In this section, you can access further information and resources on the topics listed below.
Development & Development Education:
- DevelopmentEducation.ie: a dedicated website with cartoons, images, articles, icebreakers, stimulus sheets and lots of other resources relating to DE/ESD issues.
- 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World: promotes education on human development and human rights; includes free extracts from the book '80:20 Development in an Unequal World', 6th Edition (note: copies of the book are also available to borrow from the Ubuntu office).
- Irish Development Education Association: an umbrella association that represents organisations and individuals engaged in the advancement of DE throughout the island of Ireland; website includes useful information, resources, publications, links
- Comhlámh: challenges society on the root causes of global poverty and inequality; includes a section on Development Education.
- DICE Project: Development & Intercultural Education within initial primary education.
- Centre for Peace and Development Studies (CPDS), University of Limerick: brings together a community of scholars with a commitment to studying conflict, peacebuilding and development at local, national and global levels and from diverse perspectives. It promotes five research strands: political violence, democratisation, globalisation and resistance, conflict transformation and civic engagement, looking within Ireland and globally.
- United Nations Development Programme: on the ground in 177 countries and territories, the UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations, partnering with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.
- Human Development Report: the UNDP's annual report on development throughout the world, contributing towards the expansion of opportunities, choice and freedom by promoting innovative new ideas, advocating practical policy changes, and constructively challenging policies and approaches that constrain human development.
- World Development Movement: campaigns against the root causes of poverty and inequality; includes information on global justice, overseas aid, climate debt.
Energy and Peak Oil:
- Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas (ASPO): provides information and discussion on the impact of the peak and decline of the world's production of oil and gas.
- Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI): Aims to transform Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices, with a vision of making Ireland a recognised global leader in sustainable energy.
- Eco-Fuel Africa: Empowering African communities to use tailor-made technology, helping them convert locally sourced farm and municipal waste into clean cooking fuel and organic fertilizer.
- Cloughjordan Eco-village: Brings together a diverse group of people creating an innovative new community in Tipperary, in a way that is democratic, healthy and socially enriching while minimising ecological impacts.
- Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA): Committed to the promotion and education of wind energy issues and plays a leading role in the areas of conference organisation, lobbying and policy development on the island of Ireland.
- Cell Energy Ireland (CEI): Ireland's leading renewable energy company, specialising in building integrated renewable energy systems, and working directly with architects, housing developers and home owners throughout Ireland to deliver renewable energy and carbon reduction solutions.
- Irish Government Strategy for Renewable Energy 2012-2020: Strategy document published by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resourcs (DCENR) in May 2012.
- Ireland's Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government: Its mission is to pursue sustainable development.
- Irish Aid Environment Policy for Sustainable Development: Environment is one of four policy priority issues that Ireland is committed to addressing across its programme for overseas aid. The policy sets out Irish Aid’s objectives in the area of environmental sustainability and proposes concrete strategies to achieve these aims.
- Stop Climate Chaos: the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities, with a supporter base of more than 11 million people spanning over 100 organisations.
- United Nations Environmental Programme: Its mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
- UK Climate Impact Programme: Supports adaptation to the unavoidable impacts of a changing climate.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: the leading international body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. It is a scientific body that reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change.
Trade and Consumerism:
- Fair Trade Ireland: Fairtrade Ireland is the Irish Member of the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO). Fairtrade Ireland awards a consumer label, the FAIRTRADE Mark, to products which meet internationally recognised standards of Fairtrade. It is a small charity based in Dublin, and is active throughout Ireland in the promotion of Fairtrade, the Fairtrade Towns project, and FAIRTRADE Mark products.
- Fairtrade International: headquartered in Bonn, Germany, a group of 25 organizations working to secure a better deal for producers, setting international Fairtrade standards, and supporting Fairtrade producers.
- Oxfam International Trade Campaign: Oxfam's Trade Campaign presses decision-makers and governments for new trade rules‚ fair rules to make a real and positive difference in the fight against poverty. It also works with other campaigning organizations to drive home the message‚ and getting high-profile celebrities to draw attention to the breath-taking potential of trade.
- Ethical Consumer: the UK's leading alternative consumer organisation, uncovering the truth behind the brand names and supporting the growth of the ethical market.
- Ethical Trading Initiative: a ground-breaking alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations, working in partnership to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable workers across the globe who make or grow consumer goods - everything from tea to T-shirts, from flowers to footballs.
