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Who We Are

Development Perspectives is an independent Development Education non-governmental organisation (NGO) and registered charity (CHY18555). Development Perspectives is based in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland but works with partners all over both Ireland and the world.


To live in an equitable, just and sustainable world.


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Bobby McCormack -

Bobby Mc Cormack is the co-founder and CEO of Development Perspectives. In 2017, Bobby was the recipient of the Dóchas, “Global Citizen of the Year“. Bobby has produced 5 documentaries, is an avid Man United fan and loves Dogs. The newest addition to his family is Macha, a 'Good' Dane who might be 'Great' one day.

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Margaret Downey -

As one of the co-founders of Development Perspectives, Margaret has been involved in the organisation since 2006. Her academic background is in Health and Development. Margaret is currently the co-ordinator of the SDG Advocate Training which is part of the Saolta Programme. She is a qualified yoga teacher and massage therapist with a passion for the great outdoors, chess and canal barges.

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Deborah Conlon -

Deborah Conlon has been involved in Development Perspectives since 2010. Her current role includes managing all aspect of Development Perspectives Public Engagement. Deborah has BA in Design from DIT and a post-graduate certificate from DKIT in Digital Marketing and Digital Media Management. Outside of her work in Development Perspectives she is a member of the Louth Environmental Network and chairperson of the Dundalk BIDs. She loves being involved in creative projects, hot chocolate, reading and board games.

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Paul Crewe -

Paul Crewe has been involved with Development Perspectives since 2013 and currently works as the EU and Special Projects Officer. Paul holds BA (Honours) in Community Sports Leadership. Paul is a project coordinator of STIRE (Supporting the integration of the resettled), a project which aims to improve integration of refugees into host communities in Ireland. Paul also coordinates Erasmus+ projects which explore development education with youth workers. He has a passion for sport (every sport), travel and retro gaming.

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Annamaria Balazs has joined the team in 2019 as a Financial Officer. She is a qualified accountant from Hungary and currently converting her qualification into Irish ACCA. Annamaria is looking after the company financial operations, finance reports, budgets and accounting records. Annamaria also holds a BA (Hons) degree in PR, Marketing and Media management and BA (Hons) IT, Librarian and Broker Information.
Annamaria has lived in Ireland since 2006 and moved to Drogheda area in 2013, she loves the beaches near by and the beautiful countryside scenery. She is big into meditation and pranic healing, loves reading history books and traveling around the world.

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Katie Martin -

Katie Martin has been involved with Development Perspectives since 2018 contributing to the social media platforms of the #SDGchallenge. She is now Project Coordinator for WorldWise Global Schools and is excited to share her passion for Global Active Citizenship with students and teachers.
Katie is undertaking her BA in International Relations and has a keen interest in sustainability and activism. Having been a member of Comhlamh’s Trade Justice Group since 2017, she is a passionate advocate of creating awareness around our global structures and their effects in our everyday lives. Lover of sea-swimming, running, reading, writing and traveling.

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Nick Doran -

Nick Doran is currently working as Project Officer with 'Saolta. His background is in Media and Critical Linguistics which he has taught at youth groups and universities. He’s passionate about equality and sustainability, has published numerous pieces on unequal power distribution in society, and is predisposed to spontaneous debate! Nick kayaks, is an adventure fanatic, a board games aficionado, and kimchi lover!

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Hanna Oberdorfer has joined Development Perspectives in October 2019 in the position of trainer for 'Saolta’, DP’s new strategic partnership project. Her background is in Education, Diversity, and Conflict Studies, and she has spent the last years providing training in various settings and countries, with people from a variety of backgrounds. Hanna is very passionate about social justice, equity and sustainability, and follows these ideas and values in her professional and personal life. She also loves travelling, languages, music, going for walks along the coast, and has recently discovered the joys of baking her own bread.

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Maria Gonzalez-

Maria Gonzalez has joined Development Perspectives team this year, working on AMIF funded project STIRE (Supporting the integration of the resettled). Maria holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Msc. in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). Her main professional experience has been working for the social inclusion of vulnerable populations such as persons with disabilities, mental health and refugees. She considers herself as passionate about human rights. In her free time, Maria loves to relax, explore self-awareness and meditation techniques.

