80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World

National Network

St Cronans BNS
Vevay Road
Co. Wicklow
A98 NW42

Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Environment/Sustainable development
  4. Gender
  5. Human rights
  6. International/Cultural relations
  7. Media
  8. Others
  9. Research
  10. Youth and education
General Information

80:20 is a development education (DE) organisation promoting popular education on human development and human rights with its roots and mandate located in that sector for over 20 years. For 80:20, education is fundamental to understanding the shape and nature of our unequal world, to interacting with it as well as imagining and shaping a different world. 80:20 (charity number: 20034221) is governed by 8 trustees, has 3 staff members and a team of contractors and partners who have been working with 80:20 for more than 10 years. Budgetary resources: annual budget circa 150K 80:20 is currently refreshing its strategic plan for the next 5 years (2023-27) and is being finalised in early 2023. Modalities of action include: seminars, programme work, conference development, in-service training, adult & community education and third level support training, education resource productions and commissions, Recent partners involved in our work include: NALA, NYCI, Trócaire, Concern Worldwide, Self Help Africa, Aidlink, Euromed Rights (the Gender Justice Working Group, in particular), the Trade Justice Group in Comhlámh, Common Ground Bray,

Mission and Objectives

Through education, 80:20 seeks to realise a world which is more equal, more just and more sustainable than is currently the case. 80:20 believes that the concept of human development rooted in an international human rights framework offers the hope, dignity and the basis for, such a world. The organisation is dedicated to pursuing educational strategies for developing global citizenship as a fundamentally important priority in international development strategies. 80:20 has 7 overarching goals as part its approach. These are: Goal 1: Design, develop and deliver high quality information, research, resources and publications Goal 2: Build educational opportunities to develop capacities, cultivate dispositions and grow leadership on human development and human rights realities Goal 3: Strengthen and support the developmenteducation.ie consortium strategic partnership Goal 4: Engage in appropriate opportunities to demonstrate the impact of our work in education, human rights, women’s rights, climate change and human development. Goal 5: Continue to consolidate effective and added-value partnerships Goal 6: Maintain accountable, transparent and effective policies, procedures and practices across all operations, including finance, administration, governance, environment and employment. Goal 7: Achieve cost-efficient financial stability.

Main Projects / Activities

80:20’s main activities include: • Let’s Talk – an education project which aims to give young people a chance to become involved in discussing and taking action on issues such as climate change, conflict, sustainable development, peace and reconciliation. • Catch Them If You Can – an education project for young adults and educators on how the international financial system systematically disadvantages the poor of the world to the advantage of the rich and what you can do about it. • 7th Edition, 80-20 Development in an Unequal World – supporting the production and engagement of teachers, civil society activists and students in the best-selling educational resource – now used internationally in South Africa, Australia, the UK, the US, Zambia and, of course Ireland. The 7th edition of 80-20 is co-published with the New Internationalist. • developmenteducation.ie – 80:20 maintains and works in partnership on a key development education reference point in Ireland, developmenteducation.ie, as a partnership-based project that supports and delivers popular education on development and education issues, guided and financed by a consortium of non-governmental organisations including Aidlink, Concern Worldwide, Self Help Africa, the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA), the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and Trócaire. • Facts Matter: A Guide to Building Critical Media Literacy in Today’s World – a partnership project with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) to develop an introductory guide for adult literacy and adult education practitioners who wish to build their students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence in critical thinking, media and digital literacy. The guide also supports tutors to engage with what it means to live in an increasingly unequal world and to invite students to question and challenge this (such as tackling online abuse against women and girls, tackling hate speech and de-escalating hate). • Production and publishing – as a small publisher, 80:20 is involved in all stages of production in conceiving and developing multimedia and resource products, both as part of its own programme work and in collaboration with others. Our work has included non-formal education and curriculum specific resources. Got an idea that you’re interested in exploring with us? Get in touch. • Curriculum development work – engaging and advocating in curricular and policy reform opportunities (and joint submissions) on a regular basis, including, for example, during the consultation phase of the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (2014) and periodic subject reform at the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. • Consultancy and evaluation – research, evaluation and resource production consultancy activities and initiatives in development and human rights education such as resource production (across all stages of production), be-spoke global citizenship and human rights education workshops and capacity building training.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

80:20 can: - link in with other members of the network to explore and build collaborative partnerships - produce resources - we offer resource productions support within our sector (such as training guides, podcasts, video materials, poster work, resource guides and books etc.) - bring our international work into the Network, for example as a member of Euromed Rights - mix education, the arts and activism as part of educational productions (for example, we organised the Irish Global Solidarity in 100 Objects exhibition in 2020, which is now online https://developmenteducation.ie/100objects/) - we are the lead agency and consortium member of developmenteducation.ie and can support members re distributing resources and stories of change.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

80:20 has always had an active youth agenda as part of its programmes over the last two decades. 80:20 wants to join the ALF Network in particular to: - access and learn about the lived experiences of young people and members across the Network to inform our own 'thinking', resource production priorities, training materials and programme design. - integrate our planning and work agenda with ALF as part of the next strategic phase of work from 2023-27 - engage in strong partnership work across the Euro-Mediterranean region - seek funded opportunities to build considered, valuable and tangible opportunities in supporting young people's voices, spaces, co-collaborations and the agency of young participants to advocate for and influence decision makers (for example via policies, local structures, companies etc.) - not just in an ad hoc manner! - to blend education, the creative arts and 'educational activism' as an approach to challenge extremist narratives and doing 'literacy' work on key issues such as women's rights, anti-racism, climate justice and global justice.

Additional Information
Contact (1) Full Name
Tony Daly
Job Title
Head of the organisation
Valerie Lewis (chairperson)
Contact (2) Full Name
Ciara Regan
Job Title (2)
Education and Research Officer