Associate Member

Dóchas introduced Associate Membership in 2013 as a way to contribute towards achieving these strategic priorities:

  • EMBEDDING global development more deeply in Irish life and civil society

  • SUPPORTING Dóchas’ mission and improving the quality of development work

  • MAINTAINING and enhancing public support in Ireland for global development

  • BROADENING Dóchas’ engagement and support base

Associate Membership is open to organisations whose international focus and spend is less than 50% of its overall activities. This category of membership is aimed at those organisations who do not meet the criteria for full membership but that work in related or similar fields to that of Dóchas members, with a linkage to International Development.


Organisations / bodies are eligible to join Dóchas as Associate Members if they meet the Associate Member Membership Criteria (PDF), which include:

  • Engage with or support Dóchas' mission, and do not meet the criteria to be full members.

  • Work in related, supportive or similar fields to that of Dóchas

They may be:

  • Trade Unions

  • University departments or research centres, colleges / other third level groups or associations

  • Medical / Nursing organisations

  • Charitable trusts and foundations

  • Trade / representative organisations

  • Private sector organisations or associations

  • Civil society /voluntary / community organisations

  • Other NGOs

Application Form

Membership Fees - Associate Membership

Fees for Associate membership are based on an organisation’s income spent on their international development programmes in the previous financial year.

From 1st January 2020 Associate Membership fees will be based on the following band system:

Band System for Fees for Associate Membership



  • Once an application for Associate Membership has been approved by the Dóchas board, the applicant will be notified in writing and the invoice will be issued.
  • The invoice must be paid within 30 days of the date on which the invoice was issued.