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E-Circular 19-02-14

Dear Members,

We hope you managed to stay battened down during the recent stormy weather. For the first time it seems even politicians are calling for action on climate change. Too little too late? What do you think? Don’t forget to let your new local election candidates know…

It is Membership renewals time! Don’t forget to get your applications and fees in to Heidi soon.


Do young people care about the world? We want to find out! IDEA’s Challenging the Crisis project is launching a Public Opinion Survey to understand how young people feel about social justice and global development issues. Please share it FAR AND WIDE! The more respondents we get the more useful this information will be to us all. Read more…
IDEA held a successful first meeting of the Governance Pilot Project- more news on the activities of this group as the project proceeds.
Frank will be representing IDEA and DEEEP at the CIvicus/UN event next week in Istanbul on Public Mobilisation On Post-2015 process and we’ll hear from him on it in the next e-circular.

Members’ News

IDEA members EIL were featured on the Newstalk programme Global Village in a discussion on the foreign policy on Feb 15th. Skip to 28 mins to catch a discussion with Hans Zomer just before. Inspiring Global Citizenship- well done! EIL are currently inviting applications for their Global Awareness Programme, an exciting training, volunteering and awareness raising project focusing on two areas: HIV/AIDS and the Environment. Deadline 5th March.
The Art of Change Making, Amsterdam. A 10 day collaborative learning experience connecting head, hands and heart and is hosted by the Knowmads and the Amsterdam University of Applied Science with the partners including IDEA members CIT Crawford College of Art. See www.theartofchangemaking.com

The Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, St Patrick's College, in partnership with Trócaire, invite you to a Book launch takes place on World Book Day, Thursday 6 March 2014, in B103, St.Patrick's College at 6.30 pm.  RSVP elaine.davis@spd.dcu.ie by Feb 28th  Fascinating books include:

Farid’s Rickshaw Ride: A children’s storybook exploring global connections.
Just Children 2: A teaching resource for integrating critical literacy and global citizenship education across the curriculum.
Children’s Global Thinking: A research report on children’s engagement with critical literacy and global citizenship education.

19th and 20th Feb: UNIDEV Open Lecture Series at Kimmage Development Studies Centre. Stella Maranga, Gender and Governance Advisor at UN Women, Kenya; and Silas Siakor, Sustainable Development Institute, Liberia. See attached PDF.
Urgent! Volunteer needed in Kosovo from February 2014. VSI is offering an exciting, fully funded EVS volunteer vacancy with our partner organisation in Kosovo. The placement runs until 30 November 2014. Volunteers must be 18-30 years old. If you have questions or to apply with your CV and one-page motivation letter contact: Helen in VSI: helen@vsi.ie
VMM invite applicants for their course, 'The World's Your Oyster' beginning on Thursday 3rd April, 2014, 6pm to 8pm. Running for 10 consecutive Thursdays. At the Irish Aid Volunteering Centre, Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin. Contact eugene@vmminternational.org   www.vmminternational.org

In Dublin? Confused about what to see at JDIFF? LASC very kindly put together a selection of LA films for your ease!

Thursday 20th at 8.00 - ELIZA LYNCH [Ireland] Cineworld 12

Friday 21st at 8.30 - THE GOLDEN DREAM [Mexico/Spain] Light House 1

Saturday 22nd at 4.00 - BAD HAIR [Venezuela] Light House 3

Sunday 23rd at 3.00 - CLUB SANDWICH [Mexico] Cineworld 8

EU News

DEEEP are facilitating the development of a Global Citizenship Education Target for the successor programme to the current Millennium-Development Goals. They will work with many experts worldwide in the next months to develop a concrete target proposal. If you are interested in joining this common development process, please contact Maarten, the DEEEP advocacy officer, as soon as possible. The process will end at the Conference on Global Citizenship Education in June 24-25 in Brussels. www.deeep.org


DICE Project seeks Researcher / Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant. Deadline 5th March. The researcher will be required to: a)  produce a briefing paper on the feasibility of developing a shared evaluation tool that could be used across the five colleges of education to: capture data on the learning outcomes and overall impact of the DICE project among key target groups in each of the colleges; enhance and share learning; inform project revisions; and feed into the project’s performance management framework. b) develop this evaluation tool if considered feasible. Full details available at: http://www.diceproject.ie  Enquiries and proposals to: siobhan.sleeman@dcu.ie. 

Working with Youth? You might be interested in Erasmus+ funding. Léargas will host two morning workshops in Dublin to brief potential applicants on the structure and content of the online application process- next is Wednesday 26th February (10am to 1pm). Email Deirdre O’Brien dobrien@leargas.ie Closing dates for funding in 2014 are:

17 March at 12 noon Central European Time (11am Ireland) for projects starting between 17 June and 31 December 2014

30 April at 12 noon CET (11am Ireland) for projects starting between 1 August and 28 February

01 October at 12 noon CET for projects starting between 1 January and 30 September

Claiming Our Future is planning to develop a ‘Declaration for a New Republic’. They are inviting organisations, campaigns, communities and individuals to meetings to explore what this might look like. Events are planned in Galway City on March 19, 5.30pm, in Dublin on March 29, 10.30am-12.30pm and in Cork in April (date tbc). For more email nina@claimingourfuture.ie and see www.claimingourfuture.ie

All Together in Dignity - ATD Fourth World Ireland Editors team are seeking an Irish contributor to their next issue of  "Revue Quart Monde" n° 230 ( 2nd quarter  2014) They would welcome a paper from Irish author/organisation addressing/explaining « The Great Famine » and its impact on today's Irish commitments in development, hunger and poverty issues. Release date : May-June 2014 Deadline for submissions : 1st of April 2014 Email Pierre Klein of ATD 4th World: pfklein@atd-fourthworld.org

Attached (PDF) is the first research paper to emerge from the Global Learning Programme for England. The purpose of the paper is to stimulate discussion and debate about how the principles and concepts behind development education and global learning are applied within formal education. A Conference, Global Learning in Schools, will take place at the Institute of Education on Monday 12th May. Enquiries to g.benton@ioe.ac.uk

Sad news about Ireland’s entry to the European Tree of the Year- it was felled by the recent storms. However, you CAN STILL VOTE FOR IT in the competition here.

Inspiration for this Fortnight

“It forces the viewers to make their own ethical considerations on how images of conflict are made”. Artist Richard Mosse and his collaborators produced this multimedia exhibition on life in the DRC. The Enclave is in the RHA now and in Limerick from 25 Mar- 5 May. Here is the artist interviewed on RTE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbSDv-5v_x4

“I am a Ukrainian” video; provoking considering what has happened in the days since it was made:


“It is not surprising that Bosnians are angry. Eighteen years after the end of the war the people are poor, the politicians are rich and corruption is rife.” http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21596572-latest-troubles-bosnia-may-wake-up-countrys-inept-leaders-fire

Finally… for Data Visualisation junkies!



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.