Dóchas Conference 2018 - Changing the Narrative: Building Support for Global Development

3 Thu, May 10:30 AM to 3 Thu, May 05:30 PM

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The Dóchas Conference 2018 - Changing the Narrative: Building Support for Global Development - will consider the challenges and opportunities to engage the Irish public in the fight against global poverty, inequality and injustice.

You will hear from expert speakers and participate in workshops to stimulate ideas and learning on how we can tell our story about the importance of global justice and equality. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite


The Dóchas Conference 2018 aims to:

  • Convene a space for members of civil society to discuss challenges and celebrate successes

  • Develop a narrative for change

  • Inspire greater collaboration



The Conference will feature a diverse range of internationally-regarded speakers, including:

Our MC for the day will be journalist and broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe


Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1: ‘Using Innovation to Reach New Audiences’ with War Child Holland and Trócaire

This session will explore the impact and effectiveness of innovations that aim to tell stories better and reach new audiences. War Child will discuss their award-winning ‘Batman’ video, and Trócaire will share their new gaming app. Participants will first hear from the speakers and then break into two groups to learn more about each initiative.

Breakout Session 2: ‘Using Audience Insights to Deliver a Step Change in our Narrative’ with communications expert Will TuckerJohn Sutton, Managing Director, Persuasion Republic, and Karen Kennedy, Head of Strategy and Impact, Trócaire

This session will ask how we can interpret data to improve how we engage with the public. It will include key insights on the UK’s Aid Attitudes Tracker analysis, as well as findings from a recent public survey in Ireland. We will ask how insights such as these can help us to reach the right audience.

Breakout Session 3: 'Campaigning to Influence Change' with Senator Ivana BacikJamie Drummond, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Global Strategy, ONE, and Martin O'Brien, Director, Social Change Initiative

Participants will gain first-hand insights from change agents involved in major social campaigning. In this panel discussion, we will explore the ingredients of successful campaigning, and the critical mistakes to avoid. 


Conference Blogs

In the run up to the Dóchas Conference 2018, we are asking leaders and innovators across civil society to respond to a set of questions around the theme of the conference - public engagement.  



Western Union

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IHI Group

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Crowe Horwath

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ABF Security

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Charity Careers Ireland

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O'Kennedy Consulting

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Who should attend?

  • Dóchas members

  • Domestic and international civil society groups

  • Irish Aid and Government representatives

  • Diplomats

  • Activists and campaigners

  • Academics and researchers

  • Students, particularly those studying international development, politics, communications, equality studies, geography, sociology, law, history and environmental sciences

  • Social innovators and entrepreneurs

  • Members of the diaspora

  • Philanthropists



Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. It provides a forum for consultation and co-operation between its members and helps them speak with a single voice on development issues.

The Dóchas Conference has become one of the most valued annual events in the development sector calendar. It brings together over 200 leaders and innovators from across Irish civil society, government, academia and the private sector to challenge thinking and stimulate debate on crucial sectoral issues.



Early Bird ticket prices are only available until 16 March. After 16 March, Standard ticket prices will apply. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite

Dóchas aims to be an inclusive diverse network that respects the importance of all voices being heard. We are conscious that some people may not have the ability to pay or may need alternative payment arrangements. You may contact Anna Farrell, Dóchas Finance and Operations Manager, at anna@dochas.ie in confidence in this regard and we will do our best to accommodate you. 


If you have any general queries about this event, please contact media@dochas.ie.

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