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 IDEA from 2013-2016. We partnered with organisations in the other EU countries worst affected by the financial crisis - Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Slovenia – with the aim of using Development Education Awareness Raising to empower global development advocates.

We developed a network of approximately 100 young global advocates across the 6 countries, who worked together to develop a global justice perspective on the ‘Crisis’. The project demonstrated the value of responding jointly to the financial crisis, of seeking viable economic alternatives, and of re-engaging with the idea of Europeans acting in solidarity to overcome challenges on a global level.

These young people came together at a Global Youth Forum where they chose the topic of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) as the focus for their campaign. They saw SSE as an alternative to the economic approach that had led to the crisis and created an awareness-raising campaign, targeting other young people, political representatives, NGO/CSOs and the 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.