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E-Circular 16-07-15

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 16 July 2015.

This week we have the latest from our Challenging the Crisis Campaign. We also have a new website from the Global Learning Initiative, a workshop for Community facilitators on the Banking Crisis from Debt and Development Coalition, and a list of training dates and workshops form Lourdes Youth & Community Services and ALâ Participatory Theatre Group. We have the latest reports from CIVICUS on the State of Civil Society, DEEEP on the global conferences 'Towards a World Citizens Movement' and Irish Aid's Annual Report, surveys on the online resource Econowha? and Irish Non Profit Pay and Benefits, a job opportunity from Trócaire, funding opportunities from the ESB's Energy for Generations Community Fund and the Dormant Accounts Fund, and news about Concern's DE Grants scheme, along with some great reads and resources.

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The Latest from Challenging the Crisis
The Challenging the Crisis Campaign is now well underway with campaign launches in Slovenia, Portugal and Spain in recent weeks. The Irish Young Global Advocates have also been busy with a trip to Cloughjordan Ecovillage where they got to experience Social and Solidarity Economy in action. Find out more... 

A People’s Economy: A discussion on the Social & Solidarity Economy
The Challenging the Crisis Young Global Advocates will be speaking at an event on Social and Solidarity Economy in The Connolly Hall, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, on 25 July, 10:00 am - 13:30 pm. They will be joining Lynn Boylan MEP, and representatives from the Irish Social Enterprise Network, Third Sector Advisors, Camara, and Ráth Mór Creggan Enterprises. Entry is free. Register on the day.

Member & Partner News

New website for the Global Learning Programme
The website for the Global Learning Programme (GLP) in Northern Ireland is now live. This great new resource provides teachers and interested parties with everything they need to know about the project. Find out more...  

Workshop for Community Facilitators on the Irish Banking Crisis
The Spectacle of Defiance and Hope and Debt and Development Coalition have organised a workshop for community facilitators
on 22 July, to explain how to deliver 'The Irish Banking Crisis - What Happened?' workshop. Find out more... 

Econowha? User Survey
Debt and Development Coalition Ireland are reviewing and developing their online critical economic literacy resource Econowha? If you have used this resource they would welcome your feedback. Find out more... 

LYCS Development Education Training Dates Sep 2015-Mar 2016
Lourdes Youth & Community Services, the Dublin based community development project providing free training for community workers, funded by Irish Aid, to explore issues relevant to the community from local and global perspectives has just posted a list of their upcoming training schedule. Find out more...

CIVICUS: State of Civil Society Report
CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation has just released its State of Civil Society Report 2015, providing a comprehensive `year in review’ of civil society and the conditions it works in around the world. It includes articles by two speakers who visited IDEA recently, Amitabh Behar and CIVICUS Secretary General Danny Sriskandarajah. Find out more...

Reflections on Development Education, Action and Social Change
The Centre for Global Education has just published a new thinkpiece to support reflection and debate on how development educators engage the public on international development issues. Find out more... 

Irish Non Profit Pay and Benefits Survey 2015
The Community Foundation of Ireland, The Wheel, Fundraising Ireland and Dóchas have designed a survey to develop a comprehensive overview of pay and benefits in the non profit sector. Responses needed by 29 July. Find out more... 

Irish Aid Annual Report
Irish Aid's annual report was launched by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, and Minister of State for Development, Seán Sherlock in Iveagh House on 8 July.‌ Find out more...

EU & International News

Paper: The Road beyond Tunis
Between 2013 and 2015, three global conferences “Towards a World Citizens Movement” were organised by CONCORD Europe through the DEEEP project, in partnership with CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation), GCAP (Global Call for Action against Poverty) and World Democracy Forum (former FnWG). This new paper outlines the learnings from these conferences which brought together 600 activists, involved with social movements and civil society organisations from all regions of the world. Find out more...

DEEEP Evaluation Survey
F3E and Educasol supported by DEEEP, are currently conducting a study focusing on evaluation in DEAR actions. They are looking for your input to better understand the evaluation situation at a European level. Find out more... 

Communication Seminar for the Development Sector
Just a reminder that if you want to attend CONCORD's seminar in Brussels on 13 & 14 October on transformative communication for the development sector the deadline for application is 21 July. Find out more...

Other News

Erasmus+ Training on 'Equal Life Chances for Youth!’
There are free places available for 2 Irish participants on an Erasmus+ training course for youth & community workers (paid or voluntary workers/activists) who want to understand, build and support activism on issues of economic equality. This six day residential seminar will be held in Wexford from 1-8 August. To find out more contact Deirdre at: dquinlan6@gmail.com.

Youth Work Ireland's National Consensus Conference
Youth Work Ireland's National Consensus Conference on Youth Participation, the Hear Us Now Consensus Conference 2015, will take place on Saturday, 3 October in Dublin Castle. Find out more...

ALâ Participatory Theatre Galway
ALâ the 2015 ANOTAS award winner for excellence in community education, will be running a series of weekly workshops every Wednesday, from September to June, from 7.30pm to 10.00pm.

It will also be running its Theatre of the Oppressed, Forum Theatre Facilitation Skills Training Course, during September. This is aimed at anyone in the social justice, community, youth and therapists who are interested in Drama as a way of building community capacity. Find out more...

Funding & Tender Opportunities

Concern Development Education Grants Scheme
Arising out of recommendations made in the 2014 review of the Concern Development Education (DE) Grants Scheme, rather than issuing a general call for DE proposals in 2015/16, Concern will be contacting identified organisations and groups working in DE before the end of July 2015 with an invitation to submit proposals. Find out more... 

Call for Applications to ESB's Energy for Generations Community Fund
ESB is calling on not-for-profit organisations and charities, as well as community and voluntary organisations to apply for funding through their Energy for Generations programme. The fund supports projects in the areas of education, suicide prevention, and homeless. Find out more...

€5 Million Dormant Accounts Fund Announced
Just a reminder that the deadline for application is 22 July, 12:00pm. Five million euro from the Dormant Accounts Fund is being made available, via Pobal, to provide a range of supports for disadvantaged groups and local communities. Find out more...

Job Opportunities

Trócaire: Youth Education Officer
Trócaire is looking for a Youth Education Officer to work as part of their Development Education Unit (DEU). The aim of the role is to cultivate and deepen Trócaire's existing programme of work in the non-formal education sector in Ireland and to lead a cross-functional initiative to ensure that all forms of Trócaire’s engagement with young people are coordinated and youth-informed. Deadline is 24 July. Find out more... 

Top Reads & Resources

FFD: Outsourcing Multilateralism?
We need a new global movement – which is able to see the profound interconnections between the different struggles we are facing.
Charity and Justice, 13 July

17 ways education influences the new 17 global goals
Education is essential to the success of every one of the 17 new sustainable development goals.
Global Partnership for Education, 12 July

Who really benefits from celebrity activism?
Ahead of the 30th anniversary of Geldof and Bono’s Live Aid, The Conversation asks whether star backers cause damage by oversimplifying the politics of power
The Guardian, 10 July

Materials: Trócaire's Climate Justice Conference
All of the videos from Trócaire's conference Meeting the Challenge of Climate Justice: From Evidence to Action are now available online along with the photographs, presentations, key quotes, illustrations, social media conversations, speaker biographies, and blogs.

New Directory of Retreat Centres
This resource, compiled by social campaigner, founder of SpunOut.ie and member of the Council of State Ruairí McKiernan, is aimed at encouraging community workers, campaigners, carers, and organisational leaders to invest more in self-care and avoid stress and burn out.


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