Dóchas Awards 2018 - Nominations Open

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Nominations for the Dóchas Awards 2018 are now open!

The Dóchas Awards celebrate the amazing work of our members and the inspirational individuals who bring about meaningful change through their tireless work to eradicate global poverty and inequality. The Awards recognise those unsung heroes who embody the willingness to share, learn, inspire those around them and improve how we work.

Find out how you can submit a nomination below. The closing date for entries is 24 September 2018. Winners will be announced at the Dóchas Awards ceremony on 29 November 2018 in Blackhall Place, Dublin.

Each year the Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to an exceptional individual to highlight and honour their commitment and inspirational work as a champion of international development and global justice.

The Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 will be awarded to Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. Mary Robinson served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. This award will be presented to Mary Robinson at the Dóchas Awards ceremony on 29 November 2018.

Dóchas Award Categories

Do you know someone who inspires and motivates you and is a true leader in the quest for global justice? – Nominate for the Dóchas Global Citizen Award!

Do you know an individual or an organisation working in an extremely challenging environment, showing courage, perseverance and respect for human rights? – Nominate for the Dóchas Humanitarian Award!

Do you know of a positive communications campaign, based on the values of respect, equality, solidarity and justice? – Nominate for the Dóchas Respect and Equality in Communications Award!

Do you know of an organisation or programme that is taking creative, forward-thinking, innovative approaches in their work? – Nominate for the Dóchas Innovation Award!

Read the reflections on the Dóchas Awards 2017 from last year's winners.

Dóchas Awards Photo Competition

At this year’s Dóchas Awards, we will showcase the work of our members through the visual art of photography. If you work or volunteer for a Dóchas member and have a keen eye, then we are asking you to dig out your camera and get creative! Find out more and submit.

Find out more and nominate

The deadline for entries is 24 September 2018. Finalists will be announced in the Autumn. Winners will be announced at the Dóchas Awards ceremony and Christmas Party on 29 November 2018 in Blackhall Place, Dublin.

Nominated individuals should be currently working or volunteering with a Dóchas member organisation, be actively engaged in an initiative in the area of global solidarity and/or international development, and actively broadening the movement of people working for global justice. Applicants, if shortlisted, must be able to attend the Awards ceremony on 29 November 2018 in Blackhall Place, Dublin.

Nominated organisations should be existing member or associate member organisations of Dóchas. The nominated project/programme must meet the criteria detailed under the relevant nomination category. 

You can make multiple nominations, and you are free to nominate your own organisation or campaign for an award.

All nominations will be submitted to a selection committee, which will draw up a shortlist of candidates. The award winners will be chosen from this shortlist by an external judging panel.