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E-Circular 06-10-16

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 06 October 2016.

This week we have information for you about the Irish Aid Annual Grants Round 2016,  We also have details of events, opportunities, training, and resources from Global Citizenship School, ECO-UNESCO, the Centre for Global Education, Trócaire, Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS), Comhlámh, Age Action Ireland, ATD Ireland, ActionAid Ireland, Development Perspectives, Waterford One World Centre, and National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI). We have the latest EU & International News, job and funding opportunities, along with this week's top resources and reads.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Irish Aid Annual Grant Round 2017
We've just been informed that the Irish Aid Development Education Annual Grants Round 2017 will open either this evening or first thing tomorrow morning. Information on how to apply for funding will be available here.

The key dates for this year's round are:

  • Public Information Session                                  18 October ‘16
  • Deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest     20 October ‘16
  • Deadline for receipt of completed applications    17 November ‘16
  • Grants Committee Meeting                                 14 February ‘17

The Public Information Session will be held at 11am on Tuesday, 18 October, in the Irish Aid offices on Clonmel Street off Harcourt Street.

IDEA Support for Members around the Annual Grants process
We are hosting a number of workshops and webinars throughout October and November to support those taking part in this and other grant application processes, including:

  • Impact Measurement Workshop, Thursday, 13 October, 2:00 – 4:30pm 
  • Budgeting Workshop, Tuesday, 18 October, 2:00 – 4:00pm
  • Webinar: Follow-up to the Impact Measurement Workshop, Thursday, 27 October, 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Webinar: Annual Grants Clinic, Wednesday, 02 November, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Full details available here.

Welcome to our new colleagues!
We'd like to welcome our new Finance and Administration Officer Sal Healy, and our new Capacity Development Officer Elaine Mahon who took up their positions this week. We're delighted to have them with us and look forward to working with them both.

Member & Partner News

Global Citizenship School: World's Largest Lesson
The Global Goals/ World's Largest Lesson fortnight organised by Global Citizenship School for Irish primary schools kicked off on 05 October. The Lesson is a global initiative with the aim that every child on our planet does one lesson about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Find out more here and here.

ECO-UNESCO: Young Environmentalist Awards
Registration for the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards is now open. Young people across the country can take part by carrying out an environmental action project in their school or community. Free training and support is provided to all registered groups. Find out more... 

Centre for Global Education: Occupation and Resistance in the West Bank, Palestine
This report by the Centre for Global Education is the result of a visit by the centre's director, Stephen McCloskey, to the West Bank, Palestine, with a delegation of Irish activists to assess the human rights situation on the ground. Find out more...

Trócaire: Youth Group Development Education Workshops
Trócaire has an exciting new youth outreach programme for youth groups throughout Ireland, offering tailored global justice workshops to groups with a minimum of 15 young people aged 15 –25. Find out more...

LYCS: Global Development Course
Lourdes Youth and Community Services is running a 6 day course exploring and questioning what development is, how to evaluate development, and what are some of the root causes of the many development challenges facing the world today. This will run 11 October – 13 December, Mosney Accommodation Centre and is FETAC Level 6. Find out more...

Comlámh: Trade Justice Course
Comhlámh is running its Autumn Trade Justice Course over six Thursday evenings, 6.30 – 9.00 pm, starting 13 October. Find out more... 

Age Action Ireland: Seminar On Healthy Ageing In The Global South
Age Action Ireland are running a half day seminar on Thursday, 13 October, 9am-1pm, Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2.  This will explore what healthy ageing looks like for older people in developing countries, particularly the challenges and opportunities going forward in an era of global ageing populations. Find out more...

Trócaire: Photography Exhibition
John McColgan is hosting a photography exhibition, 'This is Palestine', 14 - 18 October, featuring a selection of photographs he took when he travelled to the West Bank and Gaza with Trócaire. Find out more...

ATD Ireland: Mark World Poverty Day
All Together in Dignity Ireland and World Poverty Day Ireland are holding a candlelight vigil, 7:00-7:45pm, 16 October at the Famine Memorial Statues (Custom House Quay) to mark World Food Day and End Poverty Day. Find out more...

There will be a gathering on 17 October at the Famine Memorial Statues with addresses by President Micheal D. Higgins,The Lord Mayor Brendan Carr, as well as people with direct experience of consistent poverty. Find out more... 

