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Global Citizenship Education

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


  • Overview
  • Our Global Citizenship Education Partners
  • Applying for funding
  • Results



What is Global Citizenship Education?

Global Citizenship 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, global eitizenship education helps people to critically explore how global justice issues interlink with their everyday lives.

Global Citizenship 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.

Global Citizenship Education addresses a wide range of themes and issues, including:‌

Why do we provide Global Citizenship Education funding?

Our funding to global citizenship education supports the implementation of the Irish Aid Global Citizenship Education Strategy 2021-2025The long term goal of the Strategy is that through the provision of global citizenship education, people are empowered to analyse and challenge the root causes and consequences of global hunger, poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change. 

Global citizenship 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.  Global citizenship 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 global citizenship 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.‌

Projects and programmes approved for global citizenship 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 global citizenship education funding have a strong focus on achieving the results set out in the Global Citizenship Education Strategy and the Performance Measurement Framework and contribute to awareness raising of and engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Our Global Citizenship Education Partners

Our Global Citizenship Education Partners

Global Citizenship Education Grants Funding

34 organisations have been granted Irish Aid funding through the Global Citizenship Education programme. A total of €1,805,081 funding was approved for 2022, with an additional €1,043,215 approved for 2023, and €770,000 approved for 2024. A total of 13 partners were awarded funding from the Innovation Challenge Fund. Below is a list of our current partners.



Funding 2022

Afri €47,500


An Taisce




ARD Family Resource Centre


CDYS Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services




Concern (DEAR co-funding)




Educate Together


EIL Intercultural Learning


Engineers Without Borders


Financial Justice Ireland


Friends of the Earth




Galway One World Centre


Global Action Plan


Head, Heart and Hands




Irish Girl Guides


Lourdes Youth Community Centre


Meath Partnership




Proudly Made in Africa €75,000

Scouting Ireland




Tools for Solidarity €15,125
University College Cork €73,623
UCDVO €50,000
Viatores Christi €15,641
VSI €19,873
Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative €18,835
Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative (DEAR co-funding) €5,505


Youth Work Tipperary


Total Funding







Duration (Years)




Total Funding Awarded

Afri Third Level, and ACE 2    €   47,500  €   47,500  €              95,000
AkiDwA Ireland  Adult & Community 1    €   25,000    €              25,000
An Cosan Third Level, and ACE 1    €   19,643    €              19,643
An Taisce Primary  2    € 120,000  € 120,000  €            240,000
ARD Family Resource Centre Youth 2    €   14,115  €   17,346  €              31,461
Centre for Global Education (CGE) Third Level, and ACE 2  €    57,908  €   60,580    €            118,488
Christian Blind Mission Third Level 1    €   11,000    €              11,000
CIT - Crawford College of Art & Design Third Level, ACE, Youth 2  €  134,260  € 134,260    €            268,520
ECO-UNESCO Youth 2  €  110,000  € 110,000    €            220,000
EIL Intercultural Learning Adult & Community 2  €    60,000  €   60,000    €            120,000
Engineers Without Borders Third Level, and ACE  2    €   45,000  €   45,000  €              90,000
Financial Justice Ireland  Third Level, and ACE 2  €    45,594  €   44,415    €              90,009
Friends of the Earth  Adult & Community, and Youth 2  €    44,834  €   43,609    €              88,443
Gaisce  Youth 1    €   35,000    €              35,000
Galway One World Centre Primary 2    €   35,000  €   35,000  €              70,000
Global Action Plan Adult & Community 2  €    35,600  €   30,120    €              65,720
Inishowen Development Partnership Adult & Community 2  €    65,000  €   65,000    €            130,000
Irish Girl Guides Youth 1    €   40,000    €              40,000
Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC) Adult & Community 2  €    30,000  €   30,000    €              60,000
Lourdes Youth and Community Services Youth, and ACE 2    €   60,000  €   60,000  €            120,000
Proudly Made In Africa (PMIA) Third Level 2  €    47,500  €   47,500    €              95,000
Scouting Ireland Youth 1    €   44,000    €              44,000
Tearfund Youth 2  €    24,448  €   20,554    €              45,002
Tools for Solidarity Primary, Youth, and ACE 1    €   10,000    €              10,000
UBUNTU Third Level 2  €  179,984  € 179,061    €            359,045
UCC-CGD Third Level 2    €   73,623  €   73,623  €            147,246
UCD Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) Third Level 2  €    50,000  €   50,000    €            100,000
Youth Work Ireland Tipperary  Youth 2    €   24,288  €   24,288  €              48,576


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




Duration (Years)




Irish Aid Funding 2021 Allocation

Concern Youth  2        €               20,149
Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative (Sli) Youth  4        €           5,504.50


Global Citizenship Education Strategic Partnership Programmes 

A total of €2,641,000 is being provided to 7 organisations for multi-annual funding under the Development Education Strategic Partnership Programme as follows:



Irish Aid Funding  2021 Allocation

Worldwide Global Schools (WWGS)  €                                     1,100,000
DICE  €                                        320,000
80:20 (  €                                        110,000
SUAS  €                                        250,000
Irish Development Education Association (IDEA)  €                                        350,000
NYCI (Youth)  €                                        271,000
Development Perspectives (A.C.E)  €                                        240,000

Applying for funding

How to apply for Global Citizenship Education Grant funding -

Irish Aid issues a call for global citizenship education project proposals annually. The Global Citizenship Education Grant Scheme is open to Irish-based organisations only.

Grants are allocated in the range of €10,000 to €180,000 annually. In 2022, applications can be submitted for projects with a duration of one, two or three years.

The 2022 Global Citizenship Education Grant call for proposals is now closed.

The 2023 Global Citizenship Education Grant call for proposals will be made in the last Quarter of 2022. 



An updated approach to results will be developed as part of the roll out of the new Global Citizenship Education Strategy. In 2022, as an interim measure, partners will be asked to provide quantitative basic data to include the following: 

  • numbers directly reached (disaggregated by geography and gender). 
  • this total figure to be broken down by primary students, post-primary students, 3rd level students (not student teachers), student teachers (primary), student teachers (post-primary), young people, youth educators, educators in ACE sector, adults (ACE), other (please specify). 
  • Estimated numbers indirectly reached (as relevant, please clarify how this figure is calculated). 
  • Institutions supported (primary schools, post-primary schools, HEIs, youth organisations, organisations in ACE sectors, others (please specify). 
  • Knowledge products produced (new and updated). 

Irish Aid Global Citizenship Education Strategy Making progress on global citizenship education across Ireland 2020-2021

Irish Aid Development Education Strategy Making progress on global citizenship education across Ireland 2017-2020 

Irish Aid Development Education Strategy making progress on global citizenship education across Ireland 2017-2018

Irish Aid Development Education Strategy Making progress on global citizenship education across Ireland 2018-2019

Irish Aid Development Education Strategy Making progress on global citizenship education across Ireland 2019-2020

Reporting requirements

Irish Aid monitoring of Global Citizenship Education Grants includes:

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

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