Other Information

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(1) Global Citizen Award - Registration Open

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.

(2) 2019 Borlaug Field Award - Nominations Open

Nominations are open for the 2019 Borlaug Field Award. Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, this is a $10,000 award to be presented annually to a young extension worker, research scientist, development professional or other individual who best emulates the dedication, perseverance, and innovation demonstrated by Dr. Norman Borlaug while working in the field with farmers in Mexico in the 1940s and '50s. The award will be presented every October in Des Moines, Iowa, by the World Food Prize Foundation. This award will recognize exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40 who has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty. The award will honor an individual who is working closely and directly “in the field” or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers or others in rural communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and distribution chain. Find out more. Closing date: 15 June.

(3) IHREC 2019 Student Bursary Scheme - Applications Open

As part of our work in promoting the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is delighted to announce the launch of the fourth year of our bursary scheme for prospective students of the Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality at the Institute of Public Administration. The Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality is a one-year, part-time programme that has been developed in conjunction with the Institute of Public Administration and is now enrolling for October 2019. The bursary scheme will cover all course fees for successful applicants. The application process is open from Friday 10 May to Friday 21 June 2019. The aim of this bursary is to contribute towards building participants’ skills to advance implementation of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty in public bodies. The student bursary scheme will support applications from public sector bodies and civil society organisations. Find out more. Closing date: 21 June.

(4) EIL Seed Fund - Applications Open 

Bring your awareness raising idea to life! EIL Intercultural Learning is an Irish “not for profit” organisation that provides intercultural learning opportunities through study abroad, youth leadership, language training, travel awards, group educational programmes, and other cultural immersion activities for over 2,500 people each year. It can be challenging when we have returned from an overseas project 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 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the lives of ordinary people in the global south. EIL recognises that it can be difficult for returned volunteers to continue their engagement 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 to overcome these barriers by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects in Ireland. Please note that the projects can only be funded if they take place in Ireland and the project has not yet taken place. You can apply to the Seed Fund as an individual or as part of a group. Both application forms are available on the EIL website. Further information available from: tessa@eilireland.org. Closing date: 24 June.

(5) Issue 29 of Policy and Practice - Call for Contributors

Centre for Global Education invites submissions to Issue 29 of its bi-annual, peer reviewed, open access journal, Policy and Practice: A Development Review, which is on the theme ‘Gender and Development Education’. Full details are available here. For further information, contact stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com. The submission date for articles is Friday, 26 July.

(6) Innovation in Politics Awards 2019 - Nominations Open

The 3rd Innovation in Politics Awards recognise creative and courageous politicians and innovative projects in the member countries of the Council of Europe. The Awards highlight work across the political spectrum, that breaks new ground, achieves results and strengthens European values of human rights, social rights and democracy. The Awards are a citizens’ initiative led by the Vienna-based Innovation in Politics Institute. It is partnered in Ireland by the School of Law and Government in Dublin City University (DCU). The Awards are selected by a jury of over 1,000 citizens across Europe, including Irish jury members. The Awards will be presented at a Europe-wide gala event in Berlin on 4 December 2019. The participation of citizens is a key element of the Awards, either as nominators or as jurors. Be a nominator: Anyone can nominate a local Councillor, TD, Senator or MEP or a group of politicians or a political project for an award. Any politician can submit an innovative project her/himself. Nominate online, by 15 July 2019, here. Be a juror: Everyone aged over 16 can apply to become a juror. Apply online here.