Oxfam GB is a development non-government organization (NGO) that works with more than 1,000 partners globally to overcome poverty and suffering. It is an independent organisation (a registered charity in the UK), affiliated to Oxfam International, a global confederation of 18 Oxfam’s which share the same purpose and rights-based approach, working in more than 90 countries. Oxfam GB employs approximately 1,700 staff in and around 5,000 staff outside of Great Britain alongside more than 22,000 volunteers working in various roles throughout the organisation in Great Britain.
Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty, a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally. Oxfam GB’s Education Team supports this vision by offering a huge range of ideas, resources and support for developing global learning in the classroom and the whole school. All of the resources support Education for Global Citizenship – education that helps young people understand their world and make a positive difference in it.
Oxfam Italia is an Italian Development NGO, non-profit association and full member of Oxfam International, a global confederation of 18 Oxfam’s networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. Currently, Oxfam Italia has 48 employees, 185 project-based contracts, 41 interns and 2,413 volunteers.
The main areas of intervention of Oxfam Italia are: 1) Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. Oxfam Italia promotes and develops international cooperation projects in different areas of intervention: from agricultural and rural development, vocational training and education, to support interventions for health, strengthening of social public services and economic development to the local disaster prevention and environmental protection. Oxfam Italia operates in South East Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. 2) Campaigns and Education for Active Citizenship. In 2011, Oxfam launched a global campaign in Italy called GROW - life, food, planet. 3) Domestic Programme. Oxfam Italia carries out projects in local development, reception of migrants, social exclusion and integration of migrants and their access to services.
Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) is an NGO that has been operating for more than 20 years. The main areas of intervention of PAH are:
- Humanitarian and Development Aid.
The first humanitarian aid campaign for the besieged Sarajevo in December 1992 was the point of origin for the organisation. Since then PAH has helped in 44 countries around the globe, providing aid to hundreds of thousands of victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Currently PAH works in South Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine, Nepal and Poland helping those who are in need, regardless of their nationality, race, religion or views.
- Development Education and Social Campaigns.
PAH’s goal is to achieve the maximum involvement of the Polish society in providing aid for the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and poverty. Social campaigns, information materials and publications reach schools, journalists, politicians and millions of people in Poland. Alongside aid programmes, PAH carries out educational programmes about modern world phenomena and global interrelations. Projects address teachers, young people, journalists, and political decision-makers.
CARDET is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, research and development organization based in Cyprus with partners around the world. CARDET is one of the leading institutions in the Mediterranean region for research and development in education, innovation, ICT, global citizenship and social justice. The CARDET team strives to offer the highest quality research and development capabilities and educational opportunities to benefit society.
CARDET brings together an international team of experts with decades of global expertise in youth education, civic education, engagement and citizenship, instructional design, global education, e-learning, educational evaluation, adult education, and evaluation. Members of the CARDET team have successfully participated in more than 100 projects in more than 30 countries, several of which were supported by the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, Microsoft, The Commonwealth of Learning, international agencies and governments from around the world and particularly with various Ministries of Education. One of CARDET’s core-strengths is the ability to carefully plan, implement, execute and evaluate projects in various contexts.
The Development Education Research Centre at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has considerable experience in methodologies and approaches on how best to engage young people in issues, particularly global issues. It has advised and supported a number of NGO led projects in the UK including People and Planet's global awareness project and Relief International's Act Global project. Both projects involved young people through organising youth led residential events at which they devised and identified themes they wished to explore and gain greater understanding of. The role of the NGO was to facilitate this process.
Within the UCL Institute of Education, the specific body and individuals involved with this project are based in the Development Education Research Centre (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe-derc). This Centre acts as the knowledge hub for research on development education and related themes such as global citizenship education. It is recognised internationally as a leading research centre, producing a range of research reports, editing an academic journal the International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning, and running a range of conferences and events.