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Development Education Funding

Irish Aid’s Development Education funding aims to increase awareness and understanding of global development issues among the Irish public.

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  • Overview
  • Our Development Education Partners
  • Applying for funding
  • Focus on Results



What is Development Education?

Development education is a lifelong educational process which aims to increase public knowledge and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. By challenging stereotypes and encouraging independent thinking, development education helps people to critically explore how global justice issues interlink with their everyday lives.

Development education is transformative. It enables people to analyse and challenge the root causes and consequences of global poverty and inequality and to transform the social, cultural, political and economic structures which affect their lives and the lives of others. It aspires to change the way people think and act; empowering them to take action and become active global citizens in the creation of a fairer, more just, more secure and more sustainable world for all.

Development education addresses a wide range of themes and issues, including:

Development Education Themes

Why do we provide Development Education funding?

Our funding to development education supports the implementation of the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy 2017-2023The long term goal of the Strategy is that through the provision of development education, people are empowered to analyse and challenge the root causes and consequences of global hunger, poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change. 

Development education plays an important role in building the conditions in which we can continue to meet ongoing global challenges, contributing to both our foreign policy and international development policy objectives.  The four core values underpinning our foreign policy are a fairer, more just, more secure and more sustainable world.  Irish Aid promotes these values abroad through our international development programme and at home through our support for development education.  Development education promotes citizenship literacy among the Irish public by deepening understanding of global justice issues and Ireland’s core values, advancing our foreign policy aim of contributing to the collective international effort to build a better world for all.

Our funding for development education enables us to work in partnership with educators across the primary, post-primary, higher education, youth and adult and community education sectors to increase the accessibility, quality and effectiveness of development education in Ireland.

Development Education Strategy

Projects and programmes approved for development education funding share the following characteristics:

  • Contribute to the learner’s knowledge and understanding of global justice issues and facilitate the learner to engage with multiple perspectives
  • Enhance the learner’s skills and competencies, placing particular emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills
  • Strengthen the leaner’s values and attitudes, supporting the learner to recognise our global interconnectedness and consequently our rights and responsibilities as global citizens
  • Promote action at a local and global level,  empowering the learner to engage in individual and/or collective action to bring about a positive difference in the world

All projects and programmes approved for development education funding have a strong focus on achieving the results set out in the Development Education Strategy 2017-2023 and the Performance Measurement Framework and contribute to awareness raising of and engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Our Development Education Partners

Our Development Education Partners

Funding amounting to €3,965,000 was approved for 37 partners working in development education programmes and projects in Ireland in 2018. 

Development Education Annual Grants Funding

26 organisations are currently being funded a total of €1,170,000 under the 2018 Development Education Annual Grant Scheme:

Organisation Sector Irish Aid Funding Allocation
DDCI Third Level €25,000
UCC Third Level €20,000
UCDVO Third Level €25,000
Value Added in Africa Third Level €40,000
Afri Adult and Community Education €30,000
Centre for Global Education Adult and Community Education €55,000
Development Perspectives Adult and Community Education €65,000
EIL Adult and Community Education €56,084
Global Action Plan Adult and Community Education €15,000
Inishowen Adult and Community Education €55,000
LASC Adult and Community Education €25,000
LYCS Adult and Community Education €80,000
Waterford One World Centre Adult and Community Education €22,000
An Taisce Primary €60,000
DPETNS Primary €10,000
Galway One World Centre Primary €30,000
Head, Hearts & Hands Primary €13,000
Poetry Ireland Primary €11,000
UBUNTU Post Primary ITE €165,000
CIT Youth €75,000
ECO UNESCO Youth €110,000
Friends of the Earth Youth €10,000
NYCI Youth €110,000
Tearfund Youth €15,143
YMCA Youth €10,000
Youth Work Tipperary Youth €25,000

European Commission DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) Co-funding

Organisation Irish Aid Funding allocation
Debt and Development Coalition Ireland €5,037


Development Education Strategic Partnership Programmes 

A total of €1,915,000 is being provided to 5 organisations for multi-annual funding under the Development Education Strategic Partnership Programme as follows:

Organisation Irish Aid Funding allocation
80:20 Consortium ( €95,000
DICE Project €280,000
IDEA (Irish Development Education Association) €270,000
Suas €220,000
WorldWise Global Schools Programme €1,050,000

Programme Grant Funding 

A further €870,000 is being provided to 5 NGOs funded as part of the Programme Grant funding stream for their development education work in Ireland.  