- Labour behind the Label: a campaign that supports garment workers' efforts worldwide to improve their working conditions, through awareness raising, information provision and encouraging international solidarity between workers and consumers.
- Papapaa: a website teaching about fair trade and cocoa, with free lesson plans and resources, and video clips and photos explaining the cocoa journey from bean to bar.
- Traidcraft: fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives.
- Ethical Superstore: stocks high quality products that have a positive impact on people and/or the environment, including Fair Trade, Organic, Eco Friendly, Health and Wellness promotion, Education and awareness building, Locally Produced, and Charity products.
- Cards from Africa (Rwanda): provides orphaned youths in Rwanda with employment handcrafting greeting cards, enabling them to receive fair wages and valuable life skills.
- Divine Chocolate: a Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by the farmers, ensuring that farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, while company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine's profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.
- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy.
- Equal Exchange: a workers co-operative owned & controlled by its employees, dedicated to the promotion of Fairtrade and Organic production methods, ensuring a fair deal for farmers and the environment.
- The Ultimate Green Shopping Guide:: Learning how to shop green can help you make the best use of your time and avoid spending a lot of money in the process.
Poverty and Debt:
- Irish Aid Gender Equality Policy: an outline of Irish Aid's approach to gender equality, guided by the Irish Aid Gender Equality Policy 2004.
- Amnesty International Ireland: the country’s largest human rights organisation with over 15,000 members and supporters, and part of a global movement of more than 3.2 million people working in more than 150 countries around the world.
- Human Rights Education Module (Transition Year): a human rights education project enabling senior cycle students, non-formal education centres and the wider community to learn about and discuss human rights in a creative, participatory and empowering way.
- Irish Human Rights Council: established under statute in 2000 to promote and protect the human rights of everyone in Ireland, including the rights, liberties and freedoms guaranteed under the Irish Constitution and under international agreements, treaties and conventions to which Ireland is a party.
- Human Security Centre: an independent research centre that tracks global and regional trends in organized violence, their causes and consequences.
- Unicef: a United Nations organisation working with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path and to build a world where the rights of every child are realised.
- Stop Child Labour: School, the Best Place to Work: an international campaign aiming to eliminate all forms of child labour and to ensure formal full-time and quality education for all children, at least until the age of 15. Including an online action tool that lets you check how your favourite shoe brand scores on child labour.
- International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC): the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards, a United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all. Including SCREAM: Supporting Children's Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media, an education and social mobilization initiative to help educators worldwide to cultivate young people?s understanding of the causes and consequences of child labour.
- Free the Children: an international charity and educational partner that fosters academic achievement at the local level and implements development programmes internationally. Includes free classroom resources and lesson plans.
- National Youth Council of Ireland: the representative body for national voluntary youth work organisations in Ireland. It represents and supports the interests of around 50 voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.It seeks to ensure that all young people are empowered to develop the skills and confidence to fully participate as active citizens in an inclusive society.
- Bornfree Art School (Rehab of freed child labourers): a special school exclusively for street, working children and freed bonded labour children. The objective is to educate and develop these children through the arts, putting them back into the main stream of education.
- National Action Plan Against Racism: a strategy guide for community development projects, family resource centres and partnerships. Includes a profile of cultural and ethnic diversity in Ireland, the extent of racism in Ireland, and a toolkit for local anti-racism strategies.
- All Equal All Different (Education Pack): a pack of ideas, resources, methods and activities for informal intercultural education with young people and adults.
- INTER A practical guide to implementing Intercultural Education in schools: aims to contribute to improving the quality of education and to supporting innovation in schools by providing them with support to develop an intercultural approach. Includes a PDF version of the book produced through the INTER framework, gathering a series of articles by different authors to provoke reflection on what Education from an intercultural perspective is, what its objectives are, what it is useful for, and what challenges it involves.
- NCCA Guidelines for Intercultural education in post-primary schools.
- Immigrant Council of Ireland: established in 2001 by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, to develop innovative responses to Ireland's changing society.
- Exchange House ? National Travellers Service: an organisation of Traveller and settled people working together to provide services to the Traveller men and women, Traveller families, and Traveller young people and children, many of whom are in crisis.
- Irish Traveller Movement: a national network of organisations and individuals working within the Traveller community, consisting of a partnership between Travellers and settled people committed to seeking full equality for Travellers in Irish society.
- The Equality Authority: an independent body set up under the Employment Equality Act 1998 to protect against discrimination in Ireland on the grounds of gender, civil status, family status, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religious belief and membership of the Traveller Community.
