What We Do

E-Circular 22-01-14

Dear Members,

Many important notices for your attention this week! Thank you to everyone who filled in the IDEA Members’ Survey- this is a crucial tool in IDEA’s efforts to improve our services to you, so please if you have not filled it in, do so immediately- here. Well done to all our members who completed their applications to Irish Aid for funding. We hope that IDEA’s supports to you were helpful. Date for your Diary: IDEA’s AGM will take place on Thursday the 12th of June and our Annual Conference will take place the following day, Friday 13th June! No, we’re not superstitious…


Welcome to new members:

•             Irish Jesuit Mission Office
•             Show Racism the Red Card
•             Carraig Dulra
•             Tear Fund

Good Governance Project

Following on from our successful pilot in 2013, IDEA is pleased to launch its Good Governance project for 2014.  This intervention aims to strengthen the capacity of IDEA members across a range of governance issues, including improvements to board and governance structures, the adoption of appropriate policies and procedures, better financial reporting, and increased transparency.  The group will meet regularly throughout the year (a blend of face-to-face and online meetings) to participate in training and to access peer support.  The goal is to have all participating organisations achieve full compliance with the Governance Code by December 2014.  The first meeting will be held in February in Dublin on either 10th, 18th, or 19th February .  If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact Susan by Friday 31 January and also indicate your availability for the first meeting at http://doodle.com/p6nn7f4f8ftvdn8m.   Participation in this project will be limited to 10 organisations, so don’t delay in signing up. 

Call for Young Global Advocates!

Join IDEA’s Irish Network of Young Global Advocates and shape the future YOU want. As part of our Challenging the Crisis programme, IDEA is seeking to build a network of young people who want to learn how to be an advocate for justice, locally and globally. Applicants need to be between 18 and 30 years old. Please share with your networks! Deadline 7th Feb. Read more….

The latest issue of INDEX magazine is out!

The issue is titled Austerity- A Development Education Response and features contributions from Benjamin Mallon, Oxfam, Fiona Dunne (ICTU), 80:20 and a review of VAA’s Transition Year Module. You can view the e-zine on our website here. This is the first IDEA-produced issue of INDEX, which was previously published by Comhlámh. Credits to previous Communications Officer, Siobhan Sleeman and the Editorial Group, who oversaw this issue!

Tuesday 11 February, 11:00 – 12:30 Webinar on Choosing and Using Data Collection Tools
This webinar aims to build skills in choosing and using the most effective tools to measure progress towards your stated outcomes.   Alasdhair Collins and Dörthe Pommerening of dp evaluation (See  http://www.dpevaluation.co.uk/index.htm ) will introduce us to data collection tools suitable for a range of contexts, and guide us through their use.  The webinar is FREE but you must register by Friday 7 February with Susan.  For all of you who have spent precious time constructing a good Results Framework:  This webinar will ensure that you have the skills to collect the data that you need to ‘prove’ your outcomes!

Members Activities:

6th Feb: Skills in Development Education. This course will equip participants with the skills and methodologies to work effectively with groups on global development and social justice issue in a friendly, informal group environment. By Comhlámh. Read more…
Have 5 minutes to spare? Please take IDEA Member VAA’s survey “Katu-Honey Packaging Design Survey”. Your feedback goes to help a Ugandan social enterprise producing honey. Take the survey.
Kerry One World Centre (KOWC),  aims to promote active global citizenship. KOWC offers returned volunteers now home in Kerry a forum for sharing their experiences/ideas at a local level. KOWC believes that returned development workers have a lot to offer Development Education. Former NGDO volunteers are welcome to participate in KOWC activities, e.g. centre management, planning committees, public events, outreach education projects, etc.  where through relevant KOWC activities, they can also continue to inform people locally about the NGDO with which they volunteered. Contact KOWC by emailing  resources@kade.ie

Learning Opportunities

28th Jan, Dublin: Generating Income Through Collaborative Fundraising, a half-day workshop with the Wheel. Read more…
5th Feb, Dublin: Communicate Your Cause Clearly, a half-day workshop with the Wheel. Read More…
University of Ulster’s MSc. in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies is open for applications. Email or call Dr. Stephen Ryan (Course Director) at s.ryan@ulster.ac.uk  or +44(0)28 7137 5246.Visit the programme website here.

Recommended Reading

IDEA member Audrey Bryan has published an article in the recent edition of the International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning. Entitled "The Impulse to Help", the paper explores the ‘new’ development advocacy in an Irish context. The article stresses the need for alternative development discourses that open up – rather than close down – possibilities for a deeper engagement with difficult questions of individual and collective responsibility, and with what it means to ‘take action’ in response to global problems or to engage with the suffering of Others. See attached.
What do young people think of development?: An exploration into the meanings young people make from NGO media. Rachel Alexa Margaret Tallon, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences · Te Kura Tatāi Aro Whenua (NZ). “The twin goals of education and fundraising present certain difficulties for NGOs who view developed world schools as a key site for awareness-raising for both their brand and global issues of injustice. Critics are concerned that when representation is aligned directly and simplistically with charity, powerful messages are signalled to the viewers. The nature and impact of these messages are yet to be fully understood as there is little empirical evidence of how young people receive and interpret NGO media. This research directly addresses this gap.” Read more…

Funding Opportunities

Find out about Erasmus+ the new EU funding programme focusing on education, training, mobility and youth. The Youth in Action Programme, managed by Léargas will now be a part of this new larger programme, Erasmus+. Léargas will be informing everyone about opportunities within the new programme this year. Read more… about information sessions.

Job news

Age Action Ireland are seeking an Intercultural Project Officer  to implement, manage and deliver a new intercultural project regarding the promotion of interculturalism in residential care settings for older people in the north Dublin region. Applications by letter, CV and three referees by email to: recruitment@ageaction.ie post to 30/31 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2 by 5pm on Monday 27th January 2014. Further details: www.ageaction.ie . Informal enquiries are welcome to Keelin McCarthy, Manager of the Lifelong Learning Programme on 01 4756989.

Inspiration from this Fortnight

A campaign from NGO Water is Life- attempting to kill the popular but insensitive hashtag #firstworldproblems


The End of Human Rights? A searing critique:


Kind Regards,



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.