ActionAid: World Poverty Day Film Screening 
ActionAid is holding a screening of The Price We Pay, 6.30pm on Monday the 17 October , World Poverty day, in Filmbase, Curved Street, Templebar. This award-winning documentary exposes the world of multinational tax dodging, which deprives developing countries of billions of euro in revenue every year. Find out more... 

ECO-UNESCO: Youth Employability Initiative in Dublin and Galway
‘Green Options’ is a free accredited environmental training course that aims to equip young people, 15-24 yrs old, with the qualification and skills to progress to paid employment or to further or higher education. The course is full-time for 8 weeks and commences in Dublin, 17 October and Galway, 07 November. Find out more... 

Development Perspectives: #SDGChallenge Goal 6 Workshop
Development Perspectives's next #SDGChallenge workshop will focus on Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation. This will take place on 18 October, Kilkenny Education  Centre, Callan Rd., Kilkenny. RSVP to stephanie@developmentperspectives.ie.

Waterford One World Centre: Social Economy Day
Waterford One World Centre and the Waterford Area Partnership are hosting a day of information and exploration about the Social Economy in the South East of Ireland. Find out more... 

LASC: Latin American Development Issues Course
Latin America Solidarity Centre is running a 15 week Latin American Development Issues course, starting 18 October. This will explore issues such as History, Economy, Politics, Indigenous, Gender. Find out more... 

LYCS: Waste Not Want Not Fair
LYCS' Waste Not Want Not Fair will take place Tuesday, 18 October 2016 from 12:00 to 16:00
Ballybough Community Centre - 49 Ballybough Road, Dublin. The event is part of ReUse month and will have workshops, talks and stands where you will find out ways of reusing, reusing, repairing, upcycling, recycling and donating. Find out more...

Comhlámh: Coming Home Weekend
Comhlámh's next Coming Home Weekend will take place 12 and 13 November in Glencree Peace and Reconcilation centre, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. Find out more...

NYCI: Annual Conference 2016
This year's National Youth Council of Ireland' Annual conference 'Talking Cents?', 13 December, will focus on how to secure investment and funding to enhance the delivery of quality youth work in a changing public policy context. More information to follow...

Other News 

UNICEF: Report on Migrant and Refugee Children
UNICEF has released a new report, Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children, that includes comprehensive data on migrant and refugee children around the world – where they are born, where they move, and the dangers they face along the way. Find out more...

Better Together: Video Story Competition 2016
The 2016 Better Together Video Story Competition for non-profits is now open for entries. Any charity, club or association (no matter how large or small) working in Ireland can take part by submitting a short video story. Find out more...

Irish Charity Labs: Autumn Skill-Building Events
Irish Charity Labs is hosting a workshop on Web Writing & SEO for non-profits, 11 Oct, and an Online Advertising for Non-Profits Seminar, 08 Nov. Find out more...

Linking Schools with Communities - A European Training Seminar 
This seminar will introduce a new approach in environmental education for schools, development education and Education for Sustainable Development. It will be run by WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, 10 - 11 October 2016. Find out more...

Peter McVerry Trust: Forum on Media and Homelessness
This event, 13 October, 6:30 - 8:30pm, examines the portrayal of homelessness in Ireland's media. It will discuss how the issue and people impacted are reported on, in addition to the language and imagery often associated with it. Find out more...

Dublin City Council: Ireland Festival of Nations
'Ireland Festival of Nations' is a free celebration of diversity and multiculturalism for all the family to enjoy. It will take place on 15 October, in  Mountjoy Square,  1:00-5:00pm. Find out more...

TIDI: “The World Bank, Experimentation, and the African Development Agenda”
The Trinity International Development Initiative is hosting a seminar with Prof. Howard Stein, Dept. of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan on “The World Bank, Experimentation, and the African Development Agenda,” on 17 October. Find out more...

Legacies of community arts and culture as agency for social justice and transformation
This event, run by BLUEDRUM, in NUI Galway, 17-18  October will focus on community arts work undertaken in Ireland in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. It will explore the legacies and collective memories of this field of practice and will be accompanied by a set of Legacy Papers. Book by 07 October via legacyevent@gmail.com.

