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Challenging the Crisis

‘Challenging the Crisis – Promoting Global Justice and Citizens’ Engagement in a Time of Uncertainty’

Challenging the Crisis was a 3-year development education project led by IDEA with partners in 5 other countries. The European Commission was the main funder. The other Partners in the Project were: Fair Trade Hellas (Greece), CIPSI ‘Coordinamento di Iniziative Popolari di Solidarietà Internazionale’ (Italy), Fondazione Culturale Responsabilità Etica (Italy), Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr (Portugal), SLOGA (Slovenia) and Fundación Economistas sin Fronteras (Spain).

Young adults from Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain were engaged and enabled to understand the interdependences of local and global inequality and become active advocates on global justice issues; thereby anchoring development policies despite austerity measures at home.

The project aimed to contribute to a more just and sustainable world by raising awareness and empowering EU citizens as global development advocates. Specifically to:

  • Influence policy at national and European level
  • Bring about change in the public engagement approach of development NGOs and CSOs
  • By bringing together young people, it was envisaged that a focus on global justice would show the value of responding jointly to the current financial crisis and re-engage us with the idea of a European community acting in solidarity to overcome global challenges.

Challenging the Crisis – Promoting citizens’ engagement in a time of uncertainty is a project co-financed by the european union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of IDEA and its project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.


We organise training, seminars & meetings to build capacity in the following areas:


IDEA works to connect its membership and also to connect Development Education to wider audiences.