About the project About the project

As part of the EC’s Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme, iLEGEND II aims at strengthening global education/global development education where it is least established in the EU member States, candidate and potential candidate countries, by promoting dialogue, networking strategies, capacity building and exchange of education good practices.

The project is contributing to : 

  • Create, coordinate and facilitate spaces for dialogue and exchange of expertise, connecting the policy level with the grassroots level and its needs. 
  • Facilitate civil society representatives to reach out policy and decision makers. 
  • Open new possibilities in the targeted countries to develop initiatives in cooperation with stakeholders and peers nationally or regionally.
  • Integrate comprehensive capacity building activities.
  • In line with the UN 2030 agenda, to place CSO, young people and youth organisations at centre of the current vision for sustainable development.

The project supports the priorities of the European Union as laid out in the 2017 European Consensus for Development and the current 2014-2020 financing instrument for development cooperation.

To this end the project contributes to “an increased level of awareness in Europe regarding development issues and mobilising active public support in the Union, candidate and potential candidate for poverty reduction and sustainable development in partner countries”. The project also highlights the extent to which intercultural and global citizenship education related competences are mainstreamed in the CoE Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture.


  October 2019 - October 2022


 The European Commission's Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme, DEAR, supports projects that engage the EU public in worldwide issues of social, economic and environmental development. The DEAR programme works with civil society organisations and local authorities to promote universal values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law and enables the European public to make positive contributions to global development.

iLEGEND II: Intercultural Learning Exchange through Global Education, Networking and Dialogue (2019-2022)

Joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe: co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe.


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iLegend II aims to foster a better understanding of global issues and their economic, social, political, environmental and cultural interconnectedness among policy-makers, educators and youth workers and builds on the successes of iLegend, a three-year project that closed in July 2019. 

The first cycle of iLegend had three specific courses of action: 

Advocacy: towards the reinforcement of competences of educators as key agents for the effective implementation of SDG4. 

Capacity building: the transfer of knowledge through educators and peers about global development education competences and tools to support its dissemination.

Awareness rising: contributing to the reflection and understanding of each individual’s role within a globally interconnected society, with particular attention to young people. 

Based on the results of the consultation phase engaged with the Global Education Network and on the evaluation of the first cycle, iLegend II aims to: 

  • Engage more policy makers in all actions of the project. 
  • Reinforce competencies of educators.
  • Implement sub-granted awareness-raising actions/projects.
  • Reinforce the Global Education Network

The project, which has a budget of € 1.3 Million (75% sourced from the EU and 25% from the Council of the Europe), consists of two main components:

  • Institutional: providing spaces for dialogue among multiple stakeholders (representatives from governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities and civil society) with the aim to strengthen policy development and implementation in favour of global development education in targeted countries. This pillar consists of a series of regional seminars, microgrants for national projects and a final congress.
  • Capacity Building: the project invests in developing capacities not only of educators (formal and non-formal) and “youth multipliers”, but also of government officials from relevant ministries (Education, Youth, Foreign-Affairs). This pillar consists of a series of residential and online courses, together with the dissemination of pedagogical resources, i.e. the revised version of the Global Education Guidelines (GEG): a handbook for educators and policy makers to understand and implement GE concepts and methodologies.


iLEGEND is currently the main project of the North-South Centre's Global Education Programme


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Miguel Silva

Global Education Programme Manager

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During the Pan European Congress on Global Education 2022, five interviews were conducted with iLEGEND II beneficiaries working for the recognition of Global Education at international, European, regional, national, and local levels. While their action strategies reach different audiences, they all converge on one point: Global Education, when implemented at different scales, enables the development of education systems allowing everyone to address global challenges.

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