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E-Circular 02-07-15

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 02 July 2015. This week our Challenging the Crisis team is looking forward to International Day of Co-operatives. We have the latest from the Centre for Global Education and the #RecommittoAid campaign. We also have news of Dóchas' briefing on the Financing for Development Conference, your last chance to join Claiming our Future's Summer Activist Camp, a climate change photo stunt on Sandymount strand and the latest research on how Irish people are accessing news. We also have a tender opportunity from Changes Makers for their Global Development Course, while €5 million has been made available for disadvantaged groups and local communities from the Dormant Accounts Fund via Pobal. Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Our E-Circular will now be circulated every second Thursday. If you have any news that you'd like included please send it to eimear@ideaonline.ie. Challenging the Crisis Our Challenging the Crisis Campaign is focusing on highlighting Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) which puts people first. One type of organisation that adopts this approach is co-operatives. Saturday 04 July is 2015 International Day of Co-operatives and the theme this year is Equality. Find out more about what's going to be happening, how co-operatives work and how they help combat inequality here.  

Member & Partner News

The latest from the Centre for Global Education

The CGE recently published its Annual Report covering all of its core activities over the past year including the new Global Learning Programme for schools; new publications on global education; the tenth anniversary of its journal Policy and Practice; and education projects in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. Find out more... 

It has also completed an external evaluation of Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, carried out by Dr Seán Byers of Queen’s University Belfast. Find out more...

And, it will be holding a workshop in Dublin on 23 September - 'Are we changing the World? Development Education, Activism and Social Change' - exploring how we can more successfully encompass action outcomes into our work More details to follow soon.

Support the #RecommittoAid campaign

Ireland’s ODA in 2015 set to fall below 0.4% of GNI, and development NGOs are calling for a plan to be put in place to make serious progress towards the 0.7% target for Overseas Development Aid (ODA). Act Now 2015 and others are calling for your support to encourage Government Ministers to take action. Watch the latest #RecommittoAid video from Trócaire here and check out p13 of the latest Budget Choices 2016 document from Social Justice Ireland which outlines how we can reach our ODA target of 0.7% of GNP by 2020'.

Dóchas briefing on Addis Ababa 3rd Financing for Development Conference

Dóchas is holding a briefing for its member organisations on 03 July, 8.30am – 9.30am to outline why they are attending this important summit, and what is on the agenda. RSVP: anna@dochas.ie 

EU & International News

New Resource On Active Citizenship from Comhlámh and European Partners The publication ‘From Volunteers to Active Citizens’ shares best practice of development education in volunteering, by outlining a common curriculum for engaging returned volunteers in ongoing action for global justice. Find out more... 

Communication seminar for the development sector

As part of the DEEEP project, CONCORD is hosting a seminar in Brussels on 13 & 14 October on transformative communication for the development sector, looking at how we think about and how we do communication. Apply by 21 July. Find out more... 

DEEEP Grand Finale Event

Ahead of the end of the DEEEP project in December there will be an event in Brussels on 28 & 29 October to show the strengths of the sector, learn from each other how to further transform our work, and celebrate that so many people across the world are taking a stand and working with others to learn how to bring about Global Justice. More information to follow.

Other News

Summer Camp on Making the Resistance really Irresistible

There are still day places left for Claiming our Future's Summer Activist Camp taking place this Friday and Saturday, 03 & 04 July in County Wicklow. Find out more...

Research shows significant change in how Irish people are accessing news

One of the new findings by the Reuters Digital News Report 2015 (Ireland) commissioned by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) is that smartphones are the defining device when it comes to accessing digital news in Ireland. Find out more...

Climate Change: let's get our Heads out of the Sand

On 04 July, Stop Climate Chaos is hosting a mass photo stunt on Sandymount Strand to call on leaders and fellow citizens to start tackling climate change now. Find out more.. 

Funding &Tender Opportunities

Tender opportunity to deliver QQI level 6 module in global development

Change Makers are looking for individuals/organisations to submit proposals to deliver their QQI Level 6 Module in Global Development course later this year. Apply by 15 July, 12.00pm. Find out more...

€5 Million Dormant Accounts Fund Announced

Five million euro from the Dormant Accounts Fund is being made available, via Pobal, to provide a range of supports for disadvantaged groups and local communities. Apply by 22 July, 12:00 pm. Find out more... 

Top Reads & Resources

Fintan O’Toole: Us and them – the two faces of migration

'Migration is the world’s way of reminding the West that it cannot distance itself from the human catastrophes it has unleashed’

Irish Times, 27 June

New U.N. goals lack focus, global health experts warn

Experts say the new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the U.N. is expected to adopt in September lack the clarity and focus brought by the MDGs.

Reuters, 24 June

Gender equality is a founding value of the EU, so why the lack of progress?

A report on Europe’s gender equality reveals negligible progress since 2005, with men still grossly over-represented in political and economic decision-making.

By Joanna Maycock, recently keynote speaker at the IDEA Annual Conference

The Guardian, 27 June

All 17 Sustainable Development Goals in just THREE minutes! Great new video from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) explaining the ‪SDGs‬ and why we need to work together to make them happen.


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