The 2017 trends report on

The last year has been a busy one across the world. Deepening economic inequality between and within countries; the launch of the #MeToo movement; year one of the 45th President of the United States of America, and related responses and movements to his decisions; the rise of the tide of plastic covering our oceans and seas; increasing authoritarianism and  threats to democracy, the media, protest groups and civil disobedience by states; and the updated publication of the research audit of development education resources produced in Ireland from 2013-2016.

We’ve looked through the last year of statistical trends on and the findings present an interesting and mixed picture. Some headline findings:

  • More people are accessing and using it more than ever; and
  • No one section dominates; there is something for everyone who visits
  • No one issue dominates; there are many issues that bring readers to ie, something the top 10 search words and the top blogs of the year reflect. Issues related to peace, conflict and security take the top spots in global affairs that are increasingly polarised
  • Urban areas dominate readership, but not exclusively. As the list of top 20 towns and cities contest, geographic spread is far reaching between the cities (and countries!)
  • The resources library reflects a mix of new, recent and ‘classics’ such as The Paper Bag Game by Christian Aid and a video by Ken Robinson reflecting on whether schools kill creativity.

We present the findings from the trends report for broader engagement and sharing with our readers as part of an opendata initiative on, and one we hope that adds value to conversations, research and debates on the kind of activities going on in Ireland in relation to education and education on global affairs (in particular developing world issues) and what a snapshot of the big picture looks like from a national platform on education on sustainability, human rights and global inequalities such as

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and the top 11-20 locations in Ireland: 11. Thurles 12. Navan 13. Dundalk 14. Waterford 15. Letterkenny 16. Lucan 17. Balbriggan 18. Greystones 19. Wexford 20. Ennis

Top 10 cities

  1. Dublin
  2. London
  3. Lusaka
  4. Melbourne
  5. Sydney
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Singapore
  8. Limerick
  9. New York
  10. Lagos

Top 10 search terms

  1. Refugee
  2. Human rights
  3. Arms trade
  4. Climate change
  5. Child labour
  6. Syria
  7. Conflict
  8. Gender
  9. Poverty
  10. Trade

Top 10 pages

  1. Debate: The energy debate: renewable energy cannot replace fossil fuels by Toni Pyke
  2. Resource library: Resource Library portal
  3. Feature: FAQs – navigating the Sustainable Development Goals by Colm Regan
  4. Feature: Using novels to explore development issues: some initial ideas and suggestions by Toni Pyke
  5. Resource library: Education for Sustainable Development – learning objectives by UNESCO
  6. Blog: Climate change and I: taking it personally by Jack Lawlor
  7. Blog: Hygge and happiness: social justice and the Danes by Grace McManus
  8. Blog: Letter from Lesbos by Eoin Cannon
  9. Resource library: 80-20 Development in an Unequal World, 7th Edition edited by Tony Daly, Ciara Regan and Colm Regan
  10. Feature: 11 key international reports – a guide by Colm Regan

Top 11 resources

  1. A Human Rights perspective on development by Omar Grech (80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World)
  2. Intercultural education in the primary school: guidelines for schools by Roland Tormey (NCCA)
  3. Life Stories: exploring identity with young people by Johnny Sheehan (National Youth Council of Ireland)
  4. The Paper Bag Game by Christian Aid
  5. Ken Robinson: do schools kill creativity? (TED video)
  6. Guidelines for Producing Development Education Resources by Tony Daly, Ciara Regan and Colm Regan (, Dóchas and IDEA)
  7. Learning to Read the World Through Other Eyes by Vanessa Andreotti and Lynn Mario TM de Souza (Global Education, Derby)
  8. Challenge to Change: A Development Education Project in Presentation Schools by Presentation Education Office
  9. 80-20 Development in an Unequal World, 7th edition by Tony Daly, Ciara Regan and Colm Regan (80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World and the New Internationalist)
  10. Education for the Sustainable Development Goals – learning objectives by Marco Rieckmann, Lisa Mindt, Senan Gardiner, Alexander Leicht and Julia Heiss (UNESCO)
  11. Inequality and the Stereotyping of Young People by Maurice Devlin (The Equality Authority and the National Youth Council of Ireland)

Resource library survey

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Top 10 Tweets

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