Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Irish Forum for International Agriculture Development (IFIAD) Agriculture and Nutrition Linkages Working Group meeting: 20 November, 10am, Gorta-Self Help Africa offices, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8

This meeting will focus on the following:

  • Up to date experiences on the local production of RUTF (ready to use therapeutic food) – Valid Nutrition

  • Overview of “Emergency Nutrition Network” and Field Exchange

  • Overview of the Irish Aid Development Programme (IALDP) – key finding and results – Gorta-Self Help Africa

All welcome! Please register with

(2) Annual Social Policy Conference 2017 - Society Matters: Reconnecting People and the State: 21 November, 9.30am - 5.30pm, Ash Suite, Croke Park, Dublin

In recent years we have seen increasing divisions within society and between people and the State.  Trust between people and the institutions established to serve them has been eroded.  Populism and the concept of “fake news” and a post-factual society are gaining traction. 

This important conference, hosted by Social Justice Ireland, will bring together national and international speakers to address these issues from a range of perspectives.

Themes will include

  • Creating a new Social Contract for an engaged society

  • Equality, Inequality and Society in Europe

  • Business, Unions and Society

  • Rural and Regional Communities

  • Sustainable development for sustainable societies

  • Public Participation and engagement in decision making

For further information and to register, please click here

(3) Development Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference 2017 - "Development through Rights: Theory, Policy and Practice in a Changing International Context”: 23-24 November, Education & Research Centre, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W

Keynote speaker - Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. 

For more details and to register, please click here

(4) Take Charge - Together Towards a Low Carbon Future: 23 November, Round Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Join the IIEA and ESB as experts will explore all facets of the successful integration of smart energy technologies and consumer engagement and empowerment, to see what’s in store for you in Ireland’s low carbon energy future. 

To view the full speaker line-up, and to purchase conference tickets at a special reduced rate, please visit the conference website

(5) Virtual Youth Work Conference - Games to Inspire in Youth Work and Global Development Education: 23-24 November, Cahir Castle, Co. Tipperary

The conference aims to showcase and nurture the potential of games to inspire, to motivate and to positively impact on the lives of young people in the context of Youth Work and Development Education. For further information and to register, please visit

(6) Migrant family reunification policy and practice conference: 27 November, Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

This full day conference will provide an opportunity to exchange information on family reunification schemes, in Ireland and abroad. Speakers from OECD, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration will provide international context. Drawing on the findings of a recently published European Migration Network study, the family reunification policy frameworks operational elsewhere in the EU will be discussed and compared. Insights on the family reunification system operational in Ireland will be provided by the responsible authorities as well as I/NGOs working in the field.

For further information, please click here

(7) Plan International Ireland – Child Safeguarding for International NGOs: 27 November, 1.30pm, The Schoolhouse Hotel, 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 

Plan International Ireland would like to invite interested organisations and individuals to a half-day session on child safeguarding for International NGOs. Plan International’s Global Head of Child Protection Policy will present on providing protection and preventing harm to children. The session will cover the following four areas:

1-    What is Safeguarding (as used by INGOs) and how does it differ from Protection Programming

2-    What are the drivers, benefits and relevance of safeguarding to the INGO sector (including case studies)

3-    An effective safeguarding framework – what does this look like

4-    Roles and Responsibilities for implementing a safeguarding framework.

The session is aimed particularly at managers and child safeguarding focal persons working in international NGOs. To register, please contact

(8)  Making the Invisible - Visible Workshop: 30 November, 6pm - 8pm, the Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier St., Dublin 2

This workshop will allow participants to discuss further topics regarding privilege, critical whiteness and racism within the volunteering sector. 

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(9) UCDVO Annual Conference 2017 - Development Education & Pathways to Change: 1 December, 10am - 4.30pm, Global Lounge, UCD

This year the 4th UCDVO Annual Conference will focus on the unique value of critical thinking and development education at University level. That is, education to facilitate a greater understanding of the challenges facing humanity and the interconnected nature of our world; and for individuals to develop the skills and determination to act for equality, both locally and globally.

The day will include guest speakers, a storytelling session and workshops on different themes. 

All welcome! Register online and follow us on Facebook to receive relevant updates and information on conference participants. 

(10)  #SDGchallenge Goal 3 - Good Health and Wellbeing: 4 December, 6pm - 8pm, Tipperary Community Centre, Michael Street, Tipperary Town, Co.Tipperary

Ensuring health lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Join us to discuss further this goal, what is not mentioned within the goal and possible actions which we can all take to contribute.

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(11) Akidwa seminar - Dare to Dialogue - Engaging Men and Faith Leaders to Combat Gender Based Violence: 5 December, 10am - 2pm, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, 16-22 Green Street, Dublin 7

This seminar is part of the 16 Days of Activism. For more information and to register, please contact Shamsun Nahar at

(12) Free Online Webinar: Finance Mechanisms to Achieve the SDGs: 6 December, 3pm - 4pm

Held ahead of the first Sustainable Investment Forum Europe on 13 March 2018 in Paris, this webinar will unite influential representatives from the investment community, policy makers and think tanks to discuss the challenges of funding the SDGs. 

Register here to join us and hear exclusive insights from high level panellists.

(13) Reducing and preventing gender based violence: how can we improve programme design?: 13 December, 9.30am - 3pm, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin

Christian Aid Ireland is hosting a seminar on programme design for interventions and responses to reduce and prevent the risk of gender based violence (GBV). This event will bring together stakeholders, practitioners and experts from different backgrounds to examine debates in understanding gender, how to influence a more equal distribution of power between genders, share case studies of programmatic approaches in different countries, identify trends and gaps, and discuss possible solutions. Christian Aid Ireland has invited two international speakers, Chloe Schwenke, Director of the Global Program on Violence, Rights and Inclusion with the International Centre for Research on Women; and Aishling Swaine, Assistant Professor with LSE, Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Attendance is free but space is limited, so please register your interest using this form.