Other Information

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(1) Charity Careers Ireland special discounts for Dóchas members

Charity Careers Ireland, specialist recruiters for the not-for-profit sector, and Dóchas are delighted to announce a new partnership. As part of this new partnership Dóchas members are now entitled to a special advertising rate of €139 on the Charity Careers Ireland online jobs board (usually €169) and discounted executive search fees. Find out more about the new Charity Careers Ireland Dóchas partnership and discounts.

Read the recent Charity Careers Ireland interview with Dóchas CEO Suzanne Keatinge.

(2) Applications open for the Global Citizen Award (GCA)

The GCA encourages and recognises international volunteers to use their overseas experience to take action and raise awareness of global justice on their return to Ireland. 

Who is it for?

All returned volunteers (18+) in Ireland with a minimum of 3 weeks’ overseas volunteer experience. The 3 weeks can be built up cumulatively, allowing the award to be reflective without restriction on when they went volunteering.

What will volunteers get from it?

  • Champion global justice issues

  • Increased knowledge about the SDGs and Development

  • Social media, advocacy and blog writing skills

  • Network and make connections with like-minded people

  • Obtain a personal achievement - Awardees will be recognised at a National Award Ceremony and become a part of the GCA Alumni network

For further information and to apply, please click here

(3) Call for Papers 'The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy; A Review of Successes and Challenges’

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a landmark instrument in the history of human rights. The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations, and sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It has significantly influenced the development of human rights law and policy, internationally, regionally and domestically. Maynooth University's Department of Law is now accepting submissions from academics, students and practitioners to submit an abstract (300 words approx.) on any area related to the protection of human rights since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for a conference entitled “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy; A Review of Successes and Challenges” which will be held on June 21 - 22. This conference will include discussions by keynote speakers, in addition to a number of papers focusing on different aspects of human rights protection since the adoption of the UDHR, submitted in response to a Call for Papers. Find out more. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 29 April.

(4) Presidential Distinguished Service Awards 2018 open for nominations

The nomination process for the 2018 Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad (PDSA) is currently open. This Award was established by the Irish Government in 2012, to provide a system of State recognition for those living abroad. There are six categories under which individuals can be nominated: Irish Community Support; Arts, Culture and Sport; Charitable Works; Business and Education; Peace, Reconciliation and Development; Science, Technology and Innovation (additional category introduced in 2016). In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and are required to satisfy the following additional requirements: have rendered distinguished service to the nation and/or its reputation abroad; have actively and demonstrably contributed to Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad in at least one of the categories listed above; have a track record of sustained support and engagement with Ireland and/or its international reputation and/or Irish communities abroad over a period of not less than 5 year or have made a sustained and distinguished service on a global or international issue of importance. Nominations can be made by any member of the public, but are submitted through the Embassy of Ireland in the country of residence of the nominee. If you know someone who meets the criteria above, please complete the 2018 Nomination Form and forward it to the relevant Embassy for the country the nominee is resident in. Further details on eligibility and the nomination process are available here, together with details of previous recipients of this Award. You may also be interested in viewing a short video showing highlights of the 2016 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards. Closing date: 7 May.

(5) WorldWise Global Schools Grant Call 2018 now open

The WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) Annual Grant Call, to support DE initiatives in Irish post-primary settings during the 2017/18 academic year, is now open. Applications are invited from eligible organisations: schools, school clusters, NGOs and education networks. Register your interest and receive more informationClosing date for applications: 9 May.

(6) Debt and Development Coalition Ireland seeks small NGOs who would like to share premises

Looking for new office premises? DDCI is moving and has identified city centre office space in a building with other NGOs. We are interested in talking to other small NGOs who would like to take a room. Own room, approx 35 sq metres, reasonable rent. If you would like to learn more, please contact Maeve at maeve@debtireland.org or (01) 6174835.