Organisation Irish Aid Funding allocation
Children in Crossfire €81,500
Concern €350,000
Plan €48,000
Self Help Africa €85,500
Trócaire €305,000

Our Development Education Strategy

Support Documentation available for download:

Applying for funding

Development Education Grants – 2020 Calls for Proposals

How to apply for Development Education Grant funding -

Irish Aid issues a call for development education project proposals annually. The Development Education Annual Grant is open to Irish-based organisations only.
Grants are allocated in the range of €10,000 to €180,000 annually. In 2020, applications can be submitted for projects with a duration of one or two years.

The 2020 Development Education Grant annual call for proposals is now closed.

How to apply for DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) Co-Funding -

An organisation in receipt of European Union funding for a Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) project can apply to Irish Aid for DEAR co-funding. DEAR co-funding is open to Irish-based organisations only. An organisation may apply for DEAR Co-Funding in addition to other development education funding applications. The maximum grant available under this grant modality is up to 10% of total funds received from the European Union.
In 2020, applications can be submitted for projects with a duration of one or two years.

The 2020 DEAR Co-Funding call for proposals is now closed.

How to apply for Development Education Partnership Funding Scheme –

Partnerships are welcomed on the basis that greater opportunities for learning, capacity building, efficiency, cost effectiveness, and ultimately stronger results, may be achieved.
The Partnership Funding scheme is open to Irish-based organisations only.

A separate application form is available for Development Education Partnership Funding Scheme and will need to be requested from Irish Aid and jointly completed by the partners. This application form will also include a flow of funds template which must be completed and is a requirement for funding.
The minimum grant available under this grant modality is €10,000, while the maximum grant amount is €20,000.

In 2020, applications can be submitted for projects with a duration of one or two years.

The 2020 Partnership call for proposals is now closed. 

The completed application form, signed by the legal representative of the organisation (e.g. the CEO or the Chair of the Board) should be e-mailed to the Development Education mailbox by 5pm on 27 November 2019.

Further Information in relation to all Calls for Proposals

It is intended that the appraisal of applications will take place in Quarter 1 2020 and notification of funding decisions will issue by the end of March 2020.

Please note that individual meetings cannot be held with applicant organisations while any call for proposals is active and Irish Aid officials will not be available to answer questions or provide clarifications on an individual basis.

Questions or queries in relation to the Development Education Grant Round, DEAR Co-funding, and Partnership Programmes should be addressed directly to the Development Education mailbox at the email address provided in the 2020 Call for Proposals. Queries will be responded to up to two weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline.

Please note that any attempt to either directly or indirectly influence the outcome of the decision-making process in relation to grant applications will result in disqualification. As such, please ensure that no representative of your organisation seeks individual meetings with any representative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in connection with the application once the Call for Proposals issues.

Focus on Results

Focus on Results

Organisations who receive Development Education funding are responsible for effective and ongoing monitoring throughout the course of the funding period.  Each grant is based on a contract and an agreed set of results. Organisations must report on the progress towards the expected results to Irish Aid each year through the annual reporting process.

To ensure the success of our strategy, we work closely with our Development Education partners to track and measure the progress of the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy 2017-2023 over its lifetime.  The achievement of real and lasting results is central to the way that we plan, make decisions, implement, monitor, evaluate and account for our support for development education.

We recognise that long-term change can take time and that measuring change is complex.  We will annually publish and disseminate data to inform public understanding of where and how money is spent and what results are being achieved.

Infographic - Development Education Strategy 2017 Results

Infographic - Development Education at Primary and Post-Primary Level 2017 Results

Infographic - Development Education Strategy Further 2017 Results

Reporting requirements

Irish Aid monitoring of Development Education Grants includes:

  • Annual report on results and expenditure
  • Audited accounts to be submitted annually