Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Comhlámh Annual General Meeting: 24 May, registration from 6pm, Carmelite Centre, Aungier St, Dublin 2

Calling all members, present, past and future - join us at the 2018 AGM. Contact if you are interested in running for the board. We have a number of vacancies and are interested in hearing from people with a background in international development and humanitarian work, development education and advocacy - and who can contribute at a strategic level around governance, communications, advocacy, fundraising and human resources. The night will include a workshop with the various membership groups in Comhlámh including the Trade Justice, Focus, Belfast, Dympna Fund, Ireland Says Welcome, Access to Medicines Ireland and the Justice for Palestine group.

(2) Seminar - Ireland, the EU and International Cooperation, what does the future hold?: 25 May, 9am - 12pm, European Commission Representation in Ireland, Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount St

Led by a panel of experts, this seminar will explore key decision-making processes at EU level which are likely to affect international cooperation, including the upcoming negotiations on a new Multi-Annual Financial Framework, European elections set for May 2019 and trends in EU approaches to development and humanitarian issues, conflict and migration. We will also explore how Ireland and Irish based civil society can engage with and influence those processes. This event is open to Dóchas members only. Find out more and book you place via Eventbrite. Please use the password dochasseminar to access the Eventbrite page.

(3) The Wheel Summit 2018: 24 - 25 May, 9am - 5pm, Croke Park Conference Centre

Join us on 24 and 25 May 2018 at The Wheel’s National Summit for the Community, Voluntary and Charity Sector. We will bring together the leaders, the motivators, the thinkers and the doers; together, we will tackle our biggest challenges. Immerse yourself in lively discussions, inspiring stories and energetic networking sessions. Meet those at the forefront of social innovation and see first-hand how fresh ideas are solving big issues. We are turning our annual conference on its head, and you are invited to be part of this new experience! A series of impact stories and lively, solution-focused discussions will be at the heart of the event. Find out more

(4) Diaspora, Development, Diplomacy International Conference: 24 - 25 May, UCD Clinton Institute, Belfield House, UCD

UCD Clinton Institute will host an international conference in Dublin that will bring together government and NGO actors, academic scholars, corporate representatives, and a diverse range of diaspora agents to address global examples of the intersections of diaspora, diplomacy and global development. Panels include: Diaspora Engagement; Economic Development; Conflict and Crisis; Innovation; Education; Digital Diasporas; Diaspora Politics. Participating Organisation include: USAID; GIZ, Germany; Danish Refugees Council; IOM; African Diaspora Network; Localized USA; University of Oxford; GERMIN (Kosovo). To find out more and register, please contact Catherine Carey at UCD Clinton Institute:; tel. +353 1 716 1560. Registration Fees: €150 and students, €80.

(5) DSAI Panel discussion on education for refugees and IDPs at home and abroad: 30 May, 6.30pm - 8pm, Room G16, Irish School of Ecumenics, Loyola Institute building, Trinity College Dublin

Speakers: Andrea Breslin and Amy Folan, Concern Worldwide; Veronica Crosbie, Dublin City University; Emilia Sorrentino, Plan. Around the world, displacement is one of the biggest barriers to education. Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than other children. Many children and young people affected by humanitarian crises face huge challenges accessing primary, secondary and further education. As the global community works towards the universal goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all (SDG 4), this panel brings together perspectives on education for displaced and refugee populations internationally, as well as here in Ireland, to discuss challenges, opportunities and innovative responses. See location on map. Find out more.

(6) Misean Cara - Crossing Boundaries and Development: An Exploration of Missionary and Faith-based Approaches: 31 May, 9.30am - 12.45pm, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Dublin 2

Join us for a public learning event exploring missionary and faith-based approaches to development. National and international speakers include Rick Van Der Woud from Mensen Met Een Missie in the Netherlands, Caitriona Dejean from Tearfund in the UK, Sr. Kate Nolan from the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and Seamus O’Leary from Misean Cara. In recent years Misean Cara has been exploring what is distinctive about how missionary, faith-based actors approach development. A conceptual framework is beginning to emerge from these discussions. We would now like to share our reflections more broadly to advance the exploration further. We have put together a panel of speakers who have a strong interest in the topic, and a lot to say about it. Join us on 31 May to hear some of the latest thinking on this highly relevant aspect of development practice. We will reflect on the approaches missionaries and faith-based actors take when engaging in development, learn from a number of different perspectives and experiences, and explore implications for wider development practice. Find out more and register.

(7) Gender Justice: An Adequate Frame for the Empowerment of Women? - Think-In event: 1 June, 1pm - 5pm, John Hume Board Room, NUI Maynooth

The Gender Study Group of the Development Studies Association of Ireland invite you to a ‘Think-In’. For some years now the concept of gender justice has been posed as the best overarching frame for the understanding of women and development and in pursuit of the empowerment of women. We have invited a wide range of national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers to make a concerted effort, in a collegial atmosphere, to push the debate forward while informing each other from our very different subject positions. We welcome active participants to this event to share in this effort. Attendance is free but places are limited so please RSVP. The history of gender mainstreaming is now being reassessed and its limitations realised. For many, it is a problem related to depolitization whereby a technical fix is substituted for a genuine movement for social transformation. A particular problem has been that of finding common ground between the gender equity policies, projects and programmes and the ongoing struggle to assert women’s right and combat inequality and oppression. There is a sense that the project for ‘gender justice’ has stalled due to the loss of credibility of the mainstreaming agenda and the failure of the human rights frame to take its place in a period of austerity and an assault on the living standards of working women. Register for this free event. Find out more about the event and the DSAI.

