What We Do

Challenging the Crisis

Challenging the Crisis – Promoting Global Justice and Citizens’ Engagement in a Time of Uncertainty’ was a 3-year DEAR project led by the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) with partners in 5 other countries from 2013-2016. Partners in the EU countries worst affected by the financial crisis - Ireland, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Slovenia - aimed to contribute to a more just and sustainable world by using Development Education Awareness Raising to empower our citizens as global development advocates.

We developed a network of approximately 100 young global advocates  to work as multipliers together between the countries, to develop a global justice perspective on the ‘Crisis’, show the value of responding jointly to the financial crisis by seeking alternatives, and to re-engage with the idea of Europe acting in solidarity to overcome challenges on a global level. The young people led a campaign and identified the topic of ‘Social and Solidarity Economy’ as what they wished to focus on. They saw it as an alternative to the damaging economic system affecting people in our countries and globally and created an awareness-raising campaign towards other young people, political representatives, NGO/CSOs and media.

The result of the campaign was that the Young Global Advocates successfully lobbied a group of MEPs to launch a Written Declaration in the European Parliament to make 2018 the EU Year of Social and Solidarity Economy. 

During the project a range of material was developed including:


Challenging the Crisis – Promoting citizens’ engagement in a time of uncertainty is a project co-financed by the european union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of IDEA and its project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.


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.