80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World is an Irish-based registered charity founded in 1996 promoting popular education on human development and human rights. For 80:20, education is fundamental to understanding the shape and nature of our unequal world, to interacting with that world as well as to imagining and shaping a different world.

Current programmes include:

  • Preparation of 80:20 Development in an Unequal World, 7th edition, co-publishing with the New Internationalist in autumn 2016
  • Maintaining a key online development education reference point in Ireland, www.developmenteducation.ie as a partnership-based project guided and financed by a consortium of non-governmental organisations including Aidlink, Concern Worldwide, Gorta-Self Help Africa, the Irish Development Education Association, the National Youth Council of Ireland and Trócaire. Developmenteducation.ie is also part-funded by Irish Aid, the Irish Government's programme for overseas development (the views expressed on this website are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Irish Aid)
  • Co-delivering a week-long annual human rights summer school in partnership with the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies.
  • Consultancy activities and initiatives in development and human rights education such as resource productions, workshops, evaluations and capacity building work


  • Tony Daly, Co-ordinator
  • Ciara Regan, Education and Research Officer

80:20 commissions and works with a wide range of consultants as part of its human rights and educational projects and programmes, including:

  • Dan Bartley
  • Dylan Creane
  • Toni Pyke
  • Grace McManus
  • Colm Regan
  • Karl O' Sullivan
  • Ray O' Sullivan

Network initiatives

80:20 is an active member across a range of network initiatives. These include: