2019 Ireland’s SDG Advocates Programme for Young Changemakers

Deadline: February 19, 2019.

Are you a change maker in your community? Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge? Do you want to join Ireland’s network of active citizens and create long lasting change within your community?

The SDG Advocate programme will offer 26 active citizens an opportunity to become one of Ireland’s SDG Advocates through this innovative project. This training course will allow the advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, represent the project internationally and lead transformative change in Ireland.




Phase 1: The first phase involves two full weekends, including an overnight residential. The emphasis is on critical analysis, discussion and understanding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and our role as active citizens. Each Advocate will start to the process of designing an action project that they can implement in their own communities connected to achieving the SDG’s by 2030.

Phase 2: The overseas phase takes place in Tanzania and Vietnam during June/July. The SDG Advocates spend two weeks working and studying alongside local partner organisations abroad; sharing ideas, perspectives and design of sustainable models of community-based projects. Experiential learning forms the bedrock of the 2nd phase. Irish Participants have an opportunity to learn from the immersion phase and connect their SDG project with other initiatives that are happening at a global level.

Phase 3: The final phase comprises of two weekends including a residential with an emphasis on implementing the Advocates SDG action initiatives. Mentoring support will be provided and an opportunity to showcase each project during a “Exhibition of Experience” hosted in Drogheda Art Centre in October. The Irish team will be joined by 8 advocates from Vietnam and Tanzania as part of a reciprocal visit.



1. Have some basic knowledge and/or experience of development education/active
2. Preference will be given to those who have involvement in Adult and Community
3. Have a desire and willingness to participate in a range of development education/
citizenship or advocacy issues upon completion of the programme.
4. Committed to attending and participating in the full duration of the training course
and facilitating/organising/sharing some of your experiences to a wide audience
on your return.

5. Applicants must be over 18yrs.




1. Accommodation, food, internal travel in Tanzania and Vietnam, residential and facilitation costs will be met by Development Perspectives.
2. Flights, insurance, visa costs and medical costs to be met by the advocates.
3. There is also an expectation to fundraise €950 for Development Perspectives (before you leave for the experiential learning phase).
4. All fundraised money is a contribution to the overall cost of the SDG Advocate
5. There is a non-refundable deposit of €100 upon acceptance of your place.




SDG Advocate Programme

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