Signposts for an action agenda – The Bank of Actions for Global Citizens

The Bank of Actions for Global Citizens toolkit is designed to support learners to ask critical questions and take action with a development education (DE) lens.  Tessa Cornally introduces the resource which was produced for anyone (or group) interested in being proactive and engaging with global issues, looking for inspiration or at the very least pointers for taking action.

EIL Intercultural Learning, Creativity & Change and Development Perspectives engage with people who are interested in working in, learning more about, or sharing their knowledge about development education and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals with others. The three organisations came together to collaborate and share their experiences of designing development education actions – an experience that led to collecting this in The Bank of Actions for Global Citizens.

The resource is divided into five sections: Organisations, Development Education Action, Action Guide, Ideas for Dev-Ed Action and Support Tips.

This is a toolkit designed for engaging the public in global justice issues in meaningful ways that can help bring about positive change in our world.

There are 10 case studies of action projects included in the resource. Each of these explains the type of action, the medium used, the location, duration, target audience, SDG(s) addressed, purpose of the action, how it worked as well as tips and quotes from the participants. These real-world examples range from the nuts and bolts of developing a photography exhibition, interactive performances, interactive showcase, street action, community festival, a public art project and more.

The Bank of Actions has been designed within the context of returned international volunteers participating in the Global Citizen Award (GCA) programme, but can be used by anyone looking for creative inspiration to take action.

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Tessa Cornally is co-ordinator of the Global Citizen Award, a programme that encourages international volunteers to use their overseas experience to take action and raise awareness of global justice on their return to Ireland.

  • Cover photo: artwork by Helen O’Keeffe. Source: The Bank of Actions for Global Citizens, 2020.