Courses and Training

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(1) Range of Courses in 2018 at Kimmage DSC

Introductory level courses and MA Modules including Contemporary Issues in Development, Human Rights & Development, Gender & Development and Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies. Full information about courses available on the Kimmage DSC website. Courses include:

  • MA in International Development by Distance Learning with Kimmage DSC: This MA Programme offers learners the opportunity to study anywhere in the world, while still connecting online with a diverse and vibrant learning community. Modules starting this March include Gender & Development; Conflict, Development & Security; Managing Development Organisations; Development Theory & Practice. For more information, please click here.

  • Kimmage DSC 2018 KODE Course Schedule Announced: Plan your New Year professional development training by distance learning. Courses include Project Management, M&E, Child Safeguarding, HIV Gender Programme and lots more. For course content details, fees and application forms, please click here.

(2) Kimmage DSC Child Safeguarding & Protection Resources and Courses

  • Introduction to Child Safeguarding FREE on-line course

  • Organisational Child Safeguarding Self Audit Tool FREE on-line resource

  • Child Safeguarding and Protection in Development Practice: Eight week, tutor supported distance learning course

(3) Global Active Citizenship through Music: 22 February, 10am - 4.30pm, Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

By exploring and making music inspired by cultures from around the world we can help to promote the values, understanding and actions needed to encourage global active citizenship. The course is designed to give educators, activists and those working with groups some new tools and perspectives for encouraging global active citizenship. You don’t need to be a musician or singer, the workshop is designed for working with non-musicians. Facilitator:  Rachel Dempsey, who has a Masters in Ethnomusicology and 20 years’ experience of running singing and music workshops through Global Harmonies. Participation free - suggested donation of €20 appreciated. Further information here. Express your interest by emailing

(4) Carmichael Centre Spring/Summer 2018 Scheduled Training Programme:



Find out more here or by contacting the Carmichael Centre, E:, T: 01 8735702.

(5) Cooking with Care - Sustainable Cookery Course: Mondays from 26 February - 26 March, 10am - 12.30pm, LYCS Adult Programme kitchen, LYCS, Lower Rutland St, Dublin 1

Learn how to care for the planet and people, through cooking and food awareness. Full details available here. Fee: €50, concessions available. Email to apply.

(6) GDPR, Company Secretarial and Corporate Governance Issues: 28 February, 10.30am - 12.30pm, A&L Goodbody, IFSC, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1

Aimed specifically at NGOs, the seminar will address: the closing stages of GDPR planning and implementation; company secretarial and corporate governance issues; and some issues relevant to NGO's established as charities. If you would like to attend please contact Nick Reynolds, E:, T: 01 874 7232.

(7) TIDAL: Educating the Heart (Free accredited CPD training for teachers): 28 February and 1 March, Slieve Aughty Centre, Galway

TIDAL: Educating the Heart is core funded by Irish Aid, and is complimentary to Worldwise Global Schools, The Irish Aid Development Education Strategy, The Our World Irish Aid Award, and The National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development. The course content and pedagogy are aligned to the primary and junior cycle curriculum, with a particular emphasis on embedding ‘education about ethics’ and ‘education for wellbeing’ to the heart of global citizenship education. Two days substitute cover for 3 teachers per school will be provided. Free accommodation is available to all who require it on 28 February. Support materials, resources, and lesson plans will also be provided. Find out moreSign up.

(8) Bank of Ireland Learning Zone training day for community groups and charities: 2 March, Registration from 8.45am, Courses from 9.20am - 5pm, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

Bank of Ireland, through their learning and development department (Learning Zone), is once again partnering with Business in the Community to offer places on one-day training courses. This is an excellent opportunity to avail of dynamic, professional and personal development training. The courses will be delivered by Bank of Ireland’s training partner Accenture. The courses available are: Presentation Skills; People Management Fundamentals; Negotiation Skills; Influencing Skills ; and Social Media training. Nominal Cost: €30 – Payment required when booking on Eventbrite. On the day of training one of the organisations attending will be randomly selected and will receive a donation based on the amount collected.

(9) GDPR Essentials for SMEs: 6 - 7 March, locations in Cork and Limerick (details below)

Coming to Cork on 6, and Limerick on 7 March, ISME Skillnet are running GDPR Essentials for SMEs training. These breakfast events are specifically designed for SMEs and business owners. The training will be hands-on, active learning sessions to assist you on how to get started and what it means to your business. Find out more and book.

  • Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork: 6 March

  • Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick: 7 March

(10) Viatores Christi Venture Training for Development Programme: Various Dates

This programme aims to prepare prospective development workers/volunteers for working and living in a developing country. The programme is conducted over four intensive weekends between February and May. While providing a grounding in practical overseas development it will help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them. It is vitally important that development workers/ volunteers are well prepared; this helps ensure that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas.

  • Community Development and Leadership: 10 - 11 March 

  • Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation: 14 - 15 April 

  • Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies (new module): 12 - 13 May 

Find out more. Please note some modules, including Research Methodologies, have an online component using Moodle. 

(11) Stay on the Right Side of GDPR: 15 March, 12noon - 1.30pm (Venue TBC)

At this event you will learn everything there is to know about the new EU regulation around Data Protection. Cost €25 (MediaHQ Users); €50 (Non MediaHQ Users). Space is limited so book your tickets now by clicking here

(12) Women of the World: 26 - 27 March, 10am - 4.30pm, Dublin city centre

This training aims to introduce community workers, activists and educators to global development issues and how they impact on women, to build their understanding of the links between local and global issues and develop their capacity to take action around the issues. Full details available here. Suggested donation €30. Email to apply.

(13) Designing Solutions - Local to Global Living Solutions: 7 - 8 April, Carraig Dúlra, Wicklow and Comhlámh office, Parliment St, Dublin 2

We know the world we want… Now how do we get there? Permaculture meets development education. This unique workshop aims to offer solutions to many of the issues we face as a global community; empower, inspire, connect and nourish; explore the meanings of ‘development’, ‘sustainable’, ‘regenerative’, 'justice’; untangle the complex web of linked problems to find patterns and effective points of intervention; offer a way of thinking about the problems, and turn problems into opportunities; apply this thinking practically in our own lives, our communities and the wider world; provide an understanding of the basics of Permaculture ethics and principles. A 2 day residential in Carraig Dúlra Wicklow and 2 evenings in Comhlámh office, Parliment St, D2. Places are limited. We are running the fee on a sliding scale to make the course accessible as possible (Waged €250; Low waged €200; Unwaged €100). Find out more.

(14) ABF Security Aid Worker Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) Course: 9 - 12 April, Kilkenny

Some of the many threats we can face when working or travelling overseas include natural disasters, infectious diseases, crime, civil unrest, kidnapping and terrorism. Whether you are travelling through a European city on business or providing humanitarian aid in a remote part of Africa, your personal security is predicated on your ability to recognise and react to these threats. It is of vital importance that you are prepared for the challenging conditions that you may face before your departure - the modularised, best in class Security Awareness Training package offered by ABF will help you do just that. Find out more.