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E-Circular 22-09-16

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 22 September 2016.

This week we have information for you about the Irish Aid Annual Grants Round 2016, our Conversation Circle on Development Education responses to Global Warming, and a Workshop for Development Education in Adult & Community settings. We also have details of events, opportunities, training, and resources from Development Perspectives, Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD), Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC), Friends of the Earth, Trócaire, Irish Aid, Comhlámh, Global Schoolroom, Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS), and Age Action Ireland. We have the latest EU & International News, job and funding opportunities, along with this week's top resources and reads.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Irish Aid Annual Grant Round 2016
The key dates for this year's Irish Aid Annual Grants Round are as follows:

  • Call for Proposals                                               06 October ‘16
  • Public Information Session                                  18 October ‘16
  • Deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest     20 October ‘16
  • Deadline for receipt of completed applications    17 November ‘16
  • Grants Committee Meeting                                 14 February ‘17

The Public Information Session will be held at 11am on Tuesday, 18 October, in the Irish Aid offices on Clonmel Street off Harcourt Street.
IDEA will be hosting a number of workshops and webinars throughout October and November to support our members in the application process. Details to follow shortly.

Conversation Circle Series:
Session 3: Development Education responses to Global Warming
Just a last reminder that IDEA’s Development Education Conversation series is starting up again this evening, 22 September, 5:30 – 7:30 at the IDEA Office. The session will be led by IDEA member Mark Kernan, a writer, commentator and part-time lecturer at UCC, and will focus on Development Education responses to Global Warming. Find out more...

Workshop for Development Education in Adult & Community Settings
Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS) and FairViews will be holding a workshop day at IDEA during the week of 3 October (date tbc), from 10 am until 3 pm at IDEA. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone working in the Adult and Community Sector (or thinking of doing so) to explore key issues, develop new skills and add some really useful methodologies to their Dev Ed Toolbox. Find out more...

Member & Partner News

Development Perspectives: Gender Equality Workshop
Development Perspectives is hosting a workshop on Gender Equality 30 September, 2-5pm, Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 as part of their #SDGchallenge. RSVP by emailing stephanie@developmentperspectives.ie.

CCAD: Special Purpose Award, Level 8 Certificate
Applications are now open for Crawford College of Art & Design, CIT: Special Purpose Award, Level 8 Certificate. Current applications are for the course starting 30 September. Deadline is 23 September. Find out more...

LASC: Wednesday Night Talk and Documentary Screening
Latin America Solidarity Centre will host their next Wednesday Talk on 28 September, 7pm, Cómhlamh office, 12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2. The event will begin with a screening of two documentaries (in Spanish with English subtitles): Detrás del TIPNIS  and Rsistencia. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with Chris O'Connell, Chairperson of LASC, who recently visited Bolivia. Find out more...

Climate Justice - An Introductory Workshop
Organised by Young Friends of the Earth and Trócaire, this workshop on Climate Justics will take place 29 September, 6.30 – 9.00pm, Comhlámh, 12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2. Registration is free but limited. Find out more...

Trócaire: Youth Group Development Education Workshops
Trócaire has an exciting new youth outreach programme for youth groups throughout Ireland, offering tailored global justice workshops to groups with a minimum of 15 young people aged 15 –25. Find out more...

Irish Aid Volunteering Fair
Irish Aid, in partnership with Comhlámh, are hosting their annual Volunteering Fair where 35 volunteer sending agencies and other organisations will have stands to showcase their overseas projects and answer your questions about the realities of volunteering and development work. This year's event will take place 01 October, 11am – 5pm, Printworks, Dublin Castle. Find out more...

Global Schoolroom: Tea for Teachers
Global Schoolroom is holding its annual Tea for Teachers celebration and fundraiser on 05 October to mark World Teachers' Day 2016. This is an opportunity to celebrate the high standards of education in Ireland, while also taking a moment to reflect on the many millions of children worldwide who do not have access to education. Find out more...

