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IDEA Annual Conference 2016

IDEA Annual Conference 2016

Migrating Perspectives

10 June 2016, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

IDEA’s Annual Conference 2016, Migrating Perspectives, is focusing on the role for Development Education in supporting awareness, understanding and action around issues related to migration. 

The Panel

Moderator: Helena McNeill, Development Educator with Lourdes Youth and Community Services

Helena Mc Neill is a Development Educator with Lourdes Youth and Community Services, a Dublin Inner City Community Development Project, since 1998. She is Convener of the IDEA Community Sector Working Group. Helena facilitates adults in the local community to make the connections between their lived experience and wider global issues. She also works extensively with community educators, workers and activists, building their capacity to bring this global dimension to their work, and is the author of a handbook for facilitators called Connecting Communities: A Practical Guide to Using Development Education in Community Settings. 

Panellist: Prof. Eoin Devereux, Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick

Professor Eoin Devereux is Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick. He is also Adjunct Professor in Contemporary Culture at the University of Jyvasklya, Finland. Eoin has published extensively on the media's role in shaping public beliefs concerning migration. He is the co-editor (with Amanda Haynes, Martin J. Power, Aileen Dillane and James Carr) of the recently published Public and Political Discourses of Migration: International Perspectives (2016) published by Rowman and Littlefield International (2016). Watch his presentation here...

Panellist: Salome Mbugua, Vice-Chair European Network of Migrant Women, and Head of Mission at Wezesha

Native of Kenya, Salome Mbugua has lived in Ireland since 1994. She is the founder and former CEO of AkiDwA - The Migrant Women’s Network in Ireland, and she was appointed as honorary president of the organisation in 2014. She is the co-founder and head of Mission of Wezesha - an African Diaspora led development organisation in Ireland working with African women and children that are affected or are likely to be affected by violence, war, conflict and poverty. Salome is currently vice-chair of the European Network for Migrant Women. Watch her presentation here...

Panellist: Mbemba Jabbi, Founder and Managing Director of Jabbi Group Limited

Mbemba Jabbi is a founder and Managing Director of Jabbi Group Limited, a trade and consultancy company based in Ireland. He has been carrying out research on African Diaspora and their role in the development of Africa countries, evaluating programme activities of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and facilitating dialogue between the private sector and non-profit sector in Ireland on how they can work together in eradicating global poverty. Mbemba is the chairperson of Gambia Association Ireland and Link Africa 365 Limited, a trade and development company by African Diasporas in Ireland, which promotes trade and international development between Ireland and African countries. Mbemba was also a Director of the Africa Centre Ireland, an African led charity from 2012 to 2015. Watch his presentation here...

Panellist: Deo Ladislas Ndakengerwa, Human Rights and Anti-racism Activist

Deo Ladislas Ndakengerwa is a human rights and anti-racism activist who has been living in Ireland since 2000. He has served on the executive board for many migrant organisations including Integrating Ireland, Integrate Ireland Language Training, the African Refugee Network, Sligo Intercultural Forum (Founder) and RBcom. Deo was chairperson of the Irish Refugee Council and instrumental to its strategic reform in 2007. He has also worked as Policy and Campaigns Officer for the Irish Refugee Council, as Coordinator for European Peace Project, Co. Sligo, Cultural Mediator for Access Ireland, Research Assistant in the Social Center in UCD, and Health and Integration Officer at SPIRASI. Watch his presentation here...

The Conversation Café

We have four tables focused on exploring the issues relating to migration that have been discussed in the Panel Session in more depth. These will be hosted by experts in this area from across Irish civil society and co-facilitated by representatives from the Development Education community.

Participants are invited to start at one table for an in-depth 45minute conversation, and then visit another table for 10 minutes for a mini-conversation building on what was discussed before you joined.

The tables will focus on:

  • Development Education: Hosted by Mbemba Jabbi, Jabbi Group Limited, and Co-facilitated by Ellen Donnelly, Trócaire
  • Racism: Hosted by Garrett Mullen, Show Racism the Red Card, and Co-facilitated by Aoife Titley, Froebel, Department of Education, Maynooth University
  • Gender: Hosted by Salome Mbugua, Head of Mission at Wezesha, and Co-facilitated by Valerie Duffy, National Youth CounciI of Ireland (NYCI)
  • Media: Prof. Eoin Devereux, Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick and Co-facilitated by Nora Furlong, Young Social Innovators

The Plenary

This session is an opportunity to revisit key highlights of the day, reflect on what was discussed and determine the actions you want to take going forward.

It will be facilitated by Adrienne Boyle, Development Education Practitioner, and Olivia Lally, ActionAid.


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.