Dóchas Collaboration Award 2019

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. Find out more about the Dóchas Awards 2019, the other award categories and the Dóchas Awards Photography Competition.

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.


WINNER: Collaboration with Dropbox - GOAL Global 

Dropbox visit GOAL's ChildSPACE programme

GOAL and Dropbox Foundation work in collaboration to deliver real impact. As a humanitarian response agency, GOAL tackles difficult global challenges where our work needs to be game-changing for millions. As a progressive tech giant, Dropbox’s Foundation lends its support it many ways; one being the risk they have taken in unrestricted grant-giving.

Allowing GOAL to be agile and innovative, the collaboration demonstrates trust and showcases a new model for grant-giving, a powerful way of achieving impact. This relationship celebrates the coming together of two diverse sectors to achieve change for people in need. Over the last 2 years, we have crossed the boundaries of traditional collaboration. This was illustrated at Bloom where GOAL invited Dropbox to engage with the public to speak up about what we jointly believe in - human rights and, in this instance, the need to address the global issue of migration.

Dropbox also sponsored GOAL at the Laya City Spectaculars in Dublin and Cork, where GOAL engaged the public around Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Another key collaborative success is our skills-based volunteering projects; talented Dropboxers offer us guidance on crucial areas of operations like IT security, Digital Asset Management, HR, Marketing etc.

Dropbox and GOAL have a meaningful relationship, which is the key to this collaborative success. Dropbox personnel have visited our programmes in Ethiopia, they can tell our story and us theirs. Our work together delivers impactful results both in our operations and in the field. Together we have far greater reach.

Read about GOAL and Dropbox’s collaboration in the Irish Times.

STAND Student Festival - STAND (a Suas initiative)

STAND - photography exhibition

An initiative of Suas Educational Development, STAND's central goal is to engage third level students on justice and equality issues and encourage them to take positive action. Our largest programme in terms of reach is the STAND Student Festival (previously known as the 8x8 Festival), which involves the STAND team collaborating with students in seven University campuses across Ireland to bring the theme of 'climate action' to each location for one week from September - November 2019. The theme of the festival changes every year, depending on what is important to students at the time.

The STAND team support student volunteer groups in bringing a range of workshops, lectures and screenings to their campus as part of the festival. Full training is provided for volunteers, and support is available throughout the festival period. STAND encourage students from all backgrounds to apply for the voluntary Festival Coordinator roles, and no experience is necessary, just enthusiasm to take real action for justice and equality issues. The result of students’ participation in these voluntary teams is increased confidence and a sense of empowerment – they feel like they really do have the power change the world.

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Collaboration with the Irish Girl Guides - Trócaire

Trocaire Girl Guides

A new Trócaire Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 ‘Climate Action’ badge was officially launched with the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) to their 12,000 members in February 2019. IGG has approximately 12,000 youth and adult members in Ireland, with staff supporting the work of volunteers in the organisation. It is a youth-driven, dynamic organisation offering a varied programme for girls and young women aged 5-30 as well as volunteering opportunities for women of all ages.

The badge was the result of a two-year ‘connecting for impact’ collaboration, where Trócaire’s DevEd team, along with IGG staff and volunteers, worked dynamically and collaboratively to design an age appropriate programme badge for all of IGG’s diverse actors, which worked toward a common goal of SDG 13 Climate Action badge.

Our collaboration was rooted in human-centred design thinking, and resulted in a dynamic integrated badge programme for Ladybirds (5-7), Brownies (7-10) and Guides (10-14) where girls participate in a series of activities related to climate justice and climate action. All activities are aligned to Trócaire’s Early Childhood, Primary and Post Primary/Youth DevEd programmes but equally support the learning methodologies of IGG, which involves informal education in a non-competitive, girl-only space.

The collaboration provides access to and the support of Trócaire’s DevEd programme to IGG youth members and leaders who are passionate about developing global awareness and taking actions to promote climate justice. Partnerships and connecting for impact are part of our ongoing work in the youth sector to use creative tools and processes to help young people understand the world we live in and increase awareness of their effect on it.

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Judge: Nina Arwitz, CEO Volunteer Ireland

Nina joined Volunteer Ireland in November 2014. She is responsible for delivering the overall strategic direction of Volunteer Ireland, and our vision of an Ireland where everyone who wants to volunteer can volunteer to create a better society. Her background is in the environmental and animal welfare non-profit sectors in the UK, the Middle East and Latin America. Nina has a BA in International Environmental Policy and an MSc in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics. Having set up both failed and successful partnerships, she is particularly interested in examples of excellent practice in collaboration.