LYCS: Global Development Course
Lourdes Youth and Community Services is running a 6 day course exploring and questioning what development is, how to evaluate development, and what are some of the root causes of the many development challenges facing the world today. This will run 11 October – 13 December, Mosney Accommodation Centre and is FETAC Level 6. Find out more...

Comlámh: Trade Justice Course
Comhlámh is running its Autumn Trade Justice Course over six Thursday evenings, 6.30 – 9.00 pm, starting 13 October. Find out more... 

Age Action Ireland: Seminar On Healthy Ageing In The Global South
Age Action Ireland are running a half day seminar on Thursday, 13 October, 9am-1pm, Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2.  This will explore what healthy ageing looks like for older people in developing countries, particularly the challenges and opportunities going forward in an era of global ageing populations. Find out more...

LYCS: Waste Not Want Not Fair
LYCS' Waste Not Want Not Fair will take place Tuesday, 18 October 2016 from 12:00 to 16:00
Ballybough Community Centre - 49 Ballybough Road, Dublin. The event is part of ReUse month and will have workshops, talks and stands where you will find out ways of reusing, reusing, repairing, upcycling, recycling and donating. Find out more...

Comhlámh: Coming Home Weekend
Comhlámh's next Coming Home Weekend will take place 12 and 13 November in Glencree Peace and Reconcilation centre, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. Find out more...

Other News 

UNICEF: Report on Migrant and Refugee Children
UNICEF has released a new report, Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children, that includes comprehensive data on migrant and refugee children around the world – where they are born, where they move, and the dangers they face along the way. Find out more...

IIEA: Keynote address on United Nations Peacekeeping
The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) are hosting an event on United Nations Peacekeeping with the keynote by Hervé Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Wednesday 28 September 2016 at 12.45p.m. Find out more... 

Better Together: Video Story Competition 2016
The 2016 Better Together Video Story Competition for non-profits is now open for entries. Any charity, club or association (no matter how large or small) working in Ireland can take part by submitting a short video story. Find out more...

AkiDwA: Anniversary Conference 2016
AkiDwA will hold their 15th year anniversary conference on 29 September, Wynn's Hotel Dublin, 10:00am - 5:00pm. The theme is 'Equality then, Now and future: creating a more equal and inclusive society.' The keynote speaker is David Stanton, Minister for Equality, Immigration, and Integration. To register contact: info@akidwa.ie 

DSA Ireland: Call for Abstracts/Papers for Annual Conference
The Development Studies Association Ireland (DSA Ireland) is calling for abstracts/papers for their annual conference, 24-25 November 2016. Deadline is 30 September. Find out more...

IIEA: The Role of Education in Displacement Crises
As part of their Development Matters lecture series, co-hosted with Irish Aid, the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) are holding an event on the Role of Education in Displacement Crises, with an address by Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, on Thursday 6 October 2016 at 12.45p.m. Find out more...

Irish Charity Labs: Autumn Skill-Building Events
Irish Charity Labs is hosting a workshop on Web Writing & SEO for non-profits, 11 Oct, and an Online Advertising for Non-Profits Seminar, 08 Nov. Find out more...

Linking Schools with Communities - A European Training Seminar 
This seminar will introduce a new approach in environmental education for schools, development education and Education for Sustainable Development. It will be run by WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, 10 - 11 October 2016. Find out more...

Dublin City Council: Ireland Festival of Nations
'Ireland Festival of Nations' is a free celebration of diversity and multiculturalism for all the family to enjoy. It will take place on 15 October, in  Mountjoy Square,  1:00-5:00pm. Find out more...

World Poverty Day: 17 October
Since 1992, the United Nations has recognised the 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The National Irish 17 October Committee will be hosting an event on the day. Find out more...

Royal Irish Academy: Conference - Enfranchising Ireland? Identity, citizenship and state
The Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy in association with the Department of Justice and Equality and NUI Galway will present a conference in citizenship with contributions from classicists, historians and social scientists on 20 October 2016. Find out more...

10,000 Missing Children Campaign
Bray Refugee Solidarity group are running a campaign to get EU member states to create a cohesive, comprehensive policy for responding to and caring for unaccompanied migrant children travelling within Europe that is implemented in practice. Find out more...

