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E-Circular 01-10-15

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 01 October 2015.

This week we have information about our upcoming trainings and webinars to support our members in their Irish Aid Annual Grant applications, as well as our new animation explaining Social and Solidarity Economy from our Challenging the Crisis team. We also have trainings, seminars, and events from the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), Gorta Self Help Africa and Concern Worldwide, The Wheel, Social Justice Ireland, Global Citizenship School, and the Development Studies Association Ireland. We also have funding opportunities from the National Youth Council of Ireland and the National Youth Health Programme along with the latest news from Europe and our top reads and resources for this week.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Support for IDEA members around the Annual Grants Round
With the Irish Aid Annual Grants call opening in early October, IDEA is running a number of workshops and webinars to provide support for members. A workshop on Strengthening the ‘Results’ element in Development Education project planning and bid-writing will be held on Tuesday 13 October, 10:00 – 1:00 at the IDEA office. This workshop will be facilitated by Niamh O’Grady, who has much experience with results-based management. On Tuesday 20 October, 11:30 – 12:30 we will hold a webinar in which IDEA staff will go over the Annual Grants application form, section by section. On Tuesday 27 October, 3:00 – 4:00 pm we will hold a webinar concentrating specifically on governance issues within the application form. And finally on Tuesday 3 November, 1:30 – 4:30 pm at the IDEA office, we will hold a clinic in which applicants can get together with IDEA staff to discuss specific questions arising from the application form.

The Results Workshop costs €25 for members and €50 for non-members. Concessions are available for members.  The webinar and application clinic are free but are open to IDEA members only.  For more information and to register, please contact Susan@ideaonline.ie.  

Monitoring Workshops
As part of our work on measuring the impact of Development Education, IDEA is working with Comhlámh and Dóchas to host a set of two participatory workshops on Monitoring in Development and in Development Education on Tuesday 6 October and Thursday 8 October.Find out more... 

Light the way - Action2015
Over 150 people gathered on the Millennium Bridge, on 24 September, to represent Ireland as part of action/2015's global #LightTheWay event ahead of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by World leaders in New York last weekend. A big thank you to everyone who supported it either by sharing the event or by joining us on the bridge. Find out more and read the message of support from the President Michael D. Higgins.

Challenging the Crisis News!
As part of their work with action/2015, the Challenging the Crisis team have just launched their animation outlining what Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) is and how it supports the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. It’s a really engaging resource for introducing people to both topics. Watch it here.
The ‘Challenging the Crisis’ website was also launched over the Summer and is now available in all 6 Project languages. Check out the website here. We would also urge you to sign our online petition to get SSE on the political and economic agenda of national and European policy-makers by asking for a ‘European Year for Social and Solidarity Economy’ in 2018 here. SSE is the campaign topic chosen by the YGAs as part of the Challenging the Crisis Development Education Project. Please share it with your contacts via social media and on your website!
In other news, Young Global Advocates (YGAs) representing each of the project’s 6 partner countries travelled to Berlin in September to attend the Solikon and RIPESS Conference on Social and Solidarity Economy. The YGAs presented the campaign for a European Year for SSE and met with the Chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Social Economy, Sven Giegold MEP. Find out more...

Member & Partner News

One World Week
One World Week takes place 14– 22 November and the focus this year is on the new Sustainable Development Goals and Youth. You can get involved via the Youth Summit on 19 November or free training on the new Global Goals. Find out more...

World Food Day Conference
Gorta Self Help Africa and Concern Worldwide are pleased to announce this year`s Annual World Food Day Conference on 16 October, 9am-1.30pm in the Supper Room,
 Mansion House, Dublin 2. Find out more...

The 2015 Better Together Video Competition 
The Better Together video competition is a platform for Irish charities, community groups, clubs and associations to showcase the work that they do. You have until 6 November to submit your video. Find out more...

Demystifying EU Funding
The Wheel, in collaboration with EU funding experts Access Europe, will be running a series of short and useful information sessions around the country in October and November on how to fill out EU application forms. Find out more...

Media Competition: European Year for Development 2015
Create a short blog post or article before 22 October and be in with the chance to win €500, report from One World Week 2015 AND...see your piece published by the Irish TimesFind out more...

The Wheel's Autumn Training Schedule
Check out The Wheel's Training Calendar for this Autumn with workshops on a wide range of issues. Find out more...

Web Safety in Youth Work
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is running a training on web safety in youth work on Monday, 12 Oct., 10-2pm. Find out more... 

Other News 

Social Policy Conference 2015
Social Justice Ireland’s annual Social Policy Conference will take place on 24 November, in Croke Park. The conference will provide a progress index for Ireland covering the past two decades. Find out more...

Global Citizenship School Launch
Join Global Citizenship School for their national launch on Saturday 10 October, 10:30am - 1.00pm in The Croke Park Hotel, Dublin 1. Find out more...

Seminar on Education and Violent Conflict
The Development Studies Association Ireland's Education Study Group is holding its autumn seminar on 'Education and Violent Conflict - Lessons Learnt from Ireland and Africa' this Thursday, 2 October from 9.30am - 2pm. Find out more...

The Latest Global AgeWatch Index
HelpAge has launched its latest Global AgeWatch Index, which highlights the social and economic wellbeing of older men and women across the world. Find out more...

EU and International News 

Webinar: 'Transformative communication for development sector'
Check out the recording of DEEEP's Webinar on Transformative Communication for the development sector. View the video...

DEEEP Grand Final Event: 'The Best of Global Learning'
The DEEEP Project will come to an end by December 2015. In order to harvest good practices and celebrate the real work of development education and awareness raising, they are organising a last major conference for the 28 & 29 October. Find out more... 

Funding Opportunities 

NYCI: Mini Grants to engage young people on the SDGs
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) are offering mini grants to a number of groups/organisations around Ireland to engage young people on the new Sustainable Development Goals. Apply before the 9 October. Find out more...   

NYHP: Connected Communities Project
The National Youth Health Programme (NYHP) is launching Phase 2 of their Connected Communities Project, funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention and is offering 4 grants of €8000 to be run out over 2015-2016. Apply by 14 October. Find out more...

Top Reads & Resources

Concerted effort needed on UN development goals, says Higgins
President hails promise to tackle inequality but says ‘paradigm change’ needed to fulfil it
Irish Times, 26 September

Action on ending poverty and hunger at core of Enda Kenny’s UN address
Oxfam Ireland calls on Government to work towards goals with measures in budget
Irish Times, 25 September

World leaders agree new plan of action for the world
Dóchas members are calling for a debate in the Oireachtas to agree a new national plan of action to implement the global agreement in Ireland.
Dóchas, 26 September

Light the Way rallies
As anti-poverty campaigners gathered in more than 100 countries on Thursday to shine a light on the sustainable development goals, we asked them to share their photos. 
The Guardian, 24 September

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has a great video on Global Youth and a great video on the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

Educational video by the UN Refugee Agency explaining issues relating to the European Refugee Crisis and Syria. 


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.