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E-Circular 29-10-15

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 29 October 2015.

This week we have information about our upcoming communications workshop, our clinic to support our members who've applied for an Irish Aid Annual Grant, and the news from our trip to the DEAR fair in Brussels with Challenging the Crisis. We also have trainings, seminars, and events from the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), the Centre for Global Education, Kimmage DSC, Dóchas, Development Perspectives, ECO-UNESCO, Irish Charity Lab, and the Development Studies Association Ireland. We have a partnership opportunity with the Emergency Logistics Team, a reminder of the funding deadline for St Patrick's Cathedral's Charitable and Community Grants scheme, as well as our top reads for the week.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie

IDEA News 

Communications Workshop
As part of the European Year for Development 2015, IDEA, Dóchas and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), are hosting a workshop for non-communications professionals and young people working on or interested in communicating about Development and Development Education issues and news. Join us on Thursday, 12 November in the IDEA offices, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1. To register or find out more contact: eimear@ideaonline.ie.

Support for IDEA members around the Annual Grants Round
Registration for eligibility for the Irish Aid Annual Grants is now closed. However, on Tuesday 3 November, 1:30 – 4:30 pm at the IDEA office, we will be holding a clinic for IDEA members, so that applicants can get together with IDEA staff to discuss specific questions arising from the application form. The application clinic is free. For more information and to register, please contact Susan@ideaonline.ie.  

Challenging the Crisis at the DEAR Fair
The first EU Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) Programme Fair took place in Brussels last Thursday and Friday, 22 & 23 October. The Challenging the Crisis team, including Young Global Advocates from Ireland, Greece, Slovenia and Portugal presented our campaign to the 180 participants who attended the event. They also accompaniedCommissioner Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, around the stands, presenting some of the projects, including the Challenging the Crisis campaign, to him and got him to sign our petition for a European Year for Social and Solidarity Economy.

Member & Partner News

Change the World’ YOUth Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals 
The Change the World YOUth Summit takes place on Thursday, 19 November in the RDS. Co-hosted by the National Youth Council of Ireland and Concern, as part of the European Year for Development, the event is open to young people aged 15 - 20 years. Find out more...  

Kimmage DSC's Course Schedule 2015
The Kimmage Open & Distance Education (KODE) schedule is available online, offering a range of short, distance education courses to development workers on issues such as Child Protection in Development Practice, Understanding & Addressing GBV, Project Management & Governance & Accountability. Find out more...

Design Week 2015
PIVOT Dublin and the Design Week Team are launching Design Week 2015 on Tuesday, 3 November, in the Hugh Lane Gallery, 18.30 – 20.00. This year, Design Week has joined Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations, as part of the European Year for Development to highlight the role design plays in enabling happy, healthy and dignified lives. Find out more...

Latest from the Centre for Global Education
Issue 21 of Policy and Practice now available online: 
the latest issue of the Centre for Global Education's bi-annual, open access, peer reviewed journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review on the topic of Development Education and Climate Change has just been published online. Find out more...

Good Practice Tips to Planning an Action Outcome in Development Education: offers tips to consider when planning action outcomes as part of an educational activity. They come from discussions during a workshop on ‘Development Education, Activism and Social Change’ held in Dublin on 23 September. Find out more...

Are We Changing The World? Development Education, Activism And Social Change: the full report from the September workshop supports reflection and debate on how development educators engage the public on international development issues. Find out more...

ECO-UNESCO is offering a wide range of programmes and services including Environmental Youth Programmes, Environmental Workshops, ECO-UNESCO Clubs, ECO-Youth Choices Programme and Youth for Sustainable Development Programme. Find out more...

Call for Policy Briefs
DSA Ireland are launching a new online publication DSA Ireland Policy Briefs, to showcase discussions of policy implications and recommendations. Digests will be disseminated to government policy makers and other stakeholders involved in making or influencing policy. Find out more via wps@dsaireland.org

Development Perspectives: Theatre of the Oppressed
If you haven't already, check out Development Perspectives Theatre of the Oppressed performances taking place this week to explore issues of inequality. Find out more...

The 2015 Better Together Video Competition 
Don't forget that Irish charities, community groups, clubs and associations have until the 6 November to submit your video to the Better Together Competition and showcase the work that you do. Find out more...

Other News 

Partnership opportunity with the Emergency Logistics Team 
'The Emergency Logistics Team (ELT), is setting out to develop and deliver
a suite of Humanitarian & Emergency Logistics (H&EL) training programs which will work with schools, adult education and third level institutions. They are looking to partner with Development Education organisations who see benefit in these training modules and who wish to trial them in schools and colleges throughout Ireland. Find out more via info@emergencylogisticsteam.com.

Irish Charity Lab Workshop: Improving Your Charity's Emails
Join email expert Adrian O'Flynn and digital communications expert Jean O'Brien, on 9 November, to learn how to make the most of your email lists, and to keep up with best practice for creating effective emails. Find out more...

EU and International News 

International Civil Society Week 2016 
CIVICUS and CCONG, the Colombian national platform of NGOs,have just announced that they will co-host International Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2016 in Bogotá, Colombia from 25-28 April. ICSW 2016 will feature dozens of events organised by leading civil society organisations and focus on the theme of “Active Citizens, Accountable Actions.”  Find out more...

COP21: Paris 2015
This year France is hosting the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), from 30 November to 11 December. COP21 is a crucial conference, with a mandate to achieve a new international climate agreement, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. Find out more...

Funding Opportunities

Deadline for St Patrick's Cathedral Grants Scheme

The deadline for St Patrick's Cathedral's Charitable and Community Grants scheme is approaching. The last date for receipt of applications (by post or email) is Friday, 6 November at 5pm. Apply here or email
community@stpatrickscathedral.ie for an editable MS Word version.

Top Reads & Resources

Indian summers: Irish teacher-training on the subcontinent
Irish charity Global Schoolroom, founded by an Irish couple, is improving the quality of education in northeast India as Irish volunteers train their Indian counterparts.
Irish Times, 27 October

Afghanistan's female marathon runner defies danger to go the distance
The sole Afghan woman who took part in the Bamiyan race hopes others follow in her footsteps despite expectations that girls forgo sport and stay indoors.
The Guardian, 28 October


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