Forthcoming Events

The Forthcoming Events section is part of Dóchas Wednesday News, which also includes job openings, volunteer posts and sector courses, seminars and events. Please use the menu links on the right, or below if on a mobile device, to navigate through the different sections.

(1) The Global Health Exchange 2019: 12 September, 8.30am-5pm, Dublin

The Irish Forum for Global Health (IFGH) will co-host this year’s Global Health Exchange Conference with the HSE, Oxfam Ireland and Dublin City University. The conference is being convened under the theme: Reaching the furthest behind first: addressing gender and other inequalities to meet the SDGs. This flagship event is the only conference in Ireland focused on the global health sector. It brings together health professionals, academics and humanitarian and development workers whose work is centred on reaching the furthest behind first, the cornerstone of Ireland’s new international development policy—A Better World. Find out more.

(2) For Sama - documentary on the war in Syria: 3.15pm, 14 September, Dublin

An intimate yet epic journey into the female experience of the war in Syria –one of the worst humanitarian crises of our lifetime and one of the largest refugee crises in history –the highly acclaimed For Sama, tells the story of Waad Al Khateab’s life through 5 years of the uprising in Aleppo . The result “is one the most important testimonies” of the war (Sunday Times).
The 3.15pm screening on 14 September will be followed by a panel discussion in association with the Irish Syria Solidarity Movement. Panelists will include Dr Mustafa Alachkar,Manchester Rethink Rebuild Society,organisation for Syrian people in Manchester; Mohammad Debhishma; Leonie O’Dowd from the Irish Syria Solidarity Movement; and Ronan Tynan, director of Syria: The Impossible Revolution. Find out more.

(3) ‘Does it only happen to me?’: 9.30am-1.30pm, 18 September, Dublin 7

All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland is launching it project report: 'Does it only happen to me?' dealing with a series of personal stories highlighting the need for the social and economic ground of discrimination to be recognised in Irish equality legislation. The launch will include a presentation of a sample of the stories/ reflections, contributions of key note speakers and a cafe style Q & A session with a guest panel, followed by light refreshments. Taking place at Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Green Street, Dublin 7. Find out more.

(4) Getting Fired up for Climate Action – How Sustainable Stoves are Cooking up Solutions to Climate Injustice in Africa: 20 September, Dublin

What better way to get fired up for the Global Climate Strike than attending a climate action installation? On 20 September, Vita, with partners Irish Aid and Dublin City Council, will be hosting an exciting breakfast event that aims to raise awareness about climate injustice in Africa. As part of a week-long installation running in the Atrium of DCC’s Woodquay offices, Vita is raising awareness of the environmental, health, and climate impacts of inefficient cooking methods in Africa and how Ireland is working to combat them. With guest speakers and morning refreshments, this event promises to turn up the heat in all the right ways for any climate activist! Find out more.

(5) The Spire Dublin to the Arc de Triomphe Paris - Charity Cycle; 21-30 September

Organised by ADT Fourth World to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the 2015 United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals. Taking place 21 - 30 September. For further information please contact ADT Ireland at

(6) 30 Years On: Insights from East-Central and Wider Europe; 1.30-6.30pm, 24 September, Dublin

The year 2019 marks three decades after the fall of the Berlin wall, which preceded the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. 30 years after the onset of the three-dimensional transformation in the nations from East-Central and Wider Europe call for a reflection on their experience. The Polish Embassy in Dublin have coordinated the conference “30 Years On: Insights from East-Central and Wider Europe”, organised jointly with the embassies of the Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine and in cooperation with TCD TIDI and the Long Room Hub. Find out more.

(7) Buyer Beware - A Critique of PPPs in Ireland and the Global South: 26 September, Dublin 

Financial Justice Ireland are proud to present a new report examining the impact of Public Private Partnerships in Ireland and the Global South.Although the World Bank continues to push PPPs as a way to finance development, experience at home, most recently with the National Broadband Plan rollout, indicates we shouldn't be quick to push the model in poorer countries.The report is authored by economist Dr. Eoin Reeves, who has provided evidence to government against the use of a PPP for the National Broadband Plan. Dr. Reeves will launch the report. The meeting will also be addressed by Eurodad policy advisor and expert on PPPs in the Global South, Maria José Romero, and Irish trade unionists. The event will take place at the Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Find out more.

(8) UCDVO Annual Forum 2019: Compassion and Action; 10am-2pm, 27 September Dublin

What does it mean to be an activist in today’s world and how do we sustain hope?  Margaret Wheatley is the keynote speaker for this event alongside a great line-up of activists and change-makers for our Storytelling and Human Library. All are welcome to the UCDVO Annual Forum. Taking place FitzGerald Debating Chamber, Belfield, UCD. Find out more.

(9) IDEA & The Wheel: Sustainable Communities Workshop; 10am – 1pm, 8 October

Join the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) and the Wheel for a practical workshop on how you can integrate the concepts of Sustainable Communities into your Development Education or community development work. Learn about The Wheel’s online sustainable communities toolkit, as highlighted in the Government’s Climate Action Plan, and the Spark Change project that showcases the contribution local communities are making to achieve the SDGs. The workshop will be facilitated by Johnny Sheehan, The Wheel and taking place in IDEA offices, 6 Gardiner Row. Find out more.

(10) Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine; 7pm, 15 October, Dublin

Sadaka-the Ireland Palestine Alliance and Academics for Palestine celebrate the Irish launch of Noura Erakat’s new book, “Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine”. This event will take place in the Robert Emmet Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin on 15 October at 7 pm. It promises to be an illuminating and inspiring evening with one of the leading critical Palestinian voices to have emerged in recent years. Noura’s book has been described by former UN Special rapporteur on Human Rights in Palestine, Richard Falk, as “without any doubt, the best book on the law and politics of the Palestine/Israel struggle-sophisticated, learned, humane and creative”. Noura’s talk will be of interest to policy makers, legislators, advocates, academics, students and all concerned with the situation in Palestine. Find out more.

(11) IVCO 2019 - International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations’ Conference

IVCO is the annual conference of the International Forum for Volunteering in Development, bringing together head of agencies from volunteering for development organisations from around the globe. This year’s theme is “Advancing Quality in Volunteering for Development” and through a series of keynotes, plenary and breakout sessions, we will explore the theme and discuss how quality can be maximised in the volunteering for development sector. This year’s conference is an opportunity to Connect and Build Relationships and will bring together 150 heads of agencies, as well as representatives of government, the private sector and the wider development sector. IVCO 2019 will give you the opportunity to Explore The Issues That Matter and to share innovations and build networks. Find out more.