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IDEA workshop - Partnerships for Development Education

The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) is hosting a day on working in Partnerships for Development Education, facilitated by Ruairi McKiernan. Ruairí is an award winning social innovator, campaigner, consultant, writer and speaker and has recently researched and written a toolkit for ‘Partnerships for Development Education’ with IDEA and our members. The first part of the day will focus on the toolkit as a starting point for a discussion on partnerships and the second part of the day will focus on communicating Development Education. For further details, please click here

Date: 20 September

Time: 10.30 – 16:00

Location: IDEA offices, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1

Climate Change and Health

Climate change is “The greatest threat to global health in the 21st century”*. The direct and indirect impacts of climate change threaten to hinder progress in global health and destroy some of the gains made over the last 150 years. It is the most vulnerable including children who bear the brunt of these threats. [*Costello et al., Lancet, 2009]. There is now an urgent need to discuss and plan action to address the challenges, and also the opportunities, which we now face in relation to climate change and health. NUI Galway will host a new conference: Climate Change and Health: The Challenges and Opportunities, on Friday 22nd September 2017, in partnership with the Irish Forum for Global Health, the Development Studies Association of Ireland, the Health Services Executive, the Ryan Institute, Trocaire, the Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development, Cultivate, and Galway City Community Network, with support from Irish Aid. Invited climate change expert speakers include: Dr. Nicholas Watts, Executive Director, Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change. Joni Pegram, Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor, UNICEF UK. John O’Neill, Principal Officer, Dept. of Communications Climate Action & Environment, Govt. of Ireland. Dr. Ina Kelly, Consultant in Public Health, HSE. More details and registration are at this link.

Date: Friday 22 September 2017

Location: National University of Ireland, Galway

Cost: €5 - €10

Community Engagement with the SDG Agenda

Donegal County Council, as part of the LADDER Project, are holding a 2 day event to review and discuss Community focused Development Education and Public Engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The emphasis will be on reviewing the lessons learned from this DEAR-funded project (LADDER) over the past 3 years. The event will also provide opportunities for future planning and learning for Local Authorities, Community groups and NGOs involved in awareness raising of the SDGs. For more information contact: Maire Ni Fhearraigh –, Patsy Toland - 

Date: 25 and 26 September

Location: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin


Learn About Human-Centred Design: Interactive Workshop with Dóchas

Human-Centred Design, also known as Design Thinking, is an innovative methodology for designing programmes, products, services and campaigns. Human-Centred Design is both a process and a philosophy in which the needs of the end users are given extensive attention at each stage of the design process. You don't need to be a professional designer or ‘creative type’to use Human-Centred Design - it's a simple but structured process that can be used in creating any kind of project. It enables organisations to overcome assumptions and develop a deep understanding of their stakeholders' needs. Human-Centred Design involves conducting interviews with users, brainstorming ideas, and using rapid prototyping to quickly test and improve your ideas. See some inspiring case studies on how Human-Centred Design has been used in development programmes; see how Greenpeace is using Human-Centred Design in developing public campaigns. Dóchas is hosting this event to give charities, campaigns and NGOs in Ireland an introduction to this exciting method. <>

Date: 29 September 2017

Time: 9:45 – 13:00

Location: Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

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

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.