Development Education Organisation, presented by Deirdre Garvey of The Wheel.  Monday 9 December, 2:00 – 4:30 pm, Irish Aid Centre, O’Connell St, Dublin 1.  This workshop will show how the Governance Code for Community and Voluntary Organisations (www.governancecode.ie ) can help your organisation to increase transparency, appeal to funders, minimise risk and reduce inefficiencies. This workshop will be specifically tailored to meet the needs of Development Education Organisations.  Free to IDEA members. Please register before Thursday 5 December with susan@ideaonline.ie.  Non-members interested in attending should contact the IDEA office and may be offered places if available. 

Member’s News

27 November from 12:30 – 4 p.m. at the Carmelite Centre on Aungier Street in Dublin Children in Crossfire (CIC) and the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Northern Ireland (RNIB-NI) are hosting the Visually Impaired Volunteers in Development (VIVID) seminar. register for the event, please contact Caroline Murphy at caroline.murphy2@childrenincrossfire.org or  (+44) 2871269898.

Just Forests have announced that their Suckin’ Carbon Project has been endorsed by WeForest.Just Forests are now the official partner in Ireland. A formal launch is in the planning with Marie-Noelle Kaiser, CEO and  Bill Liao of WeForest and will take place in Dublin. The first Suckin’ Carbon customers Development Perspectives and  DOCHAS will have their trees planted by We Forest shortly and will feature at the official launch. For more see: http://www.justforests.org/plant-a-tree

Call for Contributors for Policy and Practice Issue 18 CGE is inviting contributions to Issue 18 of the journal, to be published in Spring 2014 on the theme ‘Development Education and Film’.  The aim of this issue is to debate an under-explored and yet important medium for teaching and learning about global issues.  For full details on article types requested visit this link. Articles should be submitted by Friday, 20 December 2013.  

ASTI would like to announce the Re-constituting meeting of the Irish Coalition for the Global Campaign for Education on Friday, 29th at 3.30pm in ASTI Head Office. Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all - 2013/4 Education for All Global Monitoring Report  provides a good overview of the Education for All goals. To attend contact Ms Eileen O’Rourke at Eileen@asti.ie or 01 -6040170. www.campaignforeducation.org

Other Training/ Events:

2nd Dec, Dublin: Smashing Times Artists for Civic Action Advocacy Initiative at Smock Alley Theatre- an afternoon of discussion, presentations and a theatre workshop demonstration exploring how theatre can play a role in engaging with the world we live in. More: http://www.smashingtimes.ie/smashing-times-artists-for-civic-action-advocacy-initiative-at-smock-alley-theatre/
11th Dec, 6pm, Dublin: What has Kenya gained in the last 50 years since Independence and what does she hope to gain? Skype lecture by Professor Ali Mazrui and Dr. Ramzi Badran of the Institute of Global Studies, Binghamton University, New York, USA, register by 9th Dec with  habib@dmrc.ie Dublin Multi Cultural Resource Centre
13th Dec, 5:30pm, Dublin: Book launch of ‘Building a Better International NGO: Greater than the Sum of the Parts?’ by James Crowley and Morgana Ryan. Followed by Dochas Christmas Drinks. Register with anna@dochas.ie


The Irish Aid Development Education 2014 Annual Grant call is now open. Information on the Development Education Grant Call is available on the Irish Aid website at http://www.dci.gov.ie/what-we-do/who-we-work-with/civil-society/development-education-funding/ . An information event was held in the Irish Aid Volunteering Centre on Monday 18th November at 2pm. Please find attached the presentation used on the day.
The European Commission has published the Call for Proposals for Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development: Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union. All information here. Info Seminar by the EC on the 2nd of December.

To Inspire You Today!

“We let people who have changed our lives walked around without them knowing it” One to show your workshop participants: Everyday Leadership, a talk by Drew Dudley on TEDx.
What in the World? is a back with a six part documentary which aims to raise greater public awareness on a range of global development and human rights issues. Thurs 11:05pm RTE1 http://www.rte.ie/tv/whatintheworld/

Finally, to make you smile:

The Late Late Toy Show… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8wC-WxC31s&feature=youtu.be


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.