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E-Circular 11-12-13

Dear Members,

Christmas is nearly upon us, a time to take a breath, reflect on the year and look forward to the return of the sun. We would like to warmly invite all IDEA members to pop into the IDEA office for mulled wine and mince pies between 4 and 7 pm next Thursday the 19th December. Of course, you might not be allowed in unless you have filled out the IDEA Annual Member Survey! This important (and quick) survey lets us know how well we are serving our members’ needs, so please fill it out as soon as possible- the first 20 respondees will win a fantastic resource. Read more….

The IDEA office will close for Christmas from the 20th Dec to the 2nd Jan.


Challenging the Crisis Update

Workshops have taken place in Dublin and Cork during November and December. We would like to thank NYCI for partnering with IDEA on these events, as well as our facilitator Alan Hayes for his inspiring work! IDEA Members CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Amnesty Ireland and ECO-UNESCO also hosted the events, and it was a pleasure to collaborate with you all!

Following these ‘public’ workshops, IDEA is now delivering sessions on ‘Challenging the Crisis’ in-house for other organisations. The first of these happens on Thursday 12 December with USI (Union of Students in Ireland). If you are interested in having IDEA in to run a workshop on ‘Challenging the Crisis’ with the young people you work with in early 2014, please contact the Project Coordinator elaine@ideaonline.ie  The 'Challenging the Crisis' workshops are relevant to any young people with an interest in how the global economic crisis is affecting all of us and young people in particular.  

Before Christmas, we hope to open our call for ‘Young Global Advocates’ – a core group of young people who will lead on Project activities in Ireland. Immediately after Christmas we will be circulating a survey to gauge young people’s attitudes towards global justice and international development. We will be asking IDEA members to help us reach our target of 600 respondents (aged 16-30 years).

For now you can keep up to date on the Project on the IDEA website and on Facebook www.facebook.com/challengingthecrisis

IDEA Annual Members’ Survey

IDEA is undertaking a review of its work throughout 2013. An important part of this process is getting members’ feedback and we would be very grateful if you would take 10 minutes of your time to complete our survey. Read More... Take the Survey! Wednesday 8 January 2014

IDEA Events

Tues 7 January 2014, 10:00 – 11:00 am (online) Support webinar for Irish Aid Annual Grant applicants

IDEA is running a support webinar for Annual Grant applicants. We will particularly focus on the Results Framework section of the application.  Please email your questions to susan@ideaonline.ie in advance of the session, if possible. Read More...
A tip for applicants:  The Wheel website has lots of useful information for the ‘Governance’ section of the application, including sample policy documents.

From Our Members…


Suas have launched a new website to encourage discussion on a wide range of global development issues: www.stand.ie Have a look and comment!
Issue 17 of Policy and Practice, A Development Education Review contains an editorial by IDEA Director Frank Geary, as well as the DEEEP article mentioned below. Well worth a read!
CGE / IDEA Seminar Report The Centre for Global Education (CGE) and IDEA jointly organized a seminar on 25 Sept 2013 titled ‘Toward a National Strategy for Development Education in Ireland’.  The seminar initiated a sectoral debate on whether there is a need for a national development education (DE) strategy in the island of Ireland and, if so, the potential shape of such a strategy. The seminar programme included three keynote presentations, five workshops and a plenary and the report contains the outcomes of the discussions which they generated.  You can access the report by clicking on this link: http://goo.gl/pOAiYY
EIL are seeking a freelance researcher to develop a clear strategy for formal educational accreditation of its International Volunteer Awards programme. See attached PDF.
Froebel College are seeking a dance artist/ ensemble for a residency. See attached word doc.
Africa Centre are advertising an Invitation to apply for a position on the Africa Community Council 2014 to 2016. More info from info@africacentre.ie Deadline 17th January 2014.  


Jan5th- 11th 2014 (Cork) TUNING IN: Connecting to Local and Global Issues Through the Creative Process. Residential training for youth workers/ volunteers. Hosted by CIT Crawford College of Art. Read more on www.tuningin.info
Jan- March 2014 (Dublin) LYCS Local Global Trainers Programme: Adding a whole new world to your work in the community.  Bring the global to your workplace in a creative and dynamic way. See website www.lycs.ie application form available from Helena Mc Neill, E: deved@lycs.ie, T: 01 823 0860.
12th Feb 2014: Development Education and Social Media (Dublin) The training will be facilitated by Gert Ackerman, Communications Officer, The Wheel. Places limited to 16 and registration by Monday, 3 February by contacting stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com.


Sightsavers Ireland have launched their first resource for secondary schools entitled – Seeing Our World. The resource uses  human rights education to explore the causes of avoidable blindness in developing countries by linking to global health and social inclusion issues


Developmenteducation.ie is the online portal for resources in Ireland. Help them to improve the website by filling out this short survey. Respondents are in with a chance to win DE resources and a fairtrade goodies hamper! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H5Z6NYH


Some useful and interesting research circulated by DEEEP this week, see attached summary document:

Article 1: Development Education and Education in International Development Policy: Raising Quality through Critical Pedagogy and Global Skills  http://poldev.revues.org/1654 .
Article 2: Catalysing the 'shadow spaces': challenging development discourse from within the DEEEP project http://www.developmenteducationreview.com/issue17-perspectives1

Please find attached issue 5 of the Development Education Digest produced by DERC. The digest brings together research and policy on development education from sources throughout the world. If you have any comments or wish to contribute to future issues of the digest please contact Fran Hunt at f.hunt@ioe.ac.uk
Who doesn’t like a comic-strip competition?! Especially one on democracy and human rights education. Please share widely http://pjp-eu.coe.int/web/charter-edc-hre-pilot-projects

Other Events To Note

13th Dec, 5:30pm (Dublin) Building a Better International NGO: More Than The Sum of its Parts? Book launch. Attendance by reservation only - to book your place please RSVP via: anna@dochas.ie

Fortnightly Inspiration

Some Festive Satire, especially for all Communications/ Marketing Folks in your organization: http://www.quietroom.co.uk/santa_brandbook/one

that’s all for now folks,



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.