PRESS RELEASE - Dóchas Awards to honour people and programmes combatting poverty and inequality around the world 11.02.2016

11 february 2016

DÓCHAS

The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

PRESS RELEASE

11 February 2016

Dóchas Awards to honour people and programmes combatting poverty and inequality around the world

 Do you know someone who is INSPIRING, MOTIVATIONAL and DRIVEN and working in global development? Or a development programme that is taking an innovative approach to making the world a better place?

Then nominate them for the Dóchas Awards 2016!

Dóchas launches The Dóchas International Development Awards 2016 today (February 11th 2016) and is calling on members of the public to nominate people and programmes for Global Citizen of the Year and Innovative Programme of the Year. Nominations can be made through dochas.ie/awards.

The Dóchas Global Citizen of the Year Award recognises inspiring individuals working for global justice and celebrates those unsung heroes working to alleviate poverty and who strive for equality for all. The Innovative Programme of the Year Award recognises innovative development programmes which are making a sustainable impact.

The winners of these prestigious awards will be announced at the 2016 Irish Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals in Croke Park on May 5th and presented by a special guest of honour (soon to be announced).

This year, as Ireland celebrates the centenary of the 1916 rising, the Dóchas Awards reflects and celebrates the proud tradition of Irish humanitarian efforts around the world over the past 100 years and the global impact made through overseas aid programmes and individuals. From missionaries to diplomats, aid workers, teachers, engineers, doctors, nurses, politicians, environmentalists, business people, artists and activists – just a few of the many ways people have worked at home and abroad in the fight for global justice.

2016 represents another significant milestone, for Ireland and for the world. In 2016 the world embarks on an ambitious plan to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change by the year 2030 through The Sustainable Development Goals. Ireland can be proud as a nation to have played a key role in reaching this momentous global agreement to end poverty worldwide.

‘The Dóchas Awards celebrate individuals and organisations who are working towards that shared ambition of a better world, free from hunger, poverty and injustice. We were inundated with nominations last year and we are very excited to receive nominations for this year’s Global Citizen of the Year and Innovative Programme of the Year,’ says Sharan Kelly, Chairperson of Dóchas and CEO of Tearfund Ireland, speaking at the launch of the Dóchas Awards 2016.

Dóchas was proud to present the inaugural Global Citizen of the Year Award in 2015, which went to Breda Gahan of Concern Worldwide, who has dedicated her life to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Breda embodies the inspiring, relentless drive of a true Global Citizen. The Innovative Programme of the Year Award was awarded to Plan International Ireland for their programme "Promoting Universal Birth Registration (UBR) for Children’s Development and Protection" – a programme which has achieved sustainable and meaningful change.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • Nominations for the Dóchas International Development Awards 2016 open today, February 11th 2016 and the competition will close for nominations on March 16th 2016. Those wishing to nominate an individual for the Dóchas Global Citizen of the Year Award can do so by visiting: dochas.ie/awards

  • For more on the Dóchas International Development Awards see dochas.ie/awards

  • The awards nominations will be shortlisted and the winner will be chosen from the shortlist by a judging panel of eminent persons.

  • Nominated individuals for the Dóchas Global Citizen of the Year Award should be currently actively engaged in an initiative in the area of global solidarity and/or sustainable development, resident in Ireland, and actively broadening the movement of people working for global justice. Applicants, if shortlisted, need to be able to attend Dóchas conference on the 5th of May 2016.

  • Nominated programmes for the Dóchas Innovative Programme of the Year Award must involve an existing member, associate member organisation or strategic partner of Dóchas, must be recent (initiated within the last five years) and represent an innovative approach to sustainably improving the lives of people in poor communities.