(8) Promoting Women in Peace Mediation: The Importance of Networks: 1 June, 9.15am - 1pm, Lecture Theatre, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin

The Conflict Resolution Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in conjunction with the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, cordially invites you to the event, Promoting Women in Peace Mediation: The Importance of Networks. This morning event will include a panel discussion with eminent experts in the field of peace mediation, and a film screening of 'Peacemakers: Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs', a documentary film about the role of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition in the Good Friday negotiations. As panellists to the event, we are delighted to welcome: Professor Monica McWilliams (University of Ulster), Co-founder and former representative of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition during the Good Friday negotiations; Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Envoy for the Colombian Peace Process and former Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (2011-2014); Dr Catherine Turner (University of Durham) and Specialist on Women’s Mediation Networks; Brendan McAlister, Senior Mediation Advisor, UN Department of Political Affairs. The documentary film 'Peacemakers: Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs' is the story of the formation of the cross-community women's coalition who stood for election six weeks after its establishment in 1996, and succeeded in securing two seats at the table during the Good Friday Agreement negotiations. Following the screening there will be a Q&A session with former members of the coalition, Monica McWilliams and Bronagh Hinds. Registration and coffee from 8.45am. Welcome and Keynote speech: 9.15am. Please register your attendance in advance to

(9) European Commission and IIEA Seminar - The 2018 European Semester: Inclusive Growth and Social Fairness for Ireland and Europe: 1 June, 12.30pm - 2.30pm, Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse St, Dublin 2

The European Commission is due to issue the 2018 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) on the 23rd of May. This timely seminar provides an opportunity to discuss the CSRs for Ireland and Europe in the context of an increased focus on social issues, and on ensuring that economic growth is inclusive and benefits all members of society. Regina Doherty, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and Joost Korte, Director General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission, will deliver the keynote addresses at the Seminar. A panel discussion will follow, featuring Marie Sherlock, Chief Economist at SIPTU and Tony Donohoe, Head of Education and Social Policy at Ibec. Dan O’Brien, Chief Economist at the IIEA, will chair the event and Q&A session. Find out more.

(10) IDEA AGM and Conference 2018: 6 June, 9.30am - 6pm, The President's Hall, Blackhall Place, Arran Quay, Dublin 7

The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) AGM and Conference 2018 will take place on Wednesday, 6 June. This year the theme will be Transformative Education for Global Citizenship - SDG 4.7 in Ireland. This is an opportunity for those working in the Development Education sector and representatives from sectors, whose work also supports this target, to explore the opportunities and challenges offered by SDG 4.7. Find out more.

(11) Decent Work and Economic Growth Workshop: #SDGchallenge: 12 June, 7.30pm - 9pm, Castlesaunderson, Cavan

Development Perspectives would like to invite you to the next #SDGchallenge workshop. This workshop will focus on SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth. Join us for an interactive session focusing on what 'decent work' means in the various contexts and the alternative perspectives of growth/degrowth. Register. To find out more, please contact

(12) National Volunteer Management Conference: 14 June, UCD Sutherland School of Law

The National Volunteer Management Conference enables and enhances volunteering through the promotion of best practice in volunteer management. This conference allows volunteer managers to spend quality time on professional development. It provides the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts in the industry as well as participate in a host of motivational and informative masterclasses. Appropriate to anyone who manages volunteers as part of their role (paid or unpaid) or anyone who is interested in volunteer management (C&V and Corporate Sector). This year we welcome Minister Seán Kyne to open the conference, along with Dr. Maura Farrell from NUI Galway who will present insights from her research on rural volunteerism. Our masterclasses will explore the importance of resourcing volunteers; how to embed ‘excellence’ in volunteer management; digital strategy for recruiting, mobilising & organising volunteers; how to effectively screen your volunteers; and the importance of harnessing feedback to drive improvement. Tickets, which are only €67.68 at the early bird rate, are available now from Eventbrite.

(13) 10th International Disability Law Summer School: 18 - 22 June, Institute for Lifecourse & Society Building, NUI Galway

From 18 -22 June 2018, the Centre for Disability Law & Policy (CDLP) will host the 10th International Disability Law Summer School at the National University of Ireland Galway. The purpose of the 4.5 day school is to equip participants with the insights and skills necessary to translate the generalities of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into tangible reform for persons with disabilities. The core focus this year will be on Intersectionality in the areas of women, older persons and children with disabilities. The participants include persons with disabilities, their families, civil society groups of persons with disabilities as well as advocates for disability law reform, lawyers, policy makers, policy analysts and others. The faculty includes senior academics, practitioners, advocates and policy makers from around the world. Most of the speakers have been directly and actively engaged in drafting and implementing the Convention. Others are advocates for change and reform with an expertise on intersectionality. This is the 10th International Disability Law Summer School offered by the CDLP. Last year, the School attracted around 230 participants from over 50 different countries – from all over Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Find out more.