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E-Circular 10-03-16

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 10 March 2016.
This week we have updates for you on Irish Aid's 2016 Annual Grants and our upcoming workshops and webinars, as well as the latest from the Challenging the Crisis Campaign. We also have details of events, opportunities, training, and resources from Trócaire, Christian Aid, Young Social Innovators (YSI), Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC), and the Centre for Global Education. We have the latest in EU and International News, and some work opportunities with upcoming deadlines, along with this week's top reads and resources.
Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Annual Grants 2016
Applicants for the Irish Aid Development Education Annual Grants will be receiving a response to their submissions in the coming week. As in previous years, IDEA will be sending a response to Irish Aid regarding this Annual Grants round. In order for us to have a full picture of its impact on the Development Education sector, we are asking our members to provide us with information about their applications, and the grants and feedback received. To facilitate this, please complete this short questionnaire by Friday, 01 April.
Please also feel free to contact us at the IDEA office at frank@ideaonline.ie if we can provide any other support.
Good Governance Webinar
Is your organisation working towards compliance with the Governance Code  (http://www.governancecode.ie/) ? If so, you may be interested in joining IDEA’s Good Governance Group. The group meets informally to provide peer support for IDEA members working on governance issues, to share resources (policy templates, etc), and to hold training sessions addressing identified needs. We are holding our first webinar of 2016 on Tuesday 15 March, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Find out more... (https://www.ideaonline.ie/latest/event-detail/idea-good-governance-webinar)
Development Education Facilitation Skills: A Practical Introduction
On Tuesday, 22 March, 10:30am - 1:00pm, we will be hosting a half-day workshop, facilitated by Helena McNeill, that will build the skills and confidence needed to prepare and deliver a good Development Education workshop in which all participants learn with and from each other. Find out more...
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 at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, on Tuesday 19 April, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Find out more...

Challenging the Crisis News
We are nearing the end of our Challenging the Crisis Campaign, so help us keep the pressure on our MEPs by signing our petition for a European Year for Social and Solidarity Economy.

Member & Partner News

Discussion on Humanitarian Financing and the World Humanitarian Summit
Trócaire and Christian Aid Ireland are hosting a discussion on the work and plans of the START Network, the High-level Panel report on Humanitarian Financing, the Charter for Change and related issues ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit. The event will take place on 16 March, 13:00 - 16:00 and starts with a light lunch. RSVP to Reiseal NI Cheilleachair at Reiseal.NiCheilleachair@trocaire.org.
LYCS Fetac Level 6 in Global Development
LYCS is offering free accredited training for people working or involved in local community organisations and projects. The first two days study will take place 15&16 March 2016 and the rest of the course will be held in April and May in central Dublin. Find out more...
Healthy Eating without Costing the Earth
The Centre for Global Education is holding a free half-day workshop on Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 10am to 3pm to increase awareness of sustainable food and the global food system using fun, engaging and participative methodologies. 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.

Other News

Claiming Our Future: Declaration for a Future Ireland
Representatives from Claiming Our Future met recently with President Higgins and presented him with their Declaration for a Future Ireland. The document proposes a fundamental transformation for Ireland, built on the core values of equality, environmental sustainability, participation, accountability and solidarity. Find out more...
Claiming Our Future are also planning an event on Irish civil society early in the summer. We will share details in the near future.
Earth Hour 2016
Take part in Earth Hour 2016 by turning off your lights for one hour on 19 March, 8.30-9.30pm. You can help put Ireland on the global map by logging your location online. Find out more...

EU & International News

New publication on EU funding delivery mechanisms
With its new development cooperation strategies for 2014-2020, the EU is in the process of changing how it funds the work of civil society organisations. CONCORD has studied the different funding delivery mechanisms and collected experiences from members, and the result is a new study titled EU funding Delivery Mechanisms – New trends in EuropeAid Funding and what they mean for CSOs to help CSOs better navigate the current EU funding landscape. Find out more...
Encouraging results for the European Year for Development
A special Special Eurobarometer on Citizens' views on Development, Cooperation and aid following The European Year for Development was launched on 29 February. There are some interesting findings in the 'country analysis' for Ireland. Find out more...
Call for papers on Globalisation and the role of the state in global education
The International Journal for Development Education and Global Learning (IJDEGL) is calling for papers on the subject of Globalisation and the role of the state in global education. Find out more...

Job Opportunities

Suas Educational Development: Development Education Project Manager
Suas Educational Development is looking for a Project Manager to join its Global Citizenship Programme team to manage The Ideas Collective and the Campus Ideas Collective. Apply to hr@suas.ie by 5pm, Wednesday, 23 March. Find out more...
Gorta-Self Help Africa: External Evaluator Of 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. Deadline for submission of tenders is COB, 30 March 2016. Find out more...

Funding Opportunities

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...
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...
Ireland Funds Announces 2016 Grant Round Schedule
The Ireland Funds Small Grants Round for 2016 will be open from 1 March – 4 April 5pm. Find out more...

Top Reads & Resources

EU-Turkey deal could see Syrian refugees back in war zones, says UN
Refugees chief questions legality of agreement to send people back to Turkey without guarantees for their protection
The Guardian, 08 March
The election? I couldn’t give a f***’: battling voter apathy
Low turnout in inner-city Dublin reflected a lack of faith in politics, but that may be changing
Irish Times, 05 March
Democracy 2.0: Five steps to give power back to the people
As the parties pick over the results of Ireland’s general election, critics say that our blunt majority-rule system is an outdated form of government
Irish Times, 03 March
The best summer escapes for students 
Don’t waste the long break from college: why not head to the US, go inter-railing around Europe or help people as you see the world with a voluntourism trip?
Irish Times, 29 February
Great Democracy and General Election resource from Scoilnet for use in a CSPE class.
Check out this TEDtalk How Hitchhiking Gave Me Hope For Humanity by Ruairí McKiernan.


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