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Good Practice

Code of Good Practice

As part of our work in strengthening good practice in Development Education, IDEA is leading the development of a Code of Good Practice in Development Education. This builds on the work already carried out by IDEA working groups and partners in the production of Good Practice Guidelines for key areas of DE activity - see below.  

Following on from a workshop with IDEA members in November 2016 about strengthening good practice in DE, IDEA convened a task group from the membership to draft a Code of Good Practice for Development Education in Ireland. This group developed Core Principles along with indicators and a list of potential evidence for the Code. We also explored possible implementation and support mechanisms for members who adopt it. The task group met 3 times in 2017, and consisted of 13 IDEA members plus IDEA staff.  The Code of Good Practice in Development Education was piloted in 2018. 

Good Practice Guidelines

IDEA aims to share good practice to enable all members to continuously improve their work. We work with our members to establish guidelines for good practice Development Education. We also disseminate Guidelines produced by other organisations. Recent Guidelines produced by IDEA Working Groups include Good Practice Guidelines for Schools and for Adult and Community Education. You can access the Guidelines in the list below. We hope you find them useful!

Good Practice Guidelines for Development Education
  1. Good Practice Guidelines for DE in Adult and Community Education by IDEA’s Community Sector Working Group

  2. Good Practice Guidelines for DE in Schools by IDEA’s Formal Education Working Group

  3. Good Practice Guidelines for DE in Volunteering by Comhlámh

  4. Good Practice Guidelines for DE in Youth Work by the National Youth Council of Ireland

  5. Guidelines for Producing DE Resources by www.developmenteducation.ie

  6. Good Practice Tips for Planning an Action Outcome in DE by the Centre for Global Education

DE in Action: A Hub for Good Practice Development Education

IDEA works on an ongoing basis with www.developmenteducation.ie to build a hub of Development Education case studies. The aim of the hub is to showcase the quality and diversity of Development Education activities all around Ireland. IDEA members are welcome to submit a project using the online form on the DE in Action hub anytime. View the current case studies!


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.