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Mark Kearns -

Mark Kearns is the newest member of the Development Perspectives Team, having joined as Research Officer in September 2020. Mark has a background in Adult and Community Education as well as in Higher Education and has been involved in a number of research projects related to these areas. In his spare time Mark coaches underage soccer as well as enjoying outdoor pursuits such as hillwalking, kayaking and cycling.

Board of Management

Michael Doorly (Chair)

Michael Doorly is a secondary school teacher by training who has taught in Papua New Guinea, Trinidad and with the Ojibway people in Canada's North. During the Rwandan genocide, he worked in refugee camps in neighbouring Tanzania. He has been working in Development Education in Ireland for over 20 years. He is the head of Active Citizenship in Concern and is the former chair of Fairtrade Ireland and the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA).

Elaine Cronin (Governance and Finance Committee)

Elaine Cronin has over fourteen years' experience in the not-for-profit arts and culture sector, and currently holds the positions of General Manager of An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk and Co-Chair of Drogheda Arts Festival. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design (BA, HDip CAEd), University College Dublin (MA) and the Institute of Public Administration (BBS), Elaine is also a part-qualified accountant, currently completing professional accountancy exams through the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Libby Sweetman (Governance and Finance Committee)

Libby Sweetman, M.I.A.T.I completing BA Hons in (Acc & Fin), has over 15 years accounting experience, including 6 years in Zimbabwe, Libby has over 20 years’ involvement in community development and voluntary work and has participated in development education programmes including Development Perspectives’ “Insight 2015”, Community Work in a Changing Ireland and EU Peace III Positive Relations, Peace & Reconciliation Diploma.

Maeve McArdle (Governance Committee)

Maeve McArdle B.Comm, MBS, PH.D
Lecturer in the School of Business and Humanities at Dundalk Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at Heilbronn University, Germany. An experienced lecturer and fundraiser with previous involvement in community volunteering. Current research interests lie in social marketing, sustainable consumption and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gráinne O'Callaghan

Gráinne is a Solicitor specialising in the fields of Regulatory, Planning and Environment law. Alongside this, Gráinne takes an active role in development education and participated in the Development Perspectives 2017 Insight Program and the Development Perspectives 2018 SDG Advocate Program. In addition, Gráinne has attended Treaty negotiations in the United Nations with Trócaire, participated in a Youth Advocacy course with Civicus and completed a Youth Internship with AIESEC Tanzania. Gráinne's eagerness to learn stems from a desire to expose her blind spots, challenge her once conventional perspective on the world and become a better global citizen. To offset the adrenalin which this journey instils, Gráinne spends her spare time cycling the Wicklow hills!

Jen Murphy

Jen Murphy is an Anthropologist, Educator and Innovator. She has worked in the INGO sector in Ireland for 15 years, 13 of which she spent in Trócaire, most recently as Development Education Manager and Innovation Team Lead. Jen’s passion for Development Education and global justice is rooted in her bones. She is also committed to the holistic arts as a Feminine Embodiment Coach and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Her current passion project focuses on Irish Mythology and indigenous ancestral wisdom, and how this might be weaved into feminine embodiment practices as an exploration of personal power for women.

Mark Deary

Mark Dearey is a Green Party representative on Louth County Council and a former member of Seanad Eireann.He has been an active environmentalist all his adult life and recognises that environmental degradation and social injustice inevitably go hand in hand and are the out working of a profound global market failure. Mark has wide experience on a number of NGO Boards including Friends of the Earth Ireland, of which he was a founding Director. He is in business in Dundalk and is married to Laura. They have 4 children and live in Omeath in Co Louth.

Bryan Harvey (Finance Committee)

My background is Finance. Degree in Business Studies from Waterford IT.
Lived and worked in Boston for 7 years after college Worked for State Street Corporation in Boston in Mutual funds Moved back to Ireland in 2003 and worked for Int'l Fund Services until 2016. Have been working for Arena Financial Services since as a financial consultant. Currently studying for my post grad in Financial planning by night.

Paddy Reilly

Paddy Reilly has designed and currently presents courses in Participatory Adult Learning and Facilitation for Change as part of the MA in International Development, and facilitates students undertaking primary research in development-related areas. On the undergraduate programme, Paddy presents the modules Leadership and Working with Groups, Ethical Approaches to Working in Development, and Facilitating Development Education. He has a passionate interest in transformative and collaborative learning and people-centred development, and this shapes his pedagogical and research approaches and interests. Paddy worked with the Kimmage Development Studies Centre for many years, including as Executive Director from 1995 to 2013.

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