Courses and Training

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(1) Range of Courses in 2018 at Kimmage DSC

Introductory level courses and MA Modules including Contemporary Issues in Development, Human Rights & Development, Gender & Development and Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies. Full information about courses available on the Kimmage DSC website.

(2) Kimmage DSC Understanding & Addressing Gender Based Violence in Development Contexts: Running from 14 April

Learn about the prevalence and nature of gender based violence (GBV) and the threat it poses to all development initiatives; Understand the relationship between gender inequality and GBV and how GBV threatens poverty reduction strategies; appreciate the direct and indirect costs of GBV in terms of health, HIV and AIDS, education, livelihoods and participation at both micro and macro levels; Understand best practice in relation to GBV prevention and response programming. This is an eight week, tutor supported, distance education course. See the full course outline and application forms.

(3) MA in International Development with Kimmage DSC

Full-time/part-time and distance learning options. We are now accepting applications for the MA in International Development. From September 2018, Kimmage DSC expect that the programme will be delivered at Maynooth University. Find out more about programme content, how to apply and fees. Any queries can be directed to

(4) Carmichael Centre Spring/Summer 2018 Scheduled Training Programme


Find out more here or by contacting the Carmichael Centre, E:, T: 01 8735702.

(5) Sport and Global Education Training Course: 22 - 29 May, Castle Saunderson International Scout Centre, Belturbet, Co. Cavan

Development Perspectives are excited to host the 2nd edition of our Sport and Global Education Training Course funded through the Erasmus+ Programme. Sport and Global Education (SAGE) is a one week training course designed to empower youth workers, activists, coaches and trainers to use sport and physical activity to tackle social inclusion, inequality and human rights issues. The training course seeks to strengthen the capacity of participants to use sport and physical activity as a means to explore global issues. It also seeks to increase their critical understanding of the link between sport and global issues. The activities of this training course are designed to demonstrate adaptations of sporting activities which link to inequality, inclusion and human rights, to allow a space for youth workers to create their sports-based activities based on these issues, to discuss current issues in sport and how they relate to global issues and to highlight current sports-based projects which address these issues. See the information pack and application details. Closing date: 13 April.

(6) Comhlámh’s Debriefing Workshop: 29 May, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

You are invited to participate in a workshop on effective debriefing for international volunteers, development and mission workers. The training will be delivered by Debbie Hawker, a clinical psychologist offering services to development workers and humanitarian personnel and a leading world expert in this field. The workshop is a practical, full-day session which will provide a solid foundation of knowledge and tools for those who debrief people after an international assignment, or after a stressful or traumatic event. There will be the opportunity to practice through role-play and feedback. Cost: €55 per person. Certification: A certificate of attendance will be provided to participants who attend the full training workshop. Find out more and register. Please contact Sandra at or 01 4783490 if you require any further information. Places are limited so early booking is advisable

(7) The Ideas Collective: Summer 2018

Do you have an idea for change, or a passion for an issue or cause? On The Ideas Collective, you create your own individual or group action project that contributes to making social or environmental change. It could be almost anything – an event, an exhibition, a campaign, a product or service. We select twenty-five people to form the collective for three interactive and action-packed training weekends over the summer (16 - 17 June, 21 - 22 July, and 25 - 26 August). We offer a creative and collaborative space and our experience in creating change projects, to harness the potential power of your idea! Find out more here or email Claire at

(8) 'Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches' Training Programme: June 18 - 22, NUIM Maynooth

This annual International Human Rights Network (IHRN) training programme enhances skills of justice sector personnel, consultants, managers, etc., in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Justice Sector Reform, including:

  • Legal principles, policies and practice underpinning HRBA to justice sector reform

  • Inter-linkages between justice sector roles

  • Relationship between the justice sector and related terms; 'security sector', 'rule of law', 'good governance'

  • Human Rights Based needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation

  • Programming tools and checklists

  • Case studies from national and international field mission contexts

  • Teamwork, advocacy, strategic partnerships, international work opportunities

Find out more. Contact:

(9) Applications open for MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security at NUI Galway

NUI Galway's award-winning Masters Programme in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (MScCCAFS) is seeking motivated candidates with degrees in any relevant subject for the 2018-2019 academic year. We offer multidisciplinary training to help our students understand climate risks to global food supply, especially in the developing world, and to prepare for careers in climate-change mitigation. The course is a partnership with the international Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security which is led by CGIAR and Future Earth. Students undertake a 3-month research placement, supplemented by taught modules on agriculture, environmental policy, and climate impacts on gender, infrastructure and the rural economy. Find out more here or email Applications should be made here.

(10) Applications open for new MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society at DCU

Dublin City University has just launched a new MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society. This innovative new programme examines how societies can respond to climate change across the spheres of politics, regulation, law, education and the media. Participants will be equipped with subject knowledge and analytical skills to enable them to play a part in shaping the transition to a decarbonised and climate resilient future. The programme is now open for applications, with a first intake of students in September 2018. It is available as both a full-time (one year) and part-time (two year) programme. Full details of the programme, including how to apply, are available here

(11) Applications open for new Master of Public Administration in Development Practice at UCD

This new programme offers professional training in Sustainable Development Practice at graduate level. It is part of an internationally recognised affiliation of programmes working in line with Columbia University and the MDP (Master of Development Practice) Global Association ( The programme will appeal to those already working in the sector of development who want to enhance their skill set and bolster their career.  Participants will be equipped to better identify and address the challenges of extreme poverty and sustainable development through excellent course offerings. Participants will have the opportunity to undertake disparate modules in areas of practical concern to those working in the field of development; including finance, management, health, natural science, economic, legal, political and statistical modules. This programme includes a range of alternative learning environments, including a UN-Training School field simulation, a problem-based learning simulation of a global negotiating process, hands-on fieldwork, two placements; one within-country placement in year one and an internship in an international organisation in year two. In the “Global Classroom” module, you will connect with students from other programmes in the Global MDP association through an e-learning programme where students participate in lectures and discussion. The programme is now open for applications, with a first intake of students in September 2018. It is available as both a full-time (two year) and part-time (four year) programme. Full details of the programme, including how to apply, are available here.