Dóchas Annual Conference 2014

Protecting Public Trust - Preparing the NGO sector for changing times

Thursday 1 May 2014, Croke Park Conference Centre

The aim of the 2014 Dóchas AGM conference was to help Dóchas members understand the depth and speed of changes in their work environment by confronting them with different perspectives of what change was needed, and what changes were already happening, in the sector.

Dóchas AGM 2014

Particular focus were 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.

An interesting video on how NGOs can respond to change is this one:


Read the conference report here 

Presentations from the Conference

Speakers at the Conference

  • Moderator: Tom McEnaney

Keynote Speeches: The importance of charity regulation, transparency & accountability

  • John McGuinness TD, Chairman of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee
  • Una Ní Dhubhghaill, CEO of the Charities Regulatory Authority
  • Gerard O’Neill, Amárach Research 
  • Response from Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam Ireland and Dóchas Chairperson 

Changing the way we communicate

  • Thomas Ravn Pedersen, Coordinator of The World’s Best News Denmark
  • Ben Jackson, CEO of BOND
  • John Kyne, COO of LikeCharity Connect

Useful Background Reading 

Other AGM Conference Themes 

In recent years, Dóchas has hosted AGM conferences on various topical themes:

  • 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.
  • 2010: New Voices in Development". This conference, attended by the Minister of State for Development and some 120 representatives from NGOs, corporates and academia, was aimed at many of the initiatives outside the Development NGO sector.