Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) "Resilience” Webinar Series: Wednesday’s at 1.30pm

EWB Ireland in partnership with TU Dublin, are launching a weekly “Resilience” Webinar Series this summer. Webinars will take place on Zoom every Wednesday at 1.30pm. The aim is to explore how we can rethink and create new cities and communities post-COVID 19. The series hopes to prompt discussion and debate and harness the creativity of the scientific and engineering community to solve local and global challenges in a post COVID19 world. The webinar series is supporting EWB and TU Dublin’s partner Zamda Ireland in their fundraising drive for the Sables Nua Children's Centre in Kabwe, Zambia. Find out more, or contact

(2) Women Rising: The Global Fight to End FGM: 1-2pm 9 July

ActionAid would be honoured if you could join us for online lunch time discussion “Women Rising: The Global Fight to End FGM”. The United Nations has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to an extra 2 million girls worldwide being cut in the next decade. In this context, we will look at the campaign to end FGM in Ireland, Kenya, and Somalia. We will explore opportunities and challenges, and how you can get involved. We will be joined by a panel of experts: Triona Pender, Head of Programmes, ActionAid Ireland, Agnes Kola, National Women’s Rights Coordinator, ActionAid Kenya, and Ifrah Ahmed, Activist and founder, Ifrah Foundation. The event is being held through Zoom. Register here.

(3) A Comprehensive Framework on Appropriate Technology Choice for Sustainable Development - An Overall Perspective of Technology in Post-Pandemic Society: 1-2pm, 10 July

In order to accelerate action and transformation for the delivery of SDGs, we propose “A Comprehensive Framework on Appropriate Technology Choice for Sustainable Development”, which innovates on the concept of Appropriate Technology. The framework is consisted of 10 guiding principles that are designed to be applied in both developing and developed countries. If technologies are chosen based on the framework, we believe that the majority of SDGs can be attained. In the context of a post-pandemic society, transformation of societies based on the framework can enhance their security against various risks, including future pandemics and natural disasters. Find out more.

(4) Protecting civic space during the COVID-19 pandemic: Examining the role that SDG 16+ can play in responding to current threats: 1-2.30pm, 10 July

On the occasion of HLPF 2020, this side event will seek to bring together civil society representatives, UN bodies, national human rights institutions, and State representatives to discuss their respective and complementary roles in protecting and securing civic space in the implementation of SDG 16. In particular, the event will: provide an analysis of how civic space has evolved at the national level since the advent of COVID-19, identify ways in which SDG Goal 16 and human rights can be jointly leveraged to effectively monitor and advance civic space, and examine findings from the recent report by Forus: “Realising the promise of Goal 16 to protect civic space”. Find out more.

(5) Delivering a whole of society approach to an accelerated Decade of Action: 1pm, 14 July.

The event will consider best practice for CSO engagement in the follow up and review process and will share key experience in engagement of community groups from the national, regional to the global level. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of putting in place genuinely inclusive processes, including interactive digital engagement. Forus will also launch its new Goal 17 report: "Are governments delivering on the capacity development of civil society to ensure a successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda?" at this side event. Forus director, Sarah Strack, will moderate the second part of the panel discussion during this side event. Find out more.

(6) Whole of Society for an accelerated Decade of Action: 1pm, 14 July.

HLPF Side Event: Delivering a whole of society approach to an accelerated Decade of Action - Enabling strong civil society engagement in the Voluntary National Reviews and the wider SDG follow up and review process. Co-hosts Action for Sustainable Development, Government of Switzerland, Government of Kenya, Forus, Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness. Register here.

(7) Webinar VIVID-T: Challenges in Inclusive Volunteering under Covid-19: 10-11.30pm, 14 July

We are delighted to invite you to the second webinar as part of the VIVID Project: Challenges in Inclusive Volunteering under Covid-19. The main aim of the project is to create a community of practice made up of EU organisations working towards disability inclusion in humanitarian action and volunteering. The focus of this webinar is to present and discuss the topic of inclusive volunteering under special challenges, such as Covid-19. The webinar will lead through the participants from the theoretical background to practical information. It will give recommendations based on both research activities and organizational experiences. The participants will also have a chance to meet a volunteer virtually who is currently in service at one of the UNV’s duty stations. There will be an opportunity for discussion during our Q&A session. Register here.

(8) Feminist leadership during Covid-19: 4-5.15pm, 15 July

How are feminist leaders from across the globe leading their organisations and teams during Covid-19? How are they using their feminist principles and values in the pursuit of social justice? What are some of the key opportunities and challenges they are facing? Join Leila Billing and Natalie Brook from the Transformative Feminist Leadership Group to explore all of this and much, much, more with: Jean Kemitare – Programmes Director of Urgent Action Fund Africa, Surina Khan – CEO of Women’s Foundation California, Lee Webster – Deputy Director of Policy and Programmes, ActionAid UK, Vivienne Hayes – CEO of Women’s Resource Centre, UK. Find out more.

