Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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(1) Dóchas Conference 2018: 3 May, 10.30am - 5.30pm, Hogan Mezzanine, Croke Park Conference Centre

*New member group discounts* 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. Delegates 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. Speakers include Ruairí De Búrca, Director General, Irish Aid; Heba Aly, Director, IRIN; Dr Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General and CEO, CIVICUS; Judith Greenwood, Executive Director of CHS Alliance; and Rafeef Ziadah, spoken word artist and human rights activist. Our MC for the day will be journalist and broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe. Find out more. Book your place. If you have any queries about this event, please contact

(2) Seminar: 'Development Education in Politically Interesting Times': 24 April, 2pm - 4pm, Lecture Theatre 2, St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, BT12 6FE

Centre for Global Education and St. Mary's University College invite you to attend a seminar titled: 'The International Context: Development Education in Politically Interesting Times'. This seminar will debate the content of Issue 26 of the CGE journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review. Speakers: Gerard McCann (Chair) (St. Mary’s University College); Giovanni Farese (Professor in Economics, European University of Rome); Stephen McCloskey (Director, Centre for Global Education). Register here. Find out more.

(3) Affordable and Clean Energy Workshop: 24 April, 7pm - 9pm, St. Vincent de Paul - Croí na Gaillimhe, 1 Mill Street, Galway

Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60% of total global greenhouse emissions. So what are we going to do about it? Join us in Galway to discuss SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. This workshop is being delivered by Development Perspectives through the #SDGchallenge project. This is a 17-month project which aims to raise awarenss of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in communities across Ireland. This will be an interactive workshop providing the space to discuss the SDGs in a non-formal setting with other members of the community. Tea/coffee available from 6.45pm. Find out more and register

(4) Going Lean in the Not-for-Profit Sector - Introduction and Case Study: 25 April, 8am - 10am, Bank of Ireland, Montrose, Stillorgan Rd., Dublin 

All Non-Profit Organisations will of course be lean, but there is a world of difference between being frugal and applying the lean methodology. Being lean goes far beyond cost-cutting. The lean process enables organisations to speed up, be more competitive, build the capability of their team, and improve operations, increasing capacity as they improve efficiency and effectiveness. How can Lean be applied to Non-Profit organisations (NPOs) for often complex service delivery? During this free breakfast briefing, Stuart Nelson from Jigsaw Consulting will introduce Lean and the Lean Mindset, its possible applications in Non-Profits, and we will hear a case study from Catherine McDonald of the Anne Sullivan Centre. Book your place.

(5) Conflict and Displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): 25 April, 6.30pm, Room G16, Irish School of Ecumenics, Loyola Institute Building, Trinity College Dublin Ireland

The Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI) Humanitarian Action Study Group (HASG) presents a panel discussion on conflict and displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Over 4 million people have been displaced due to conflict, facing immense obstacles and often uncertain futures in their search for safety. Meanwhile, crises in neighbouring states are driving cross-border movements in a wider region long beset by cycles of conflict and poverty. Find out more.

(6) Nasc and UCC Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Conference: Beyond McMahon – the future of asylum reception in Ireland: 25 April, 9am - 2pm, Lecture Theatre G07, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork

Nasc and UCC’s Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights are pleased to announce our upcoming conference, ‘Beyond McMahon – the future of asylum reception in Ireland’.  Three years on from the publication of the McMahon Report of the Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision, this conference will re-examine the Irish asylum reception system and explore potential alternatives. This event is free, but ticketed. Find out more and register. The conference is kindly supported by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme. Please note we have a limited travel budget available for asylum seekers. Please email for more information about travel assistance. The conference will be followed directly by a Masterclass on asylum reception conditions (3pm – 5pm) for undergraduate and postgraduate students, led by conference participants. Find out more and book your place by emailing

(7) Access Europe Conference: The Role of Ireland’s Civil Society in the Future of Europe: 27 April, 9.30am - 2pm, Emmet Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College, Dublin 2

This half-day conference will provide Irish civil society organisations and stakeholders with an insight into current practices of voluntary organisations within European programmes and ignite discussion on possibilities for involvement post-2020. This event is open to all non-profits. Speakers include Lynn Boylan MEP, social researcher Brian Harvey, and key staff from the European Commission and numerous Irish organisations who have participated in European projects in recent years. Find out more and register

(8) Access to Medicines Conference: 2 May, 10.30am - 4.30pm, RCSI, 123 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Rising prices of new medicines are having a profound impact globally and are now exceeding the capacity of even the wealthiest of countries to pay. This conference will discuss the current model of drugs development and propose interventions and alternative models with the potential to dramatically lower the prices of new medicines. There will be two panels followed by Q&A and refreshments. This conference hopes to engage and inform all stakeholders - government, policy-makers, business leaders, physicians, NGOs, civil society groups and members of the public alike. Find out more and attend.

(9) How Critical is our Development Education in Ireland?: 2 May, 10.30am - 3.30pm, Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Whitehall Rd., Kimmage

As two organisations with a long history of collaboration and common ground on development and development education, Kimmage DSC and Comhlámh are delighted to invite you to their forthcoming event, ‘How Critical is our Development Education in Ireland?’. The interactive event will be an opportunity for development education practitioners to engage with findings from Eilish Dillon’s Doctoral research ‘How Critical is Talk? Discourses of Development Education among Facilitators in Ireland’ (2018), which focuses on how development education is understood by those who support and promote it, and the implications of these understandings for how development education is organised and practiced in Ireland. Booking is essential. Find out more and register.

(10) Global Hunger Today: Challenges and Solutions: 10 - 11 May, Boole 4, University College Cork

The Centre for Global Development at UCC is holding a major conference on Global Hunger Today: Challenges and Solutions. This event is being held in conjunction with the National Famine Commemoration taking place in UCC, which commemorates a traumatic period in Ireland’s past. Famine and chronic hunger exist across much of the world today, posing a major challenge for global development and human rights. Ireland’s historical experience, and prominent role in addressing contemporary food security issues worldwide, provide a strong basis for developing new approaches to overcoming an age-old problem. The conference will address multiple aspects of contemporary global hunger and the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of food security for all. Speakers include world-renowned experts on food security, famine and humanitarian crises including Professor Alex de Waal of Tufts University, Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI, H.E Dr. Eyasu Abraha, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ethiopia and Professor Cormac Ó’Gráda, Professor Emeritus of Economics, UCD, as well as development practitioners from multilateral agencies and from Irish development organisations addressing food security. Register. Find out more.

(11) 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.