Dóchas Conference 2018 - Changing the Narrative: Building Support for Global Development

3 Thu, May 10:30 AM to 3 Thu, May 05:30 PM

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The Dóchas Conference 2018 - Changing the Narrative: Building Support for Global Development - will consider the challenges and opportunities to engage the Irish public in the fight against global poverty, inequality and injustice.

You will hear from expert speakers and participate in workshops to stimulate ideas and learning on how we can tell our story about the importance of global justice and equality. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite


The Dóchas Conference 2018 aims to:

  • Convene a space for members of civil society to discuss challenges and celebrate successes

  • Develop a narrative for change

  • Inspire greater collaboration



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The Conference will feature a diverse range of internationally-regarded speakers, including:

  • Heba Aly, Director, IRIN, who will explore the dangers of junk news, and how we need to find methods of talking about complex issues in an easier way

  • Dr Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General and CEO, CIVICUS, who will tell us why we, civil society, remain relevant, but that we need to build a dynamic global solidarity movement

  • Judith Greenwood, Executive Director, CHS Alliance, will consider how we can improve public trust and build a culture of greater accountability and transparency through standards and codes

  • Rafeef Ziadah, spoken word artist and human rights activist

Our MC for the day will be journalist and broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe


Breakout Sessions

Full Conference Programme coming soon.


Who should attend?

  • Dóchas members

  • Domestic and international civil society groups

  • Irish Aid and Government representatives

  • Diplomats

  • Activists and campaigners

  • Academics and researchers

  • Students, particularly those studying international development, politics, communications, equality studies, geography, sociology, law, history and environmental sciences

  • Social innovators and entrepreneurs

  • Members of the diaspora

  • Philanthropists



Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. It provides a forum for consultation and co-operation between its members and helps them speak with a single voice on development issues.

The Dóchas Conference has become one of the most valued annual events in the development sector calendar. It brings together over 200 leaders and innovators from across Irish civil society, government, academia and the private sector to challenge thinking and stimulate debate on crucial sectoral issues.



Early Bird ticket prices are only available until 16 March. After 16 March, Standard ticket prices will apply. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite

Dóchas aims to be an inclusive diverse network that respects the importance of all voices being heard. We are conscious that some people may not have the ability to pay or may need alternative payment arrangements. You may contact Anna Farrell, Dóchas Finance and Operations Manager, at anna@dochas.ie in confidence in this regard and we will do our best to accommodate you. 


If you have any general queries about this event, please contact media@dochas.ie.

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