(9) Delivering on SDG 17: Going Further, Together (HLPF 2020): 4-5.30pm, 16 July

The Task Team is co-hosting a virtual side event with The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland on the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: “Delivering on SDG 17: Going Further, Together”. This side event will focus on the crucial role civil society organizations (CSOs) must play in the implementation of SDG 17, and with that, all SDGs. It will show there are serious gaps between what has been agreed internationally and what happens in practice. During this side event, an independent study (report to be published 1 July 2020) by the International Institute of Social Studies will be presented which includes the finding that large parts of civil society, especially those that are not part of the typical aid communities in the capitals, are not sufficiently engaged in the SDGs and consultations at the country level. Find out more.

(10) Development Perspectives Capacity Building Seminars for Refugees' Service Providers: 2-5pm, 16, 21 & 29 July

Development Perspectives is pleased to invite you to register to our upcoming capacity building seminars for refugees' service providers. The seminars are organized as part of the STIRE project. The seminars are free of cost. If you have any questions, please contact Register here.

Please find below information on dates & seminars' themes:
- Topic: Socio-cultural awareness - Thursday, 16 July. Time: 2-5pm.
- Topic: Getting to know your local context - Tuesday, 21 July. Time: 2-5pm.
- Topic: Communication & managing stress - Wednesday 29 July. Time: 2-5pm.

(11) IGHN Webinar Series: Men and COVID-19 – How are men affected by COVID-19 and how can the response better include them?: 1pm, 17 July

Gender Equality is a central component of any humanitarian to development response. In the context of COVID-19 this is also the case. Women and Men, Boys and Girls are all affected by COVID-19. Much of the commentary so far indicates that women are more affected by COVID-19 in terms of high numbers of cases and serious secondary consequences around domestic violence for example. However, men seem more prone to severe episodes of the disease (perhaps related to diet and smoking) and more likely to die than women. Men also work in sectors of the economy, transport and construction for example, that might put them at a high risk. This discussion will put a specific focus on men, the impact of Covid 19 on them directly and indirectly. It will also explore how well the response is addressing the particular needs of men. Find out more.

(12) A stocktake of global humanitarian assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic: 2-3.30pm, 22 July

Development Initiatives (DI) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) are pleased to invite you to attend the upcoming webinar ‘A stocktake of global humanitarian assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic’. The webinar will include a panel discussion on humanitarian support to the pandemic response, and will mark the launch of DI’s Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2020. Find out more.

(13) DSAI Webinar on Humanitarian Localisation in Conflict: 9.30am, 23 July

Despite a longstanding, stated commitment to strengthening local dimensions of humanitarian response, some aspects of the humanitarian system have been slow to change. This is particularly the case in crises affected by conflict, which led to a special recognition of the vital role of international responders “in situations of armed conflict”. Against this backdrop, the current global health crisis, as well as accelerating efforts to shift inequitable power relations within the sector more widely, require a re-assessment of what has slowed progress on localisation. The aim of this webinar is to understand the barriers to humanitarian localisation in conflict contexts, and strategies for addressing these. Register here.

(14) IDEA: Online Masterclass on How to Build Impactful CSO-Business Partnerships: 9.30-11.10am, 28, 29, 30 July 

As part of its work through the Bridge 47 project, the Irish Development Education Association, (IDEA) in conjunction with partnerships experts Remarkable Partnerships, are holding an online partnerships masterclass for Civil Society Organisations. The masterclass consists of three sessions from 9.30 - 11.10am, on the 28, 29 and 30 July, and will provide you with the skills and tools you need to form partnerships with businesses. It is suitable for any Development Education/ Global Citizenship Education actors interested in working together with businesses to increase their reach and impact, as well as Corporate Partnership or Fundraising Officers. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Find out more.

(15) AEPI Webinar Recording: The Peoples' Vaccine: Will a COVID-19 vaccine be available to people North and South? 

Recent months have seen unprecedented initiatives to ensure that there is equitable access to treatments for COVID-19 across the world.Above all, in the words of one of the initiatives, “The People’s Vaccine,” the aim is to make a future vaccine for COVID-19 “available for all people, in all countries, free of charge". But how realistic are these initiatives when faced with intransigent nation states, governments, international organisations and the pharmaceutical industry? What empirical grounds do they stand on given the ‘scandal of access’ that saw Africa blocked from HIV/AIDS treatments for almost a decade, while 800,000 unvaccinated children still die of pneumonia every year? Watch the recording of the webinar here.