- Equality Commission for Northern Ireland: an independent public body established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to advance equality, promote equality of opportunity, encourage good relations and challenge discrimination through promotion, advice and enforcement.
- Irish Refugee Council: Ireland’s only national non-governmental organisation which specialises in working with and for refugees in Ireland.
- EIL Intercultural Learning: an Irish "not for profit" organisation which provides intercultural learning opportunities through study abroad, volunteer abroad, language training, travel awards, group educational programmes, and other cultural immersion activities for about 2,000 people each year.
- European Programme for Integration and Migration: a Network of European Foundations that aims to strengthen the role played by NGOs active on migration and integration issues in advocating for a European agenda that benefits migrants and host communities. This is done through a programme of grant giving, capacity building and networking.
- Survival for Tribal Peoples: an organization working for tribal peoples’ rights worldwide, working to change racist attitudes towards, and false beliefs about, tribal peoples, and to foster an understanding of, and respect for, tribal peoples and the choices they make about their futures.
- Forced Migration: provides online access to a diverse range of resources concerning the situation of forced migrants worldwide.
- United Nations Higher Commission on Refugees (UNHCR): mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide, with its primary purpose to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.
- One World Week: an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally.
Conflict and Peace:
- Cooperation Ireland: the leading peace-building charity on the island of Ireland, creating opportunities for groups from the two main religious communities in Northern Ireland and from both sides of the border to come together so they can learn about each other's traditions and cultural backgrounds in order to help build a society which is based on tolerance and acceptance of cultural difference.
- INCORE: the International Conflict Research Institute, a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster. Combining research, education and comparative analysis, INCORE addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in Northern Ireland and internationally and promotes conflict resolution management strategies. It aims to influence policymakers and practitioners involved in peace, conflict and reconciliation issues while enhancing the nature of international conflict research.
- Alliance for Peace Building (AfP): the institutional home for the leading peace-building institutions and professionals in the United States and around the world. AfP and its members are directly linked with thousands of trained and dedicated local peace-builders in virtually every country.
- Beyond Intractability: knowledge base and learning community working to help solve society's big problems by promoting the more constructive handling of intractable conflicts over how best to deal with those problems.
- Irish Peace Institute: a non-governmental organisation committed to the just and peaceful transformation of violent conflict by helping to identify and address the root causes of violence through education, research and outreach.
- Control Arms: a global civil society alliance campaigning for a 'bulletproof' Arms Trade Treaty that will protect lives and livelihoods, meaning an international legally-binding agreement that will stop transfers of arms and ammunitions that fuel conflict, poverty and serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
- Cooperative Problem-Solving Training Kit: a workshop of online materials designed for use with groups who want to understand and practice the cooperative problem-solving model for managing conflict. The process focuses on encouraging mutual agreement and developing positive relationships.
- Interdependence Day: organised by the Global Interdependence Movement to promote international peace and highlight humanity’s interconnectedness and the resultant interdependence that underpins positive globalisation.
- Peace x Peace (Connecting Women for Peace): building a global network of peacebuilders in 128 countries; providing perspectives, analysis, tools, and resources on women’s power to build peace; advocating for women as the most direct and powerful way to create cultures of peace around the world.
- Conflict Resolution Information Source: a free, online clearinghouse, indexing more than 25,000 peace- and conflict resolution-related Web pages, books, articles, audiovisual materials, organizational profiles, events, and current news articles.
- The Humanity Initiative: a movement encouraging people to understand this planet as our common home.
- Young Social Innovators: promotes and leads the way in education for social innovation in Ireland; encourages, motivates and creates new opportunities for young people to actively participate in the world around them through volunteerism, community service, service-learning, citizenship education, social entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Volunteer Ireland: the national volunteer development agency in Ireland and working to inspire, promote, support and celebrate voluntary activity in Ireland.
- Better Together: a nationwide campaign which aims to make Ireland a better place by building support for charities, clubs and associations across the country.
- Volunteering Options: Comhlámh’s volunteering website provides information and support for those considering volunteering abroad.
- VSO Ireland: one of the world’s leading independent, international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.
- SERVE Solidarity in Action: provides information and training for those considering volunteering abroad.
- EIL Volunteer Abroad: organises international voluntary work and internship opportunities all year round.
- An Taisce Green Schools: helps schools to examine their environmental impact and develop a whole-school strategy for becoming a greener school.
- AVAAZ: a global web movement to organise citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want. Channels broad public concern into a specific, targeted campaign through social media.