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What We Do

Our work explores, examines and acts upon a range of issues and challenges that face our world. In order for this to work effectively, we use participatory and interactive learning methods to ensure the greatest impact for participants of our programmes.

"Development education is a lifelong educational process which aims to increase public awareness 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. Informed and engaged citizens are best placed to address complex social, economic and environmental issues linked to development. Development education empowers people to analyse, reflect on and challenge at a local and global level, the root causes and consequences of global hunger, poverty, injustice, inequality and climate change;presenting multiple perspectives on global justice issues."

-Irish Aid


Development Perspectives’ mission is to contribute to lessening poverty, inequality and climate change through transformative education and active global citizenship.

Building on the learning of past experiences, we are excited and ready for the next stage of our development. In order to have the greatest impact, we focus on developing the ‘whole’ person who is aware of the interdependent nature of life and is propelled to act as a global citizen working for the good of all.

Overseas with Insight 2016 Overseas with Insight 2016

Five goals were identified in Development Perspectives strategic plan 2016 – 2018.

  1. Citizens in Ireland have an increased knowledge, understanding and deeper engagement with Global Justice issues.

  2. Empowered and skilled citizens in Ireland and Tanzania are actively involved in tackling poverty, inequality and climate change.

  3. Increased recognition of the importance and relevance of Development Education in contributing to a more equitable, just and sustainable world.

  4. Build sustainable partnerships locally and internationally to broaden engagement and expand Development Perspectives’ impact.

  5. Strengthen the organisational capacity of Development Perspectives to ensure sustainability, effectiveness, transparency and accountability.

Development Perspectives supports Irish citizens in accessing quality learning opportunities with multi-facetted educational approaches in the Development Arena. The aim and role of Development Education practitioners is to facilitate robust, accessible and engaging opportunities for the public to learn and act as global citizens. Calling on governments to address the structural causes of global poverty, inequality and climate change is now more urgent than ever!

Awards

We're delighted to have had our work recognised with several esteemed awards.

In the 2017 Dóchas Awards, our #SDGchallenge was awarded the SDG Champion Award, an award which honours an organisation that has done outstanding work around the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During the same ceremony, our director Bobby McCormack received the Global Citizen Award, which celebrates an outstanding individual who inspires and empowers others in their quest for a better world.

In 2018 we were also delighted to be shortlisted in the first ever United Nations SDG Action Awards again with our #SDGchallenge project in the category ‘Communicator’. The awards recognize the most outstanding and innovative efforts to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bobby and Stephanie awards Bobby McCormack, David Donoghue ans Stephanie Kirwin at the 2017 Dochas awards.
Who We Are