Royal Irish Academy: Conference - Enfranchising Ireland? Identity, citizenship and state

The Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy in association with the Department of Justice and Equality and NUI Galway will present a conference in citizenship with contributions from classicists, historians and social scientists on 20 October 2016. Find out more...

TIDI: "The UN Sustainable Development Agenda and Global Labour Rights"
The Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, in association with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and with the support of the Trinity International Development Initiative, is hosting a Conference on “The UN Sustainable Development Agenda and Global Labour Rights,” 9:00 - 15:30, 11 November. Find out more...

EU & International News

SDG Watch Europe coalition
The SDG Watch Europe is a new, EU-level, cross-sectoral CSO alliance of NGOs from development, environment, social, human rights and other sectors. Its goal is to hold governments to account for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). Find out more...

Global Education Monitoring Report by UNESCO
The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, Education for people and planet, shows the potential for education to propel progress towards all global goals outlined in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). It also shows that education needs to change fundamentally to meet global development goals. Find out more...
Measuring progress towards Target 4.7
The International Association for the Evaluation for Educational Achievement (IEA) has launched the 2019 International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) to help countries monitor progress toward the implementation of the SDG4-Education 2030 Agenda, and, in particular, target 4.7. Find out more...

Job Opportunities

Development Education Research Centre: Co-Director 
The Development Education Research Centre, the UK’s leading research centre on Development Education and related areas such as global learning, global citizenship and global education, is looking for a Co-Director. Deadline for applications is Friday, 07 October. Find out more...

Funding Opportunities

BAI: Media Research Funding Scheme
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is making a total of €50,000 available to suitably qualified academics, researchers and media professionals in order to carry out short-term research project(s) on a variety of themes. Deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday, 14 October. Find out more...

Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme 2016
The Irish Research Council, in partnership with The Wheel and Dochas, is pleased to announce the opening of the New Foundations Scheme 2016. The call includes a strand addressing research engagement with civic society both on a national and international basis. Deadline for applications is 21 October. Find out more...

Iarnród Éireann Offering Free Travel to Irish Non-profits
Iarnród Éireann Irish rail is supporting the work of local Community Groups, Sports, Clubs, Voluntary Bodies, Charities and other such groups during 2016/17 by offering free train travel on an agreed return journey for up to 100 groups, of up to 50 people at a time. Deadline for application is 21 October. Find out more...

EU Commission: Grants for Awareness-Raising and Education Activities aimed at Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women
The EU Commission has issued a call for proposals for awareness-raising and education activities to prevent violence against women. Deadline for submission is 27 October, 12:00 (noon) CET. Find out more...

Top Resources

Case Study: Climate Justice Mural
The 'There is Hope if We Act Together' climate justice mural in Skerries aimed to bring primary school student participants on a learning journey about the effects of climate change, and how they have the power to take action for climate justice. Find out more...

Powerful video of rhythmic poem entitled ‘What They Took With Them’ by Jenifer Toksvig', inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.

The Irish 17 October Committee has produced an activity kit including information about the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty as well as an invitation for children to carry out an activity ahead of the next UN Day.

This interactive map shows the life expectancy, population size and GDP/capita for every country from the 1800s up to 2015. Click play down the bottom and watch the circles expand, drop, rise etc. You can also choose individual countries to focus on.

Check out Welcome to Italy, a series of short films, that examines the Migrant reception system in Italy, uncovering a patchwork of makeshift shelters, organised crime, and official misconduct.

Top Reads

The $10-a-month teacher - and the slum school she rescued
When Betty Nyaghoa launched Gatoto in a Nairobi shantytown, there were 400 kids in a single room. Now it produces engineers, doctors and lecturers
The Guardian, 03 October

EU strikes deal to fast-track Paris ratification
Environment ministers from 28 Member States approve climate treaty ratification
Business Green, 30 September

What will the European Consensus on Development mean for people with disabilities?
Seamus Jeffreson, CONCORD Director reflects on the upcoming European Consensus on Development and its impact on people with disabilities
concordeurope.org, 26 September

Climate change is not a problem for 2100, it's here now
The time has come to stop sitting on our hands. Ireland has to lead the way in combining economic vibrancy with strong action, warns climate-change expert Joseph Curtin
Irish Independent, 24 September

How Africa Tweets – 2015
An interesting study has been published into tweeting in Africa by Portland – an international private communications and public affairs consultancy
Developmenteducation.ie, 15 August


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