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E-Circular 15-10-15

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 15 October 2015.

This week we have information about our upcoming clinic and webinars to support our members in their Irish Aid Annual Grant applications, as well as the latest news from our Challenging the Crisis team. We also have trainings, seminars, and events from the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), Irish 17 October Committee, Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS), Global Citizenship Education, The People's Conversation, The Charities Regulatory Authority, Social Justice Ireland, and the Development Studies Association Ireland. We also have the latest research from the Development Education Research Centre (DERC), while among our top reads we have the figures and reaction to the 2016 Budget allocation for overseas aid, as well as our top resources for this week.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Support for IDEA members around the Annual Grants Round
The Irish Aid Annual Grants call is now open. To support our members in this process, IDEA is running a clinic and webinars over the coming weeks. On Tuesday 20 October, 11:30 – 12:30 we will hold a webinar in which IDEA staff will go over the Annual Grants application form, section by section. On Tuesday 27 October, 3:00 – 4:00 pm we will hold a webinar concentrating specifically on governance issues within the application form. And finally on Tuesday 3 November, 1:30 – 4:30 pm at the IDEA office, we will hold a clinic in which applicants can get together with IDEA staff to discuss specific questions arising from the application form.

The webinar and application clinic are free but are open to IDEA members only.  For more information and to register, please contact Susan@ideaonline.ie.  

More information on applying for funding here

Challenging the Crisis News!

Join us at the Dublin Food Co-op!
The Dublin Food Co-op has been hosting our Young Global Advocates from the Challenging the Crisis project every Saturday since the beginning of October. Their goal is to inform people on their petition for a European Year for Social and Solidarity Economy and collect as many signatures as possible! This is our last Saturday (17/10/2015), so drop by to sign our petition or sign it online here http://www.challengingthecrisis.com/en/action/
Proud supporters of the Co-operative Fair
‘Challenging the Crisis’ is participating in this year's Convergence Festival - a sustainable living festival that is taking place across Ireland during October. YGAs  hope to attend in Cork, Belfast, Galway and Dublin. Find out more... 

Find out more about the Challenging the Crisis campaign here.

Member & Partner News

Irish 17 October Committee: UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
The Irish 17 October committee are holding a events this Friday, 16 October, at 7.00pm and Saturday, 17 October, from 10:45am - 3:00pm, at the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. Find out more... 

The People's Conversation: How can citizens achieve a greater role in shaping Irish society?
Take part in a public conversation featuring a keynote address from Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in the Oak Room, The Mansion House, Dublin 2,  29 Oct,  12.15pm – 2.30pm. Find out more...

LYCS: Think Global Eat Local
Join  Lourdes Youth and Community Services for a one-day networking forum on 8 December 2015 in Dublin (venue TBC) to gain and share ideas for taking action to increase access to healthy, sustainable food at a local level. Find out more...

Charities Regulatory Authority Information Campaign
The Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA), in conjunction with the Wheel and Volunteer Ireland, is holding information sessions to support charities is in the process of registration with the CRA, providing practical guidance on online registration and annual reporting to the CRA.Find out more...

DSA Ireland Annual Conference 
The Development Studies Association Ireland's annual conference, “Transformative Change? The Role of Evidence-Based Research and Impact in Global Development”, will take place in Dublin, on 19 and 20 November. Find out more...

Media Competition: National Youth Council of Ireland and EYD 2015
Create a short blog post or article on the impact of EU development aid around the world before 22 October and be in with the chance to win €500, from One World Week 2015 AND...see your piece published by the Irish Times! Find out more...

The 2015 Better Together Video Competition 
The Better Together video competition is a platform for Irish charities, community groups, clubs and associations to showcase the work that they do. You have until 6 November to submit your video. Find out more...

Other News 

The Shame of Poverty: Interview with Prof. Robert Walker
To mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), with the School of Social Work & Social Policy, TCD & All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World will host Prof. Robert Walker's keynote address on his book ‘The Shame of Poverty’ on 16 October. Find out more...

Global Citizenship Award Website launched
The Global Citizen Award is a personal development award that enables people to share their overseas volunteering experiences and help raise awareness of global issues in Ireland. The Award is free and open to all returned international volunteers. Find out more by visiting their new website...

Social Policy Conference 2015
Social Justice Ireland’s annual Social Policy Conference will take place on 24 November, in Croke Park. The conference will provide a progress index for Ireland covering the past two decades. Find out more...

EU and International News 

Conference: “Bridging Education and Science for Sustainable Development”
To celebrate the achievements of the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development and to promote the Global Action Program on ESD, the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO is hosting an international conference “Bridging Education and Science for Sustainable Development” in Daugavpils, Riga, 2-3 December. Find out more...

Latest research from the Development Education Research Centre
The latest DERC research paper ‘Supporting whole school approaches to global learning: focusing learning and mapping impact’ by Frances Hunt and Richard P. King is now available for download. Find out more...

Top Reads & Resources

Budget 2016: Overseas aid granted extra €40 million
Flanagan says additional funding shows State’s commitment to fighting global crises
Irish Times, 13 October

Budget 2016 finally halts the slide in overseas aid but much more is needed for Ireland to honour its international commitment
Dóchas gives a cautious welcome to the announcement that the Government is to increase the overseas aid budget to €640 Million in 2016.
Dóchas, 13 October

Great TED talk by Social Progress expert Michael Green, inviting us to imagine how the Global Goals and their vision for a better world can be achieved. Watch it here. 

Interesting video of  Prof. Robert Walker introducing his work that looks at the link between poverty and shame and how we frame poverty. 


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