What We Do


Building new partnerships for Development Education is a key priority for IDEA. To ensure we effectively address the current challenges both within and outside the sector, Development Educators work in partnership with each other and with those in other sectors. 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have highlighted the need to break down silos, draw on each other’s strengths and maximise the benefits of working together. The issues highlighted by the 17 Goals are interdependent and multi-stakeholder partnerships are the only way of ensuring they can be successfully tackled.

Working in Partnership Toolkit

To support the Development Education Sector to work in partnership both within and with those outside the sector we have developed a toolkit:

Bridge 47: Building Global Citizenship

IDEA is a partner in a three-year European Commission-funded partnership project entitled Bridge 47: Building Global Citizenship, running 2018-2020. Our work is focusing on three types of partnerships that can extend awareness and understanding of Development Education practice and impact, while demonstrating the role of partnerships in delivering the SDGs. These are (a) Knowledge exchange partnerships (b) Advocacy partnerships, and (c) Exploratory partnerships.  As well as this being an example of partnership in action, IDEA is the leading on the Partnership strand of the project and our work in this area is building partnerships for Development Education both nationally and at a European level. 

In 2018, Bridge 47 partnerships team worked with external expertise on our tone of voice in order to support our work around developing external partnerships. This resource offers guidance on general tone of voice work for civil society groups interested in participating in a similar process. You can download the Tone of Voice for Bridge 47 Partnerships Guide here

You can also find out more about our work and Bridge 47 here


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.