Core Values

Our members have a vision of how society could be, and they work to create a world where justice, equality, solidarity and respect for human rights are the norm.

Our work as Dóchas is driven by this vision and a belief that our support for people and organisations in developing countries can bring about real and positive change.

Dóchas, Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations, What is an NGO

Dóchas is a network. A meeting place of organisations committed to tackling poverty and inequality around the world.

Dóchas members have chosen to work together, because they share a commitment to these core principles behind their work:


  • Putting people at the heart of development;
  • Learning, evolving and changing by sharing experiences and expertise;
  • Encouraging everyone to believe they can be an agent of change;


  • Working together, in different but complementary ways, towards common goals;
  • Setting - and applying - standards of accountability and integrity;


  • Increasing impact by advocating for structural change;
  • Putting local challenges in a global context.

Read more about us, our members and the way we are organised by clicking on the links in the menu on the right of this page. 

And find out about our key strategic partners, such as Irish Aid and EU-wide NGO coordination structure, CONCORD.