Dochas Annual Conference 2015 Workshops

Dóchas Annual Conference 2015 – ‘Seek to Innovate: Prepare for Change’

Croke Park Conference Centre, Jones’ Road, Dublin 3.

Thursday 07 May    1.30pm – 5.15pm (registration 1pm)

Please note the Conference is now fully subscribed but we still have limited places available in the workshops. To book a workshop only place on one of the workshops below please contact

The second half of Dóchas’ 2015 Annual Conference will be broken into delegate-chosen group workshop sessions on specific topics of interest. Each session will be 30 minutes in duration, chaired by a Dóchas board member, and will call upon a number of contributors to speak on and discuss the topic in question.

The Chair of each session will be an Active Chair, guiding the session but also contributing to the discussion from the perspective of the organisation they represent.

Workshop 1: What are the essential elements of an innovative campaign?

Time: 3.55pm

Duration: 30 minutes

In an increasingly crowded campaigning environment, creative approaches are essential for mobilising supporters, capturing the public imagination and driving change. Globally, we  already see plenty of innovation in advocacy, from new themes that NGO’s are addressing (e.g. a range of tax campaigns in the wake of the financial crisis) to new platforms and methods of campaigning (online outfits such as

This session will look at the innovative ways NGOs can better engage with the Irish Public.


  • Chair: Rosamond Bennett,Christian Aid

  • Edel McCarthy, ‘Powering Kindness’ Campaign Group Sponsorship & Activation Manager, Electric Ireland & ESB

  • Sorley McCaughey,Head of Policy and AdvocacyChristian Aid.

Workshop 2The Future of Development

Time: 3.55pm

Duration: 30 minutes

With the SDGs set to replace the MDGS during this, the European Year for Development 2015, the time is ripe to consider how international development will progress over the coming decades, how changing technologies and changing priorities will alter the course of progress.


  • Chair: David Dalton,Plan Ireland

  • Seamus Jeffreson,Director,CONCORD Europe

  • Dr. Susan Murphy,Assistant Professor in Development Practice,Trinity College Dublin.

Workshop 3: NGO’s and Corporate Investment.

Time: 3.55 pm

Duration: 30 minutes

Directors have a high duty of care, particularly when managing a charity or NGO’s funds, and this workshop is designed to show how compliance (in a similar sector) can impact on Directors of such not-for-profit entities. Goodbody Corporate Investment will provide delegates with advice on market strategies to help manage their funds, on how to set up and manage investment portfolios which will meet the organisations’ objectives over their investment term, and on what to look for when engaging an advisor.

This session will provide information and advice on investments within the new regulated regime.


  • Michelle O’Keefe, Head of Goodbody Advisory Services

  • Karl Goggin, Director of Investment

  • Goodbody Advisory Services

Workshop 4: Challenging the role of NGOs: ICTs and changing practice in international development

Time: 4.30pm

Duration: 30 minutes

The world is a rapidly-changing place. Scientific and technological advances are taking place at such a breathtaking pace that it can be difficult to keep up. In this new era the traditional actors and solutions in international development are being constantly questioned, challenged and required to deliver new ideas and new results. Examples abound in the private sector of how new technologies can render entire industries irrelevant - the virtual disappearance of record shops, for example.

This session will look at how the development sector can embrace new technology.


  • Chair: John Fitzsimons, Camara.

  • Declan Kirrane, Managing Director, Intelligence in Science.

  • Alex Pigot, Joint Founder, Addressing the Unaddressed

Workshop 5: Beyond Charity: Innovative NGO - Private Sector Partnerships

Time: 4.30pm

Duration: 30 minutes

Development Goals - a new global agreement on how to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, including poverty, inequality and environmental destruction. 

There appears to be increasing consensus that the private sector must become more involved in the design and implementation of new development goals, particularly as economic growth, trade and jobs are high on the agenda. Rather than looking at the private sector as competitors, how can we develop new partnerships?


  • Chair: Alan Moore, Irish League of Credit Unions Development Foundation

  • Frank Phillips, Programme Support Co-Ordinator, Gorta – Self Help Africa

  • John Weakliam, CEO, Vita.

Workshop 6: #Money: How to make your social media presence matter

Time: 4.30pm

Duration: 30 minutes

Social media is increasingly becoming the main platform on which organisations interact with their followers and the public. It offers a cost-effective and readily accessible advocacy and fundraising platform. But, what makes the difference for campaigns that ‘go viral’? At a time when the internet is laden with fundraisers – No Make-Up Selfies and Ice Buckets stand out as the success stories from the last year. How can you follow suit?

Irish Charity Lab will host a tutorial seminar on how to make your social media profiles work for you, turning efforts into results. 


  • Chair: Hans Zomer, Dóchas

  • Jean O’Brien, Co-Ordinator,

  • Irish Charity Lab.