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E-Circular 10-05-15

 Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 10 May 2015.

This fortnight, we're looking forward to the launch of our Challenging the Crisis campaign, the IDEA Annual Conference, as well as a reminder about two IDEA events, including a workshop on working collaboratively and an afternoon with Larry Siems, editor of Guantánamo Diary. We also have news about the latest event by The Wheel's Members' Leadership Network, a Child Protection Awareness Programme by the NYCI, a Creativity and Change Programme by CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, and a reminder that The Wheel's Annual Conference will be taking place later this month.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


GENE Review and Irish Aid Strategy Processes

Meetings took place for the Global Education Network Europe (GENE) peer review of development education in Ireland during the last week of April. Irish Aid, who is a member of GENE, asked the network to carry out this review which will inform the development of Irish Aid’s future strategy for Development Education.

IDEA has played an active role in ensuring that the voice of the development education sector is reflected in this review and that as many actors as possible from across development education in Ireland were involved in the process. IDEA Task Groups focusing on Formal Education, the Adult and Community sector and the Youth sector have been meeting since January to outline successes, challenges, opportunities and strategic priorities for development education. There has been a very active engagement of the sector in this work, and as well as identifying priorities for the GENE review process, it has also identified priorities that will be useful in contexts ranging from our future inputs into the Irish Aid Development Education strategy to the IDEA strategy.

Task Groups met with the GENE review team and took part in a plenary discussion hosted by Irish Aid in Farmleigh House. As the next step in the process, written submissions will be sent by the end of May. This work will be ongoing during 2015 and 2016 as we engage with the development of a new Irish Aid strategy on development education.

Challenging the Crisis Launch

Challenging the Crisis is a pan-European campaign to raise awareness and empower EU citizens as global development advocates. Run by a group of Young Global Advocates, facilitated by IDEA, the campaign’s focus is on creating a more just and equal global society through Social and Solidarity Economy.

The launch will take place at 17:00, 11 May 2015, in the European Parliament Information Office, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Speakers include: Lynn Boylan, MEP,  Mairead McGuinness, MEP, Duncan Stewart, Environmentalist, Isabelle Kidney, Irish League of Credit Unions, and representatives from the Challenging the Crisis Young Global Advocate team.

Please register at: communications@ideaonline.ie 

Working Collaboratively: What, Why And How

Just a reminder that our active learning workshop on working collaboratively will take place this Tuesday, 12 May. The workshop will be facilitated by Kieran Murphy of Wholestory Management Consultancy and take place from 9:30 -13:00, followed by lunch.

Cost: IDEA members €25, non-members €75

Register by contacting eimear@ideaonline.ie

Guantánamo Diary: A Conversation with Larry Siems

We are delighted to welcome Larry Siems, the editor of Guantánamo Diary for a conversation with Dr. Audrey Bryan, Monday, 18 May, 15:30 – 17:00, at the IDEA Offices. They will be discussing how he became involved as editor, the issues the diary raises, and how the diary might be used in a Development Education context. Audience members will be invited to actively engage in the discussion.

The event is free but please register by contacting eimear@ideaonline.ie in advance.

IDEA Annual Conference 2015

The theme for the IDEA Annual Conference this year is Universality – Linking local to global?  The event, which will take place on Friday 12 June, will examine what universality is in the context of the SDGs and what it means for civil society organisations and for development education. More to follow shortly.



The Wheel: Members' Leadership Network

The Wheel's next Members' Leadership Network event, will taking place on 12 May at the Ulster Bank Group Centre on Georges Quay, Dublin 2. The focus of this latest network gathering is on the Myers Briggs Indicator (MBI), an incisive personality test that allows you to identify your psychological / personality type (out of a possible 16).

Facilitated by Catherine Vaughan, you can expect plenty of interactive discussion and practical exercises during this session, as you learn about what the Myers Briggs approach can bring to your workplace too.

The event is free but registration is essential. Find out more and register here.

