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E-Circular 07-04-16

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 07 April 2016.

This week we have the latest for you regarding the DEAR Call, and session one and two of our Development Education Conversation Series, as well as the advocacy manual from Challenging the Crisis. We also have details of events, opportunities, training, and resources from the Latin American Solidarity Centre (LASC), Comlámh, Plan Ireland, Suas, Centre for Global Education, The Wheel, Trócaire, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Dóchas, Young Social Innovators (YSI), FLAC, Trinity International Development Initiative and The International Disability & Development Consortium (IDDC). We have the latest in EU and International News, job and funding opportunities, along with this week's top resources and reads.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie



As a result of our DEAR Call information session, 07 April, IDEA is setting up a group to help facilitate the identification of potential partners. If your organisation has been contacted by a potential EU partner and you are not interested or not in a position to explore this particular opportunity, we would like to share this information with other IDEA members. Please contact susan@ideaonline.ie (mailto:susan@ideaonline.ie) if you would like to join the information-sharing group and/or if you are aware of an interested organisation that you are willing to share.

Development Education Conversation Series

Session One: Global Citizenship Education

IDEA will be running a series of Development Education Conversations throughout 2016. These will be informal evening sessions, providing the opportunity for anyone interested in Development Education to explore various aspects of theory and practice. We are delighted that our first session will be convened by Maria Barry (PhD fellow at the Centre for Human Rights & Citizenship Education, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra) on Tuesday 19 April, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, in the IDEA Office. Find out more...

Session Two: Development Education: where we've been and where we need to be

The second session in our Development Education conversation series will be convened by Colm Regan (co-founder of 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World and of developmenteducation.ie) who has been a key thinker and activist for Development Education in Ireland for nearly 40 years. This will take place on Wednesday 4 May, 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the IDEA Office. Find out more... 

Challenging the Crisis News

The Challenging the Crisis Advocacy Manual is now available online. Download it here

Member & Partner News

LASC Latin America Week 2016

Latin America Solidarity Centre's annual Latin America Week will focus on the migrant and humanitarian crisis in Europe and Central America/Mexico. Events around Ireland (Galway, Dublin, Limerick) will highlight the links between similar realities in two different areas of the globe. Find out more...

Comlámh: Palestine/Israel Development Education Course

Comhlámh is hosting a Development Education course for anyone who wants to learn about the ongoing conflict in Palestine and Israel. This will run from 07 April - 12 May. Find out more...

Plan Ireland: Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities

Nicholas van Praag, founder and director of Ground Truth will be joined by Craig Dean from Plan International’s ‘Voice for Change’ project on 15 April to discuss the challenge of, and opportunities for, improved communication during times of crisis. Find out more...

Suas: Looking for volunteers to join editorial committee for stand.ie 

Stand.ie is a website exploring global justice issues featuring articles written by volunteer contributors. Suas is looking for a range of members who have an interest in/experience of writing, editing, taking photos, making videos/podcasts, creating visuals, conducting interviews, social media marketing to join the group. If you're interested in getting involved with the group, please contact Deirdre deirdre@suas.ie 

Centre for Global Education: Global Issues Seminar series 2016

The Centre for Global Education has organised a Global Issues Seminar series 2016 running over six weeks, starting on 13 April. The seminars will debate topical development issues and each session will be facilitated by a leading development practitioner. Find out more...

The Wheel: Procurement and Tendering Workshop

The Wheel are holding a workshop on how to succeed at procurement and tendering in their Fleet Street office on Wednesday, 20 April, 09:30am - 1:00pm. Find out more...

Trócaire: Thunderclap for Climate Change

Don't forget to sign up to Trócaire's thunderclap before 20 April, if you haven't already, and help spread the #ClimateActionNow message. Find out more...

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design & Comhlámh: Tools for Creativity & Change Training

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and Comhlámh are hosting a training day, Tuesday, 26 April, for community workers, youth workers, educators, volunteers and anyone interested in engaging others with Global Citizenship themes. Find out more...

Dóchas: 2016 Irish Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Dóchas 2016 Irish Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals will take place on 05 May, in Croke Park. Speakers include Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, and Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee. This is now booked out but you can apply to be put on the waiting list. Find out more...

Creating a Better World Exhibition - Invitation to Exhibit

The Young Social Innovators Awards and Showcase on 10 May 2016 will have 5,000 teenagers and their teachers from schools throughout Ireland participating. If you are interested in exhibiting or would like to find out more, please contact Emma Weafer at emma.weafer@youngsocialinnovators.ie 

Real Tools to bring about Real Change

The Centre for Global Education & Queen’s University Belfast School of Education are hosting a practical session on ways to engage young people in authentic active citizenship projects on Tuesday, 17 May, facilitated by Jamie Kelsey-Fry author of the groundbreaking youth empowerment text the Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit. To find out more, contact stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com 

The Wheel: Conference and Expo 2016

The Wheel's Annual Conference and Expo 2016 will take place in Croke Park on 24 & 25 May. This year's Lecture will be delivered by the internationally acclaimed philosopher Prof. Philip Pettit. Find out more...

