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Understanding Development Evening Course – Term 2 – Contemporary Issues in Development

Start Date

15 January
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Fee on application

(Concession Fee also available.)


Our Understanding Development Evening Course comprises two components:



The aim of the course is to assist participants to enhance their understanding of the problems and possibilities of development in developing countries. It is intended for anyone concerned with development issues for reasons of work, active support or personal interest. Prior experience or training in development work are not required.  Each term runs for 8 weeks beginning in October on Monday nights in Kimmage. Participants who did not attend Term 1 are welcome to join the course at the beginning of Term 2. The sessions are held on Monday evenings at Kimmage Development Studies Centre from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm with a 10 minute mid-session break

Course Content

Term 2 Contemporary Issues in Development covers a range of key issues in development practice including:

  • HIV/AIDS and Development
  • Micro-Finance
  • Food and Livelihood Security
  • Community Development in Ireland
  • Poverty and the Environment
  • Climate Justice
  • Refugees and Migration.

We provide this course to:

  1. Provide detailed information on international development topics.
  2. Introduce and explain alternative theories and approaches to development.
  3. Encourage a critical and analytical approach to development issues.
  4. Relate development issues to participants’ own work and life experience.
  5. Deepen interest in and commitment to Majority World issues.


Course Contributors

The lecturers and contributors to the programme reflect a broad range of experience both in Ireland and in developing countries. They are drawn from Kimmage DSC itself, other third level institutions, and from Development NGOs including Trócaire, Concern Worldwide, Comhlámh, Immigrant Council of Ireland and Afri. Watch Tom Campbell give a quick overview of the Evening Course in this short clip:


To Apply

The fee for Term 2 is €200. There is a concession rate of €100 available for people not in paid employment and not otherwise supported by an organisation.

You can pay online by debit/credit card or PayPal as part of the application process. You can also pay by direct bank transfer or cheque/postal order instead. We will send you details of alternative means of payment by email. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Kimmage Development Studies Centre’. Please don’t post cash. You can complete an online application form here.


This course does not carry academic credits but on completion all course participants are awarded an in-house certificate.


The Kimmage Development Education Monday evening course was excellent. We had different presenters and different topics every session. We had a wide variety of participants with good coffee-time chats and much genuine head searching. The debate between “Aid” and “Justice & Equality” was in the background and foreground at all times. Highly recommended course.

Maurice Hurley. Principal, Tyrrelstown E.T.N.S.


Applications close on the 3rd of January


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Understanding Development Evening Course – Term 2 – Contemporary Issues in Development

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