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E-Circular 28-01-16

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 28 January 2016.

This week we have updates for you on the IDEA Strategy 2016-2018 and on the latest work in Brussels by our Young Global Advocates with the Challenging the Crisis Campaign. We also have details of opportunities, training, and resources from the Centre for Global Education, Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS), Suas Educational Development, Kimmage DSC and Comhlámh, UCDVO, Trócaire, Concern Worldwide, EIL Intercultural Learning, Development Perspectives, and Trinity International Development Initiative. We also have the latest in EU and International News, along with the latest top reads and resources.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


IDEA Strategy 2016-2018

Thank you to all IDEA members who contributed to our recent consultation on the IDEA Strategy for 2016 - 2018 either via our consultation meeting or by email. The input and engagement of members with developing our shared network strategy is essential to ensuring the success of IDEA's work in the coming years. We will finalise and share the Strategy with our members shortly.

Challenging the Crisis News

Our Young Global Advocates from the Challenging the Crisis project will be presenting our campaign on Social and Solidarity Economy in the European Parliament in Brussels, at the first ever European Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy (http://efsse.org/). This is a unique opportunity for our YGAs to demonstrate Development Education in action and showcase the Challenging the Crisis campaign to policy makers and Social and Solidarity Economy actors from across the member states. To show your support for our work please remember to sign our petition calling for a European Year of Social and Solidarity Economy here.

Member & Partner News

Global Learning opportunity for schools

Schools across Northern Ireland can bring education for a fair and sustainable world into their classrooms by getting involved in the Global Learning Programme (GLP) run by the Centre for Global Education, this term. Find out more...

Training on understanding issues affecting women everywhere

This free training from Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS) will introduce women community workers, activists and educators to global development issues and how they impact women, to build their understanding of the links between local and global issues and develop their capacity to take action around the issues. Find out more... 

Global Citizenship in Higher Education conference

Suas Educational Development, Campus Engage, Kimmage DSC and Comhlámh are organising a Global Citizenship in Higher Education conference, Tuesday, 23 February, to bring together students, student societies, academics, civic engagement staff, student unions and NGOs and all those who are interested in promoting Global Citizenship in higher education. Find out more... 

Development Perspectives Insight 2016 Programme

Applications are now open for Development Perspectives Insight 2016 educational programme for adults who want to learn more about the world around them and who want to make the world a fairer, more just, sustainable place. Deadline 12 February. Find out more...

UCDVO Development Film Series 2016

The UCDVO Development Film Series will take place in the UCD Student Centre Cinema in February 2016. Films are being screened every Monday at 6pm, starting 1 February until 29 February. Find out more... 

Volunteer with EILExplore's Global Awareness Programme

EILExplore's Global Awareness Programme (GAP) in partnership with the Global Citizen Award are offering the opportunity to volunteer for 8 weeks in a global goals-based project on an Quality Education, Good Health, Gender Equality or Life on Land placement in Thailand, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala or South Africa. Deadline 09 February. Find out more... 

Trócaire: Youth Group Development Education Workshops

From this January, Trócaire is offering free tailored global justice workshops to groups throughout Ireland with a minimum of 15 young people aged 15 –25. Find out more... 

Other News

Launch of the Robin Hood Tax Campaign

The Robin Hood Tax Campaign, launched on 26 January is calling on the Irish Government to introduce a financial transactions tax.The campaign is facilitated by Claiming Our Future and already supported by a coalition of over 40 leading civil society organisations (http://www.robinhoodtax.ie/coalition) . If you or your organisation is interested in lending your support to the campaign find out more...

Course on Theories of Race and Ethnicity: An Introduction

This evening course, in Trinity College Dublin, started last week and costs €175, but owing to a number of last minute drop outs there are some places available at a reduced rate.The course is particularly suited to public sector and NGO employees. Find out more...

TIDI Seminar: The Rise in Global Inequality

Documentary film maker Peadar King will be speaking about the rise in global inequality as depicted his What in the World? documentary series, currently being broadcast on RTE 1 at a seminar hosted by Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI). The event will take place 11 March, 13:00 – 14:00, in the Global  Room, Trinity College Dublin. Find out more... 

EU & International News

Global Citizenship and Youth Participation in Europe Report

As part of the Schools for Future Youth Project, a major report has just been published on the importance and relevance of a youth participatory approach to global citizenship education in Europe. Find out more...

Security still prevails in EU migration policies

The CONCORD Migration Task Force has launched its new Spotlight Report on Migration and Development, Coherence for Migration and Security - And what about Development? Find out more... 

Top Reads & Resources

Ireland is complicit in raising global inequality

Corporate tax regime allows global giants to avoid paying their fair share.

Irish Times, 25 January

How Ireland helps spread inequality at home and away

That Ireland is an increasingly unequal society is probably not news to most people. What may be less well-known is the role Ireland plays in facilitating the rise of global inequality.

Dublin Inquirer, 19 January

Landscapes and Milestones on the Journey towards a Post-2015 Climate Change Agenda and How Development Education can Reframe the Agenda

After overviewing the global climate change threat, Fumiyo Kagawa and David Selby identify elements that would comprise comprehensive climate change education of transformative intent.

Development Education Review, Autumn 2015

Check out this new report from Schools for Future Youth outlines how young people want to engage in learning & taking action on global issues.

If, after the recent floods, you're looking to explain how Ireland is being impacted by climate change, this video from Trócaire is a great resource.


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.