Other News

FLAC: UN Universal Periodic Review recommendations

FLAC has published its recommendations for ensuring access to justice in Ireland ahead of Ireland's UPR examination. Find out more...

Conflict, Migration and Identity in Modern Ireland: Global and Transnational perspectives

This conference, hosted by Trinity International Development Initiative is an opportunity to reflect on the relationships between conflict, migration and identity in modern Irish history and culture. Takes place 13 - 15 April.  Find out more...

Leaving No One Behind, Turning Goals into Actions

The International Disability & Development Consortium (IDDC) is holding a one day workshop, 27 April, which will focus on the inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Deadline for registration is Friday 08 April. Find out more... 

EU & International News

CIVICUS Active Citizens Photography Competition

The Active Citizens Photography Competition is being held in the run-up to International Civil Society Week 2016 under the banner: “Active Citizens, Accountable Actions. Deadline for entry is Friday, 15 April. Find out more...

Launch of African Higher Education Resource Database

The International Network for Higher Education in Africa (INHEA) has just launched an African Higher Education Resource Database , direct to higher education students, academics, researchers, policy makers , and other actors, engaged in African research and development. Find out more...

Degrowth Week Budapest 2016

Between 30 August and 3 September 2016, Budapest will host two parallel, yet complementary events - the 5th International Degrowth Conference and Degrowth Week. These will focus on issues related to the breaching of environmental limits and the failure of economic infrastructures to provide a dignified existence for communities and society. Find out more... 

Job Opportunities

Gorta-Self Help Africa: External Evaluator required for Development Education Programme

Gorta-Self Help Africa is seeking an external facilitator to measure the effectiveness, overall impact and the extent to which expected outcomes or otherwise of the Development Education programme have been achieved.  The deadline is 12 April. Find out more...

Comhlámh: Invitation to Tender  -  Audit Services

Following best practice standards Comhlámh has issued and invitation to tender for the provision of audit services. The appointment will be approved at the 2016 AGM in May. The deadline is 18 April. Find out more...

Funding Opportunities

Apply For WorldWise Global Schools Grant Call 2015-2016

This call opened on 02 March to organisations working with post-primary schools and school networks on Development Education The deadline is 08 April. Find out more...

Civicus: Global Day of Citizen Action

If you are a voting Member of the CIVICUS network, you are eligible to apply for one of approximately 50 grants of up to USD 800 that CIVICUS will award to selected Voting Member organisations to support their Global Day of Citizen Action events on 14 May. The deadline is 10 April. Find out more... 

The Community Foundation for Ireland Announces Grants

Over €600,000 will be awarded to community and voluntary groups across Ireland to increase the sense of belonging in Ireland for Refugees, Transgender Identities and Experiences, and Families at Risk of Homelessness is now open. All applications are online and the closing date for this Grant Scheme is 4.30 p.m. Friday, 22 April. Find out more... 

The IPB Community Engagement Fund

The €1m IPB Insurance Community Engagement Fund is now open for applications. The purpose of the fund is to support projects rooted in the local area, led by local people and to improve the quality of life for those living in their community. Grants between €2,000 and €20,000 available. The deadline is 25 April. Find out more... 

DEAR Call 2016

On 18 March the European Commission launched a Call for Proposals for “Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union” known as the 2016 DEAR Call. The deadline for concept notes is 01 June. Find out more... 

Top Resources

Case Study: Issues night - Child labour

This case study outlines the learning from Celtic Youth Bray's annual ‘issues night’- an interactive and experiential event where youth members (typically aged 12 – 16) get to role play the lives of those from other situations and places in the world. Find out more... 

Great resource from Dóchas separating fact from fiction about aid. Find out more...

Check out the TAP Network Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit that serves as a practical guide for stakeholders for national-level advocacy around Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.

Great video from the One Campaign for change showing how easy it is to become homeless and the effects it can have on people.

Easy to understand video from Vox explaining the Panama Papers using piggy banks as an analogy.

Top Reads

Executions globally hit 26-year high, warns Amnesty 

Surge in death penalty in Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia but China remains ‘world’s top executioner’

Irish Times, 6 April

How I deal with the unbearable hypocrisy of being an environmentalist 

It’s not easy living green without going completely off the grid, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do what we can – and accept that sometimes we’ll fail

The Guardian, 5 April

Careers in global Development Education: What you need to know 

Much progress has been made in the field of global education since the launch of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, however, there is still much work to be done.

Devex, 29 March

Inside the Calais Jungle: an activists’ journey into the ‘Refugee Crisis’ 

Deirdre Walsh reports on making the journey to Calais as part of the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity convoy in October 2015

Developmenteducation.ie, 25 March


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