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‘Poverty of Opportunity: Education as a Pathway to a Better Future’

To mark the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Monday 23rd October, Misean Cara will host a panel discussion on education as empowerment. The panel will cover topics including education as empowerment; girls’ education; all girls access to education in Ghana; poverty of opportunity; girls asserting their right to education; and poverty as an exacerbating factor. Overall, the global context of girls’ education will be considered.

Date: 23 October 2017

Time: 9.30 – 12.00 with registration from 8.30

Wood Quay Venue.

SDGChallenge Workshop - Goal 2 - Zero Hunger:

While there is enough food in the world to feed everyone, 795 million people do not have enough to lead a healthy active lifestyle. Join us to discuss further this issue and possible actions which we can all take to contribute. Register today here

Date: 7 November

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Location: GIYHQ, Farronshoneen, Dunmore Road, Waterford

Plan International Vietnam Cycle 2018, Information Evening 

‘Because I am a Girl’ is Plan International’s global campaign to create a world that values girls, promotes girls' rights and ends injustice. This amazing 10 day trip includes 5 days of cycling through the remote and beautiful Ha Giang province in the north of Vietnam, as well as visits to Plan’s projects in the area – giving you a chance to see the impact of your fundraising first hand. The fundraising target for this trip is €3,750, which includes all your flights, accommodation, bikes and guides. We will be on hand every step of the way to help you reach this target, from offering tips and ideas, to providing collection buckets and posters. We will host an information evening on Wednesday 8th November at 6.30pm in our office on 11 Harrington St. If you would like attend please register at this link. The deadline to sign up for the challenge is 10th January 2018.If you have any queries, or would like more information please let me know. We would be delighted to have you on board for what promises to be the trip of a lifetime.

8 November 2017

Time: 18:30

Location: 11 Harrington Street 

DSA Ireland Annual Conference 2017: "Development through Rights: Theory, Policy and Practice in a Changing International Context”

The Development Studies Association Ireland (DSA Ireland) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts/papers for our annual conference, to take place on 23-24 November 2017. The last two years have been a pivotal time in the field of international development. The Sustainable Development Goals have been adopted, while the Brexit vote and the emergence of Trumpism in the United States will have substantial impacts on the international development context. At a time when xenophobia and anti-migrant populism are in the ascendant and support for multilateralism and non-discrimination are in decline, how can we protect and sustain the long struggle for rights based approaches to development? What guidance can the concept of human rights offer international development practitioners, policy makers and theorists in this new, more challenging, environment? The 2017 Development Studies Association of Ireland annual conference will address these issues. In particular it will focus on:

What are the possibilities of using human rights treaties, agreements and other instruments to combat discriminatory practices, policies, attitudes and processes?

How can rights based approach tackle the root causes of poverty and support a more equitable distribution of wealth and power?

How can rights based approach contribute to humanitarian and conflict affected states to improve safety of populations and sustainability of interventions?

How can the international development community globally mobilise to forward a progressive human rights agenda?

What are the appropriate roles of different types of rights in promoting human flourishing? Examples of these might include the relative role of land and property rights versus rights to subsistence.

What new social conditions are emerging such as internet access that threaten the protection of rights such as freedom of information, expression and assembly, and how should these be addressed?

What are the political, economic, and social blockages to the realisation and actualisation of rights and how do the concepts of political, economic and social rights play a role in the realisation of human rights?

What is the evidence from the field of rights based programming to promote development?

Are rights an appropriate framework through which to view global developmental challenges or are they a potentially colonizing world view which may occlude indigenous perspectives and practices?

We are calling for abstracts/papers from established researchers, early career researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, and post-graduate students addressing these and related topics. Submissions may take the form of research findings, evaluations of programmes and projects, lessons from the field, or other forms of systematic learning on development issues. Submissions are most welcome from both researchers based in institutions of higher education and/or other research institutes and development practitioners working in the sector. The conference will include plenary sessions with panels of invited international and national speakers.  Abstracts will be considered for oral presentations, as part of conference panels. Abstracts must not exceed 300 words and need to be submitted by e-mail to: Further information about the programme, registration and speakers will be posted on the website:

Date: 23 and 24 November 2017

Location: Education & Research Centre, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W

Migrant Family Reunification Policy and Practice Conference

This full day conference will provide an opportunity to exchange information on family reunification schemes, in Ireland and abroad. Speakers from OECD, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration will provide international context. Drawing on the findings of a recently published European Migration Network study, the family reunification policy frameworks operational elsewhere in the EU will be discussed and compared. Insights on the family reunification system operational in Ireland will be provided by the responsible authorities as well as I/NGOs working in the field. For further information, please click here

Date: 27 November 2017

Venue: No. 6 Kildare Street, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin 2.

Evening Courses at Kimmage Development Studies Centre

Kimmage DSC is offering a growing number of evening courses, with a range of five Foundation Level and MA Module evening courses on offer. These courses are aimed both at those new to development and practitioners in the sector. Courses include ‘Understanding Development’, ‘Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies’, and ‘Introduction to Public Health in Emergencies’. Further details are available here. For those interested in other professional training opportunities, Kimmage DSC also offers a number of tutor supported online short training courses aimed at busy professionals. The full schedule of upcoming online courses is available here.

Kimmage Open and Distance Education (KODE) courses 2017

Kimmage DSC offers a range of distance education, professional development courses through our KODE Programme including HIV & Gender, Results Based Monitoring & Evaluation, Results Based Planning, Child Safeguarding, Managing for Results & Accountability, Understanding GBV. Please see link for full course outlines, start dates, application forms etc.