Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) CONCORD Webinar - Blending for Development - Development Aid used for Private Investments: Getting to grips with the European External Investment Plan: 19 January, 2pm

The webinar will be dedicated to understanding what is blending and how the EU is doing it. Join the webinar to find out what the European External Investment Plan is all about, how it affects your work, how it affects aid quantity and quality and how to get involved. The list of speakers include Hilary Jeune, Oxfam International, Jeroen Kwakkenbos, Eurodad and Alexandra Makaroff, Plan International.

If interested, please register via the following link.

(2) ODI - Trade and developing economies, a post-Brexit blueprint: 23 January, 10-11.30am, London and streamed online

This event, hosted in partnership with the Centre for International Economic Law, Trade, and Development, will seek to examine issues surrounding post-Brexit international trade by bringing together internationally-renowned economists and trade law experts to discuss: what are the options for new UK and EU trade policies after Brexit? How might these affect the development of African economies, and what are the legal implications? And for the UK, how can the delivery of development results abroad be reconciled with protection of neglected regions and sectors at home?

For further details and to register please click here.

(3) European Movement Ireland - Briefing on the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU: 25 January, 12.30pm, Italian Room, The Department of the Taoiseach, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2

At this event, EM Ireland members will receive an overview of the plans and priorities of the Maltese Presidency, which will take over from the Slovak Presidency on 1 January 2017 and will run until 30 June 2017. Minister of State for European Affairs, Data Protection and EU Digital Single Market, Dara Murphy TD will discuss Ireland's current relations with the EU and what we can expect for the rest of this year. 

To RSVP for this event, please contact the EM Ireland team: T: +353 (0)1 662 5815, E:

(4) Seminar on protection of civilians by peacekeeping operations: 26 January, 10am-4.30pm, Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12

The one-day event entitled “Protection of Civilians: Challenges for peacekeeping and humanitarian organisations” is for practitioners and researchers. It is organised by the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (Dublin City University) and Kimmage Development Studies Centre. Topics include the changing mandate for Protection of Civilians (PoC), lessons from recent crises, and the constraints faced by peace support operations. Speakers include Prof Siobhán Wills, (Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University), Prof Ray Murphy (Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway), and practitioners from the humanitarian community.

Further details here including link for registration. Enquiries to

(5) ODI - South Sudan at another crossroads: 26 January, 3pm - 4.30pm, London or streamed online

This event explores the current humanitarian and development challenges in South Sudan, drawing on the latest issue of the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine. Why did the country fail to avoid this escalation of violence and instability? What options are available to the international community? And what must be done in the short term to protect those affected by the conflict?

For further details and to register please click here.

(6) IIEA - Peace Building in a Divided World: What is the Role of UN Peacekeeping?: 27 January, 12.45pm, 8 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1

Keynote address by Dr. Renata Dwan, Chief of the Policy and Best Practices Service in the United Nations’ Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support. In a divided world with record levels of people affected by long-running conflicts, what is the role of UN peacekeeping and how should success be measured? In her speech, Dr. Dwan will look to answer these questions and at the priorities and challenges for UN peacekeeping in sustaining peace.

If you wish to register your interest in this event, please reply to, mentioning the [Dwan] event in the subject line of your email or by phone on +353-1-8746756.

(7) LYCS and LASC presents Indigenous Voices & the Struggle for Natural Resources: 31 January, 10am-2pm, venue tbd

A free half-day workshop for community leaders, activists, environmentalists, artists, singers and anyone interested in development, culture and sustainability. We will focus on music and voice and other forms of cultural expression as a means of exploring the belief systems of native and grassroots people from around the world. You don’t have to be a singer or musician to take part. Our focus will be especially on what indigenous voices can teach us about an alternative model of development and a more harmonious relationship with the earth. For more info see here:

(8) Carmichael Centre Advocacy Initiative Forum: 1 February, 9.30am - 2pm, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8

The Carmichael Centre in association with Barnardos and the Disability Federation of Ireland will host a Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on Advocacy.  This free event will take participants through a process on the day modelled on the five elements of the 'Social Justice Advocacy Indicators' tool: 1) Engagement, 2) Agenda Setting, 3) Formal Change, 4) Implementation and 5) Lived Experience. 

To book online please visit:

(9) Society for Irish Latin American Studies - Sixth Biannual Conference: 16-18 February, Havana, Cuba

The Conference will be co-hosted by the Oficina del Historiador de La Habana and the Colegio Universitario de San Gerónimo.. The conference seeks to bring together scholars from across disciplines who are interested in connections between Ireland, Cuba, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Iberian Peninsula.

The timing of the conference coincides with the first Irish presidencial visit to Cuba. As part of the programme for the official visit. It is envisage that Dr. Michael D-Higgins, President of Ireland and the Patron of SILAS will give the keynote address. For further information click here.

(10) Globalisation & Inequality development education training workshop for community activists, workers and educators: 23 February, 10am-4pm, Carmelite Community Centre, Dublin 2

A one-day workshop exploring rising inequality in Ireland and around the world, its causes and consequences, and what can be done about it.  As Europe and the US are witnessing a rise in xenophobia and nationalism and a backlash against globalisation, many are asking what the relationship is between globalisation and inequality. And how does this contribute to the discontent giving rise to this political shift we are seeing. In this workshop you will have an opportunity to participate in activities and exercises that will help you explore the issue of growing inequality in the context of globalisation with others.  

For further information contact Helena Mc Neill at or visit

(11) Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development: 1-3 March, World Conference Centre, Bonn, Germany

The Global Festival of Ideas is the first in a series of annual forums, hosted by the UN SDG Action Campaign and supported by the Federal Government of Germany. The Festival brings together leading thinkers, policy-makers and civil society, together with gaming experts and policy simulators, to deliver the world’s first playable policy conference.

For further information visit

(12) Bond Annual Conference: 20-21 March, London

Join 1,000 international development and humanitarian professionals, influencers and big thinkers on 20-21 March to debate the critical issues, emerging trends and current challenges.

This is a time of unprecedented change. The impact of Brexit is unknown, there are upcoming elections in other EU member states and a new President in the US. DFID's funding mechanisms have changed fundamentally and the space in which civil society organisations operate is squeezed. Bond's conference addresses the implications of these and other challenges. Hear from keynote speakers including Secretary of State Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, British Council chief executive Sir Ciarán Devane, and Jan Egeland, Norwegian Refugee Council secretary general and UN Special Advisor on Syria, and choose from 30 breakout sessions designed to build your skills and knowledge.

For further information click here.