What We Do

E-Circular 05-03-14

Dear Members,

This week we received the disappointing news that the Government has abandoned its commitment, made in 2000 to donate 0.7% of Ireland’s income to Overseas Development Assistance by 2015. The target has twice been pushed back already. Development Education  supports the public to engage critically with Ireland’s Aid Policy. We are asking the Government to come back to the public with a renewed timeline for reaching the target. Please join us- see the press release attached and read below.

A quick reminder- membership renewals are overdue. If you haven’t yet renewed please do so today! Renewal forms attached.


Together We Stand; Together We Learn. “Governments across the world are in the midst of deciding global ambitions and goals for development and sustainability for the next 15 years.” Read Our First “Director’s letter” and learn about the latest developments from the EU and International scene, a report from Istanbul plus exciting developments with the Irish Community and Voluntary sector. Read more…
IDEA responded with a statement to the Government’s admission last Sunday that it is abandoning its Aid promises. Please read and share this statement with your networks and encourage people to request that the Minister articulate a clear NEW timeline for achieving the 0.7% target. Read more…

There has been a great response to the Challenging the Crisis call to become a “Young Global Advocate”. The call closed on Feb 14th and interviews are currently taking place. The young people will work together with young people from other Challenging the Crisis partner countries to create an EU-wide public awareness campaign. You’ll get to meet them soon!
What Do Young People Feel About The World? Challenging the Crisis has issued this public opinion survey to asses young people’s opinions about local and global social justice issues. We need as many people (aged 18- 30) to respond to this survey. Please help us to share it before the deadline of March 12th! Survey link here.

IDEA Events

Tuesday 1 April, 12 noon – 1 pm. IDEA and NYCI are delighted to present a webinar, Creatively Engaging Young People with Social Justice Issues: Perspectives from Zambia’s Barefeet Theatre Company.  Barefeet staff will share a case study example, followed by a Q & A session with webinar participants.  To learn more about Barefeet, check out this great feature story by CNN: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2013/03/29/inside-africa-zambia-trailblazers-c.cnn?iref=allsearch
This webinar is a great opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, Development Education practice in the Global South.  There is no fee for the webinar but you must register in advance with Susan. 

Members News

New CGE Blog: “Death by Remote Control: The Deadly Use of Drones” The latest blog from the Centre for Global Education is on the widening use of drones as attack aircraft in the global South and their impact around the world.  It is available here.
The Hero’s Journey is an intense Personal Development training course designed and facilitated by Carmine Rodi Falanga. The training course has been organised by Development Perspectives to cater for the professional development of Global Justice practitioners. More: www.developmentperspectives.ie
Development Education and Social Media Workshop Report, from 12th Feb 2014. The workshop aimed to strengthen the confidence and skills base of development educators in using social networking platforms as part of their work. Organisers, Centre for Global Education, are kindly sharing the report, complete with presentations, to support the learning of DE practitioners everywhere. Access it here.
To address their objective to monitor the effectiveness of Development Education delivered in ITE, two teachers educators at University of Limerick have designed a psychometric tool. They now require teachers experienced in the delivery Development Education and development educators to complete our online version of the survey. Help them out! Take the survey. More: Joanne.OFlaherty@ul.ie

Learning Opportunities

How Can Technology Accelerate Citizen Engagement? Maximizing the Impact of Mapping and Crowdsourcing. The World Bank's Open Development Technology Alliance. Thursday, March 6, 2014  •  9:30am–11:00am EST This event will be live streamed at http://streaming2.worldbank.org:8080/vvflash/extlive2
What are the steps you need to take for your question or issue to be put to members of the Oireachtas, Oireachtas Committees or Ministers? Carmichael Centre is delighted to host a seminar on March 20, 2-4pm, delivered by Damien English TD, Jerry Buttimer TD and Seamus Mulconry, Philanthropy Ireland. More: http://bit.ly/1dL0Rga
Finding a Common Cause- residential training on Values and Frames for social change leaders in the UK. More here.
15th May: The Wheel National Conference for the Irish Community and Voluntary Sector. Focusing on Trust, Regulation and Funding. More here.
31st March, online. Human Centred Design for Social Innovation. FREE 7-week course. Innovative topic and innovative course delivery method! Developed by IDEO.org and Acumen. Read more…


Call for conference presentations: Local Resistance, Global Crisis: developing communities of solidarity and Left Politics for the 21st Century, organized by the Development Studies Association of Ireland. Friday June 13th and Saturday 14th 2014, Renehan Hall, South Campus, National University of Maynooth. More: rory.hearne@nuim.ie www.dsaireland.org
An NGO Study Group has been established within DSA Ireland to bring together both NGO and academic interests to address some of the critical challenges facing NGOs as they move towards the next development paradigm, beyond the Millennium Development Goals. This group will explore the intersections of research, policy and practice and will look at how this these produce evidence of real change in the most vulnerable communities around the world. More: contact Dawn Quinn, DSA Ireland Coordinator at info@dsaireland.org

For Your Reading List

Book: Development Education in Policy and Practice. A comprehensive new edited text on development education which will be ideal for supporting courses, academic study and strengthening the work of practitioners.  A global cast of authors, which includes some of the foremost thinkers in the development education sector, provides an indispensable guide to a burgeoning area of education.  They rigorously debate development education practice in the formal and informal education sectors and the policy environment in which it is delivered. Published by Palgrave MacMillan, 23 April 2014, £65.00, 288 pages.  For more click here.
Open Source Textbooks. “Being free of charge parents, students, and anyone else can also benefit and get started with coding following a structured curriculum at their own time.” The Irish Open Knowledge Forum has coordinated the production of a textbook on coding for Junior Cycle. The shape of things to come? Read more…
Interesting book and article on Teachers, Unions and education systems in Chicago from Truthout. Modeling The Education They Want To Be: The Great Chicago Teachers Unions Strike. Read more...

Interesting Links

Critical thinking for your online research- RbutR

Rbutr is a browser extension which tells you when the page you are currently viewing has been disputed elsewhere on the Internet. So whenever you read an article on the Internet, you have immediate access to someone else explaining their opinion of what is wrong with that article; giving you a much more comprehensive view of the issue than you would have otherwise had, and helping you to be more resilient to any single eloquent, yet biased, source.

Interesting new campaign website tackling root causes of poverty and injustice (Martin Kirk, co-author of Finding Frames is behind it)

“Across the world, the gap between the rich and poor is getting wider. This is not just bad luck, and it's not an accident. It is a direct result of rules: the laws, policies, practices and beliefs that shape our world.  Will you join me in changing the rules?” http://www.therules.org/en/actions/join

Blog on Aid on OECD website by  head of Policy and Advocacy at Trócaire Dr Lorna Gold

“Official Development Assistance (ODA) as we know it would appear to be rapidly going out of fashion”,: http://oecdinsights.org/2013/12/18/political-risk-and-the-oda-definition/?utm_content=buffer8c432&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Uganda Loses Aid

“Once regarded as an example of enlightened African leadership, Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni, is currently something of an international pariah.” http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/feb/25/uganda-donors-cut-aid-anti-gay-law


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.