Dóchas Awards Photo Competition 2019

As 2019 is the UN Year of Moderation – highlighting the importance of dialogue, tolerance, understanding and cooperation – the theme of this year’s Dóchas Awards is collaboration. To celebrate this theme, Dóchas member organisations were invited to submit one photo that showcases the work of their organisation in relation to dialogue, tolerance, understanding and cooperation. 

Twelve photos were selected and a Dóchas calendar was produced, showcasing one photo for each month of the year. The photos were displayed at the Dóchas Awards 2019 ceremony.

Concern - Namoruru supports Nasibo, Kenya

Concern Worldwide

Nasibo discussing her birth plan with Namoruru, her birth partner and former traditional birth attendant in Leyai Village, Marsabit, Kenya. Namoruru, is a mother of six and a Concern supported community ‘birthing partner’.  In this role she offers health and nutritional advice, as well as advice through her personal experiences to expectant mothers. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide (February 2017).


Plan International Ireland - Tanzania

Plan International Ireland

A girl smiling at an Early Childhood Care and Development Centre, established by Plan International in Kibaha District, Tanzania. Photo: Hendri Lombard/Plan International (April 2019).


Brighter Communities Worldwide - Kenya

Brighter Communities Worldwide

Members of the Kapngetuny Women in Coffee group alongside Brighter Communities Worldwide Staff marching, dancing and singing in celebration of International Womens Day in Kipteres Village, Kericho County, Kenya. Photo: Maria Kidney (March 2019).


Trócaire - Guatemala


The Maya Q'eqchi women of Sepur Zarco, Guatemala, who experienced sexual violence and sexual slavery at the hands of the military for periods of six months to six years. Trócaire provided support to the women and a delegation visited Sepur Zarco on the day they were celebrating the third anniversary of a trial verdict that saw two senior military figures found guilty of crimes against humanity. Photo: Mark Stedman (February 2019).


ActionAid Ireland - Kenya

Action Aid

Brenda, from Kishushe in Kenya, was identified as a ‘hard to reach’ potential beneficiary and has been able to participate in Women’s Rights Programme meetings. ActionAid and partners in the Irish Aid funded Women’s Rights Programme (Ethiopia, Kenya and Nepal) have been collaborating with the Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC), University College London since 2017.  Photo: Caroline Nkirote/ActionAid (September 2019).


Vita - Ethiopia


Community members in Molle village cluster, Mirab Abaya, SNNPR, Ethiopia developing a plan for their village to transition to cleaner, sustainable cookstoves. Natural leader Ms. Simegn Lema listens to input from her neighbors and writes it down. Photo: Aparupa Datta (November 2018).


Misean Cara - Mozambique

Misean Cara

Youth leaders from the De la Salle Brothers’ CEALS project in Beira, Mozambique, which empowers young people from marginalised communities through a life-skills programme to learn their rights and duties to others. Photo: Misean Cara (January 2019).


CBM International - Ethiopia

CBM International

Wheelchair technicians Alemayhu (left), and Ayal (right) working on a new tricycle at the workshop of CBM partner Cheshire Foundation Action on Inclusion in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Alex had polio as a child and has been building inclusive assistive devices for over 16 years. Photo: Daniel Hayduk/CBM (March 2019).


GOAL - Ethiopia


GOAL Ambassador Dr. Ciara Kelly reaches out the hand of friendship to Nadul, a South Sudanese refugee, and her daughter Aida (alias), in Tierkadi refugee camp, Itang, Gambella, Western Ethiopia. Photo: Anteneh Tadele / GOAL (August 2019).


ILCU Foundation - Sierre Leone

ILCU Foundation

CEOs from Irish credit unions pictured providing support and sharing their knowledge and skills with their peers in the credit union movement in Sierra Leone. ILCU’s 3 year Irish Aid-funded project is focused on increasing credit union membership to ensure more people, especially women and those living in rural communities, are financially included. Photo: Sinéad Lynam (May 2019).


Front Line Defenders - South Africa

Front Line Defenders

Human rights defenders & protesters with #UniteBehind campaign protest on the outskirts of CapeTown, South Africa, demanding a scrap metal company end the black market and stop paying individual metal collectors, who expose children and communities to health and safety risks. Photo: Adam Shapiro (July 2018).


Proudly Made in Africa - Uganda

Proudly Made in Africa

Pineapple farmer and co-op Manager Wasana, of Kangulumira area co- operative (KACE), Uganda, showing his farm. The main beneficiaries in this co-operative project are rural farmers (co-operators) whose livelihoods have been improved through value addition of the fruit. Photo: Feena Kirrkamm (July 2019).