EU & International News

LLLPlatform: Lifelong Learning Week
LLLPlatform's annual Lifelong Learning Week, will take place 10-13 October 2016 in Brussels. The three strands of this year's event are Learning to Live Together, 21st Century Skills, and Flexible Learning Pathways. Find out more...

Development Education Research Centre: UNESCO Research on Teacher Education
DERC has been commissioned by UNESCO to prepare a briefing paper on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education within the training of teachers. They are looking for examples of practice around the world of initiatives that bring these themes into the training of teachers and relevant literature or research. To find out more contact Doug Bourn via d.bourn@ucl.ac.uk

Launching Re.imagining Activism Toolkit
SMART CSOs have released a toolkit to complement their Re.imagining Activism guide. It contains online and offline tools such as series of introductory modules and series of workshop modules. Find out more...

The Global Green Economy Index 2016
This year's Global Green Economy Index measuring National Performance in the Green Economy has been released. Ireland’s performance results on the GGEI have declined considerably since 2014, falling from near the top ten in the last edition to the middle of the nations covered in 2016. Find out more...

Job Opportunities

Amnesty International Ireland: Human Rights Education Officer
Amnesty Ireland is looking for a Human Rights Education Officer to oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of a programme of work that contributes to the growth and development of a human rights culture in Ireland. Deadline for applications is Monday 26 September. Find out more...

Development Education Research Centre: Co-Director 
The Development Education Research Centre, the UK’s leading research centre on Development Education and related areas such as global learning, global citizenship and global education, is looking for a Co-Director. Deadline for applications is Friday, 07 October. Find out more...

Funding Opportunities

EIL Intercultural Learning: Global Citizen Award Grants
EIL Intercultural Learning wants to support your Global Citizen Award action project(s), activities or events, which will raise awareness about the people and issues you have encountered during your time overseas, by providing successful individuals and groups with grants of up to €200. Autumn Deadline is Friday 05 October. Find out more...

BAI: Media Research Funding Scheme
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is making a total of €50,000 available to suitably qualified academics, researchers and media professionals in order to carry out short-term research project(s) on a variety of themes. Deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday, 14 October. Find out more...

EU Commission: Grants for Awareness-Raising and Education Activities aimed at Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women
The EU Commission has issued a call for proposals for awareness-raising and education activities to prevent violence against women. Deadline for submission is 27 October, 12:00 (noon) CET. Find out more...

Top Resources

Case Study: Detention for Detention – silent protest in Sydney about children in detention
Over 3000+ students and staff from 40 Edmund Rice Education schools around Australia and New Zealand took voluntary lunchtime detention to stand in solidarity with children currently in immigration detention in Australia. Find out more...

This video about the Global Goals is a great resource for starting discussions about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Powerful animation of a week in the life of a young man in Mosul under so-caIled Islamic State. 

This learning tool from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research provides an E-tutorial on mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Check out this talk by Bashy Quraishy on migration, racism and Islamophobia, at an event that was co-hosted by Comhlámh and Trinity's Global Development Society. 

Top Reads

Bringing @EverydayAfrica to the Printed Page
When one thinks of Africa — and it is always Africa, never a specific country — what comes to mind are wartime scenes of starving children, kids toting machine guns and diseases like AIDS and Ebola devastating the continent. Then came Everyday Africa.
The New York Times, 20 September

UN focuses on refugees - will it be enough?

This week the centre of attention for the global refugee crisis shifts from the beaches of the Greece, the refugee camps of Jordan, the shoreline of Libya, the fatal waters of the Mediterranean and the battlefields of Syria to the riverside home of the United Nations in New York.

BBC, 19 September

'These are not wild, Bolshevik values. They are values for decent living' - President
President Michael D Higgins knows he cannot comment or speak about Government policy, but he is entitled to address issues of public concern. 
Irish Independent, 17 September

Heavy lifting: women and water
The good news is that the MDG Goal to increase the population with access to safe drinking water was met in 2012. But, the bad news is that the focus on ‘safe’ water hides a major issue. 
Developmenteducation.ie, 01 September


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