Dóchas Awards 2019

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The Dóchas Awards, now in their fifth year, are an opportunity to come together and celebrate the inspiring humanitarian and development work of individuals and organisations in the Dóchas network.

2019 is the UN Year of Moderation, highlighting the need for greater dialogue, tolerance and understanding. It also emphasises the importance of building effective relationships and working in collaboration with diverse actors towards a common goal. And so, the chosen theme of this year’s Dóchas Awards is celebrating Collaboration.

The 2019 categories include the Global Citizen Award, the Public Engagement Award, and the Collaboration Award.

After the success of the Dóchas Awards Photography Competition in 2018, we will be running it again this year. Entry criteria and instructions for the photography competition can also be found below.


Judging and the announcement of Dóchas Awards finalists and photography competition winners will take place in the autumn.

Dóchas Award winners will be announced at the Dóchas Awards 2019 ceremony on 23 October in Dublin city centre. Further details of this event will be available soon.


Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

Each year the Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an exceptional individual to highlight and honour their commitment and inspirational work as a champion of international development and global justice. Past recipients include Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and David Donoghue, Ireland’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

The Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 recipient will be Mary Lawlor, Founder and former Executive Director of Front Line Defenders, in recognition of her lifelong commitment and contribution to the international human rights movement. Mary is a current Board Member of Front Line Defenders and Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin.

The Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Mary at the Dóchas Awards ceremony on 23 October.


Dóchas Awards 2019 Categories

The Global Citizen Award

The Global Citizen Award acknowledges an outstanding individual, who shows leadership, courage and commitment and inspires and empowers others to work towards ending global injustices and inequality.

The Public Engagement Award

The Public Engagement Award will celebrate an effective communications piece or public engagement campaign. It recognises an organisation that actively and effectively engages the public on issues related to international development and humanitarian work, in a dignified, respectful manner, in line with the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages.

The Collaboration Award

The Collaboration Award is a new award category celebrating the theme of this year’s awards, collaboration. It recognises an organisation that has demonstrated the importance of building effective relationships and working in collaboration with diverse actors, including promoting dialogue, tolerance, and understanding.

Mary Robinson and Dóchas CEO Suzanne Keatinge looking at the Dóchas Awards 2018 Photography Exhibition

Dóchas Awards 2019 Photography Competition

The theme of the Dóchas Awards 2019 Photography Competition is collaboration. Dóchas member organisations are invited to submit one photo that showcases the work of their organisation in relation to collaboration, dialogue, tolerance, or understanding. Twelve photos will be selected and displayed at the Dóchas Awards ceremony on 23 October, and included in a Dóchas Calendar 2020.

See entry criteria and instructions.


Other Information

You can read about the Dóchas Awards 2018 here, and check out reflections from our 2018 award winners here. Information about the Dóchas Awards and winners in 2017 can be found here.

External judges for the Dóchas Awards 2019 will be announced here soon.

If you have any questions relating to the Dóchas Awards 2019, please contact awards@dochas.ie