The Dóchas Awards are an opportunity to come together and celebrate the inspiring humanitarian and development work of individuals and organisations in the Dóchas network.
2019 is the UN Year of Moderation, highlighting the need for greater dialogue, tolerance and understanding. It also emphasises the importance of building effective relationships and working in collaboration with diverse actors towards a common goal. The theme for this year’s Dóchas Awards was celebrating Collaboration.
Each year the Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an exceptional individual to highlight and honour their commitment and inspirational work as a champion of international development and global justice. Past recipients include Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and David Donoghue, Ireland’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
The Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 recipient is Mary Lawlor, Founder and former Executive Director of Front Line Defenders, in recognition of her lifelong commitment and contribution to the international human rights movement. Mary is a current Board Member of Front Line Defenders and Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin.
The Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Mary at the Dóchas Awards ceremony on 23 October.
Dóchas Awards 2019 Categories
The Global Citizen Award acknowledges an outstanding individual, who shows leadership, courage and commitment and inspires and empowers others to work towards ending global injustices and inequality.
The Public Engagement Award will celebrate an effective communications piece or public engagement campaign. It recognises an organisation that actively and effectively engages the public on issues related to international development and humanitarian work, in a dignified, respectful manner, in line with the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages.
The Collaboration Award is a new award category celebrating the theme of this year’s awards, collaboration. It recognises an organisation that has demonstrated the importance of building effective relationships and working in collaboration with diverse actors, including promoting dialogue, tolerance, and understanding.
The theme of the Dóchas Awards 2019 Photography Competition is collaboration. Dóchas member organisations are invited to submit one photo that showcases the work of their organisation in relation to collaboration, dialogue, tolerance, or understanding. Twelve photos were selected and displayed at the Dóchas Awards ceremony on 23 October, and included in a Dóchas Calendar 2020.
Our judges for the Dóchas Awards 2019 were:
David Donoghue, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Martin Mackin, Director of the public affairs division Q4PR
Nina Arwitz, CEO Volunteer Ireland
If you have any questions relating to the Dóchas Awards 2019, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.