The Wheel: Annual Conference & Expo
The Wheel's Conference & Expo 2015 is your opportunity to help shape a compelling vision for Ireland and for the community and voluntary sector – a vision to place people at the centre of decision-making that affects them.

This year's conference will be focusing on understanding roles, valuing relationships and sustaining confidence. It will take place 14 May, 9:00 -17:00, in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 3. Find out more and register here.

NYCI Child Protection Awareness Programme

This basic awareness course being provided by the NYCI is the standardised child protection training programme for the youth work sector and will take place on 27 May, 2015 from 10:00 - 14:30.  It will be focusing on creating a basic awareness of the key issues in relation to child protection. The course is suitable for volunteers and staff members in youth work organisations and the price is €50.

Register here.

DSA's Research in Action Team

The the DSA Ireland Network is looking for interested parties to be part of a new "Research in Action" team, being established to promote communication between all members via the DSA Ireland Blog, Working Paper Series and New Policy Brief Series.

As a member of the team, you would be responsible for promoting materials via social media, inviting blog posts, disseminating policy briefs to stakeholders and promoting comments and interaction through the network. This is a great opportunity to make lots of contacts and be a part of building the DSA Ireland network.

If you are interested contact: wps@dsaireland.org.

Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review Issue 20

Issue 20 of the Centre for Global Education's bi-annual, peer reviewed journal, Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review, has been published and is now available here online. The theme of this issue is Reflections and Projections: Policy and Practice Ten Years On, which is our tenth anniversary edition. This important milestone is an opportunity to reflect upon the last decade of Policy and Practice and some of the key discourses in development education (DE) that emerged from the journal’s output. Leading development education practitioners have offered their reflections on the journey taken by development education over the last decade and also consider upcoming opportunities to strengthen the sector such as the post-2015 agenda for international development. Please feel free to leave comments on Policy and Practice articles on the journal’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/policyandpractice

Policy and Practice Issue 22: Call for Contributors

The Centre is inviting contributions to Issue 22 of Policy and Practice.  This is an open call for contributors to address an aspect of development education practice or the policy environment in which it is delivered.  We will consider submissions to the journal’s Focus, Perspectives, Viewpoint and Review sections that address a clearly defined aspect of development education policy and / or practice.

Articles should be submitted on or before Friday, 4 December 2015. Authors interested in submitting an article should send a 300 word précis to
stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com by Friday, 4 September.



CIT Crawford College of Art and Design: Creativity and Change Programme

Creativity & Change is a programme about creativity and its power to ignite empathy, passion and learning about our interconnected and interdependent world. Arts Participation and Development is a level 8 Certificate with has several strands of learning within the context of global citizenship & global and local justice themes.

The programme is for artists, community workers, youth workers, activists educators, volunteers and anyone who is interested in exploring the connection between creativity, learning and change in the world, and in nurturing possibilities to grow as connected global citizens.

For futher information email: creativityandchange@cit.ie with queries or call 0863765786

You can also apply here.  The fee is €680.

Activist Summer Camp

Claiming our Future is holding a creative camp for activists, artists & everyone on 3 & 4 July, at 4 pm, at Knockree Youth Hostel, Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

The weekend will focus on how to better work towards social change in Ireland, turn discussion about social justice issues into action and try it out, make campaign actions creative and learn how to use them for your causes and campaigns. You will also have the opportunity to get to know and discuss new ideas with like-minded people.

Find out more here.

Development aid failures exacerbate migrant crisis
Chronic underdevelopment in many African countries is intensifying the crisis unfurling on Europe's doorstep. But EU development aid continues to decline.
EurActiv, 29 April

EU development finance needs 'completely new approach', report says                                                                                                                                                                         European Report on Development 2015 says finance alone not enough to achieve post-2015 agenda – policies must have a long-term, transformative impact                                                     The Guardian, 04 May


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IDEA works to connect its membership and also to connect Development Education to wider audiences.