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(1) Irish Aid Calls for Proposals for a Strategic Partnership Programme in the Youth Sector and a Strategic Partnership Programme in the Higher Education Sector

Irish Aid has launched Calls for Proposals for a Strategic Partnership Programme in the Youth Sector, and a Strategic Partnership Programme in the Higher Education Sector, as committed to in the Development Education Strategy 2017-2023. Closing date for receipt of applications: 30 October, 5.30pm. Find out more.

(2) Irish Aid Call for Development Education Annual Grant funding and for DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) Co-Funding

Irish Aid has launched an annual call for Development Education Annual Grant funding and for DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) Co-Funding. Find out more. Closing date for receipt of Eligibility Forms is Monday, 15 October, and for completed applications is Friday, 23 November, 5pm.

(3) 2019 Round of the Irish Aid Civil Society Fund (CSF) 

The 2019 Round of the Irish Aid Civil Society Fund (CSF) has launched. Find out more.

(4) Nominations Open for the Charity Impact Awards 2018

A vibrant community, voluntary and charity sector is at the heart of a healthy society, but this important contribution is all too often overlooked. The Charity Impact Awards aims to change this! With a commitment to educate and inspire, the Awards will raise awareness of our sector’s positive impact and also promote best practice across the sector by telling the stories of those who have dedicated their lives to improving our communities. The winners will be announced at the Charity Impact Awards Ceremony in Dublin on 11 December. Find out more and enter

(5) EIL Seed Fund Now Open 

Bring your awareness raising idea to life and increase understanding of global development issues among the Irish public. It can be challenging when we have returned from oversea projects to continue to support worthy causes such as the ones we encountered abroad. There are many ways we can promote and highlight the issues and injustices witnessed. On a long-term basis, an effective way in which volunteers can truly make a difference is to educate others about global justice, the Global Goals and the lives of ordinary people in the global south. EIL recognises that it can be difficult for returned volunteers and changemakers to continue their engagement with global development issues here in Ireland. They may face financial barriers, time constraints or be unable to access the necessary help and support. The EIL Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme exists to assist returned volunteers & changemakers to overcome these barriers by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects in Ireland. You can apply to the Seed Fund as an individual or as part of a group. Both application forms are available to download here. Further information available from aine@eilireland.org.

(6) Call for Expressions of Interest: Trinity Masters in Development Practice (MDP) Students desk-based research projects:

Small teams of Trinity MDP students will conduct research projects (including mapping exercises, literature reviews, investigative early-stage research projects, research design exercises, policy development and analysis), between January and April, 2019. Students will be located in Trinity College, and available to meet with host organisations when required. Research outputs include presentation of results and research report. If you would like to have a research project considered, please email susan.p.murphy@tcd.ie with the proposed title or titles (up to three) of the projects you would like undertaken and the name and contact details of your contact person/supervisor. Additional information on the MSc programme is available here. Closing date: 1 December.

(7)  Registration open for Global Citizen Award

The GCA recognises and encourages international volunteers to use their overseas experience to take action and raise awareness of global justice on their return to Ireland. Apply today! The GCA is about: Promoting The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Global Justice; Highlighting the interdependence of the Global North and the Global South; Critically reflecting on global social justice issues; Global Solidarity; Change-Making; Advocacy and awareness raising. Who is it for?: All returned volunteers (18+) in Ireland with a minimum of 3 weeks’ overseas volunteer experience. Your 3 weeks can be built up cumulatively, allowing your award to be reflective, without restriction, on when you went volunteering. What will I get from it?: Champion global justice issues that your are passionate about; Increased knowledge about the SDGs and Development; Social media, advocacy and reflective post writing skills; Network and make connections with like-minded people; Obtain a personal achievement - Awardees will be recognised at a National Award Ceremony and become a part of the GCA Alumni network. The Global Citizen Award is funded by Irish Aid and EIL Intercultural Learning and supported by 23 partner volunteer sending organisations. If you are a change-maker and passionate about awareness-raising actions, register to participate.

(8) ActionAid Speech Writing Competition 2019 Now Open

Entries are now open for the ActionAid Speech Writing Competition 2019 to all young people aged 14-17 across Ireland. Young people choose a topic related to sustainable development and gender equality to write a speech on issues that matter to them. Find out more. Closing date: 18 January 2019.