GENE (Global Education Network Europe) is the European network of Ministries and Agencies responsible for support, funding and policy-making in the field of Global Education. Started in 2001 with 6 national structures from 6 countries, GENE now has grown to include over 40 Ministries, Agencies and other national bodies, from over 25 countries.

Global Education Network Europe


GENE facilitates policy learning through multilateral Roundtables. GENE Roundtable 35 took place in Florence, Italy from the 13th to 15th of October, hosted by the Italian Agency for Development Co-operation.
The event brought together GENE participants from all over Europe, and saw the first ever participation of colleagues from Korea, who shared their experience of Global Education in the region. Roundtable 35 also saw the launch of several new publications and initiatives, including the State of Global Education 2015 report, the book Global Education in Europe Revisited, the GENE Increase Programme and a GENE Policy Paper on Crosscutting Issues.

The Peer Review of Belgium

Following a Secretariat visit in March, the GENE Peer Review of Global Education in Belgium took place in May 2016. Observations and Recommendations have been formulated and shared with Belgian stakeholders. The Peer Review of Belgium will be launched in late 2016.

Global Education in Ireland Report Launch

The GENE Peer Review National Report of Global Education in Ireland was officially launched by Minister of State Séan Sherlock in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offices in Dublin, Ireland, on 24th November 2015. Addressing the launch, Minister Sherlock stated:

Development Education is an area of special interest for me and I am keenly aware of the work being done to engage the coming generation who will take up the fight against global hunger, poverty and injustice….I am confident that the GENE Report will help us to enhance and strengthen Development Education in the future and to build the capacity of the Development Education community in Ireland”.

The Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Damien English, also spoke at the launch, he emphasised that relations between the Department of Education and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have grown and will continue to strengthen, concerning Development Education. The international team to the review process was composed of Dr. Helmuth Hartmeyer, Chair of GENE and formerly of the Austrian Development Agency, Austria; Ms. Liisa Jȁȁskelȁinen, the National Board of Education, Finland; Ms. Alexandra Allen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Luxembourg; Mr. Dirk Bocken, Belgian Technical Cooperation, Belgium; and from the secretariat Mr. Eddie O’Loughlin, Coordinator GENE. The Peer Review Process on Global Education in Ireland consulted and involved Irish Ministries, Agencies, Non-governmental Organisations, Civil Society and other sectors. The report gives an overview of the state of Global Education in Ireland and outlines key observations and recommendations for the future.
For the Report



Global Education in Europe Revisited

GENE published the book ‘Global Education in Europe Revisited in autumn 2016. It builds on and updates the previous edition Global Education in Europe from 2013. Published through Waxmann Publishers, further details are available below.

Peer Review of Portugal

The GENE Peer Review National Report of Global Education in Portugal was officially launched in the Portuguese National Parliament on 28th October 2014. For the Report

Espoo Finland Symposium Conclusions 2014

Symposium Conclusions attached.

Finland Peer Review Follow-up Report 2011

GENE Peer Review Follow-Up Report was launched in March 2011, at the Ministry of Education offices in Helsinki, concerning the Peer Review of Global Education in Finland. Speaking at the launch, Professor Rauni Rasanen welcomed the report and its findings. For the report

International Symposium on GE, 5-7 May 2014, Finland

An International Symposium titled “The Education of Global Citizens: Discovering the Potential of Partnerships”, took place from 5-7th May 2014 in Espoo, Finland. This was organised by the Finnish National Board of Education, in cooperation with GENE and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For the Symposium Conclusions please see note under ‘Select Publications’. For further details on the event itself, including video clips from the symposium, please

The Hague International Symposium on Global Education 2012

The Hague International Symposium on Global Education: Enhancing Quality, Improving Coherence, Increasing Cohesion, took place in The Hague, The Netherlands from 15-17th November 2012. It was organised by GENE, hosted by NCDO and supported by the European Commission. The event also marked 10 years of sharing policy learning through GENE, 10 years since the Maastricht Congress on Global Education, and looked forward to further strengthening such policy learning over the next 10 years. For The Hague Conclusions

Peer Review of Norway Report

For an overview of Global Education in Norway, see the GENE Peer Review National Report.

Quality in Global Education Report

Published in November 2008 this gives an overview of evaluation policy and practice.

Peer Review National Report on Global Education in Slovakia

The GENE Peer Review National Report on Global Education in Slovakia was launched in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offices, Bratislava, Slovakia, in February 2014.

Espoo Finland Symposium Report & Conclusions 2011

For the symposium report and conclusions

Peer Review of Poland Report

For an overview of Global Education in Poland, see the GENE Peer Review National Report.