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Dóchas Conference 2018 - Changing the Narrative

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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.

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:

  • Ruairí De Burca, Director General, Irish Aid
  • Heba Aly, Director, IRIN, who will explore the dangers of junk news, and how we need to find methods of talking about complex issues in an easier way
  • Dr Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General and CEO, CIVICUS, who will tell us why we, civil society, remain relevant, but that we need to build a dynamic global solidarity movement
  • Judith Greenwood, Executive Director of CHS Alliance, will consider how we can improve public trust and build a culture of greater accountability and transparency through standards and codes

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 Tucker, John 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 Bacik, Jamie 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. You can read the first two blogs in the series below. The next blog will be published on 23 April.

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.

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.


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Sponsorship and Conference Stands

Would your business or organisation like to sponsor the Dóchas Conference 2018? It's a great opportunity for targeted exposure and networking in the charity sector. We have a range of offers for partners, including exhibition stands. Full information and contact details are available on our website.


What is the refund policy?

As we are a small non-profit organisation with limited resources, we ask that if you need to cancel your booking, you give us enough time to re-sell your ticket. If you cancel your ticket by 26 April, we will fully refund your ticket. Refunds will not be possible after 26 April; apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. It is possible to transfer your ticket; see below for details.

If you need to request a refund, you can do so through Eventbrite.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

If you need to transfer your ticket to a colleague, that is no problem - you can change the name on your ticket by following these instructions.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking information and public transport details are available on the Croke Park website.

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

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