New Voices in Development
23 April 2010, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin
On 23 April, Dóchas hosted a conference entitled New Voices in Development, which brought together established and emerging development organisations with southern voices and representatives of the private sector, philanthropy and academia. The aim of the conference was to provide a forum for discussion between these groups to encourage cooperation between them and improve their collective understanding of what works.
- Read the Conference report here
- Read the full programme of the conference
- Press release: Aid agencies welcome growing number of Irish initiatives fighting global poverty
- All photographs of the conference are available here
- 'The 20th Century Has Left the Building: Time to Reimagine Development' By Lawrence Haddad, Director of the Institute of Development Studies (Brighton), President of the UK and Ireland's Development Studies Association, Leader of Reimagining Development
- 'Private (Development) Initiatives - New Actors in Development' By Sara Kinsbergen, Researcher, Author of The Anatomy of Private Development Initiatives
- 'Connect Ethiopia - An Irish business initiative for Trade & Partnership' By Philip Lee, Founder of Connect Ethiopia, and Aidan Magner, M/A Com Tech
- 'The SCOOP foundation' - - 'Looking out for the little guy' By Andrew Sweeney, Founder of The SCOOP Foundation
- 'NGOs Aid Effectiveness' By Paul Collier, Author of The Bottom Billion, Professor of Economics, Director for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford
To watch a video of the conference click here
- Jim Corbett, Managing Director of Bewley's
- Justin Kilcullen, Director, Trocaire
- Moore McDowell, Economics Lecturer and Commentator
- H.E. Zerihun Retta, Ethiopian Ambassador to Ireland
- In S. Africa's Orphanages, Is Doing Good Really Bad? (npr)
- Save Haiti from aid tourists (The Guardian)
- Watch Paul Collier's TED talk on the Bottom Billion
- A Wave of Change: How Irish NGOs will Sink or Swim
- 'Business as usual' (Tim Bishop in The Networker)
- 'Business Engagement in Humanitarian Relief' (Andrea Binder and Jan Martin Witte)
- How is the aid industry like a recital? A defense of aid (Aidwatch)
- Paul Collier: The crisis in Haiti shows we need a new approach to NGOs (The Independent)
- How to Fix Haiti's Fixers (Foreign Policy)
- Best in Aid: The Grand Prize (Aidwatch)
- Quality employment key to poverty alleviation (UN)
- 6 Reasons NOT to start a New Nonprofit Organization (Sandra Sims in Step By Step Fundraising)
Read more on what Dóchas and NGOs do about Development Effectiveness in our resource page
Other AGM Conference Themes
In recent years, Dóchas has hosted AGM conferences on various topical themes:
- 2014: "Protecting Public Trust - Preparing the NGO sector for changing times": focus was placed on the importance of regulation, transparency and accountability and on recent initiatives to help NGOs re-think their public engagement strategies in the face of evidence of shifting public attitudes.
- 2013: “Transparency In Action” aimed specifically at an NGO audience, this conference was attended by some 60 NGO representatives interested in tools to enhance NGO reporting methodologies.
- 2012: “Creatively Communicating Complex Ideas About Development”. Attended by the Minister of State for Development and some 95 senior representatives from Irish Aid, NGOs and communications companies.
- 2011: “Guaranteed Irish”, targeted a more specific NGO audience, and examined changing roles of NGOs. The conference was attended by 75 sector leaders and academics.