Other Information

This information section is part of Dóchas Wednesday News, which also includes job openingsvolunteer posts and sector coursesseminars and events. Please use the menu links on the right to navigate through the different sections.

(1) Nominations open for Dóchas Awards 2018

The Dóchas Awards celebrate the amazing work of our members and the inspirational individuals who bring about meaningful change through their tireless work to eradicate global poverty and inequality. The Awards recognise those unsung heroes who embody the willingness to share, learn, inspire those around them and improve how we work. Find out how you can submit a nomination. Winners will be announced at the Dóchas Awards ceremony on 29 November 2018 in Dublin. At this year’s Dóchas Awards, we will also showcase the work of our members through the visual art of photography. If you work or volunteer for a Dóchas member and have a keen eye, then we are asking you to dig out your camera and get creative! Find out more and submitClosing date for award nominations and photo submissions: 24 September.

(2) Innovation in Politics Awards 2018 - Call for Jurors and Project Nominations

The Innovation in Politics Awards 2018 is an exciting European initiative to recognise innovative work by politicians that improves our communities, our environment, and strengthens human rights, social balance, democracy and prosperity. For more information about the Awards, please contact Fidelma Joyce, Irish Representative, at fidelmajoy@gmail.com or on twitter at @politicsawards.

  • Nominate a Project: Anyone can nominate a project. It can be a project run by a another politican or by yourself as a facilitor. The projects will be innovative political projects, not actual inventions. The project should be groundbreaking in its own environment, regardless of whether it might be considered ordinary elsewhere. Nominate a project here. Closing date: 15 July.

  • Be a Juror: The Awards are unique. 1,000 European citizens will decide who will win them. An Irish Juror in 2017 said the following: It is “a remarkable opportunity for people to open their eyes to the outstanding work done by many to encourage political change in Europe in a variety of ways.” Anyone - 16 years upwards - can apply. Apply here. Closing date: 31 July.

(3) Applications open for UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs Innovation Award

The UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs Innovation Award celebrates efforts and achievements that advance the innovative delivery of services to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR. The Award is given to NGOs from any country/territory that demonstrate commitment and creativity to achieving improved efficiency of services for forcibly displaced people. The Award is a UNHCR Initiative. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees and other persons of concern. Find out more. Closing date: 31 July.

(4) Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2018

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is proud to announce that the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2018 is now open for applications. The aim of this scheme is to encourage leadership and excellence with a view to creating a deeper culture of human rights and equality in Ireland. It supports eligible activities that relate to one or both of the themes of: A. Intercultural Understanding and Diversity; B. Supporting the Implementation of the Public Sector Duty. Find out more. Closing date for receipt of applications: 31 July 2018, 5pm.

(5) Call for Papers - GAP (Gaming for Peace) Conference 

GAP is an EU H2020 funded project which is developing a curriculum of soft skills derived from interviews with military, police and civilian peacekeeping personnel. GAP is embedding a selection of peacekeeping relevant soft skills (cultural competency, communication, cooperation, gender awareness) in a digital role-playing game with in-game assessment. The GAP Conference will take place on 10 - 11 January 2019 in Trinity College Dublin. We invite academic/research/policy papers from researchers from academic institutions, training institutes for militaries, police and civilian humanitarian workers, policy institutes, and game designers. Key topics: training for peacekeeping; curriculum development; soft skills; assessment; serious games design; soft skills standardisation; training for military, police, NGOs; peace education. Find out more. Closing date for receipt of abstracts: 31 July 2018 to gamingforpeace@tcd.ie.

(6) Call for Members - IDEA Formal Education Working Group (FEWG)

We are seeking new members to join the IDEA FEWG. The group consists of Development Education providers (organisation and individuals) working within the formal education sector (both primary, post-primary, third level and further education and training sectors). The aim of the group is to explore how our work can be more aligned with formal education and to demonstrate how we can support and enhance what is happening within formal education. The group will keep up-to-date with developments within formal education, such as curriculum development along with developments in the broader DE sector and respond where relevant. The first meeting will take place on 26 September (more details to follow). Working groups typically meet 3 - 4 times a year (face-to-face or using IDEA’s teleconference facility, along with email exchanges). Please note that group members must be members of IDEA. To join, please contact Aishling McGrath (aishling.mcgrath@worldwiseschools.ie) or Sinead Hayes (sinead.hayes@selfhelpafrica.org).

(7) Office space opportunity for small NGO in Dublin 2

Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI) is looking for a small NGO to share an office space with. The available space is on Parliament St, Dublin 2 (in the same building as Comhlámh). It is too big for us on our own, but it is split into two separate offices, so we are looking for an organisation who can take on one of the offices. It is approx. 25 metres squared, on the first floor (unfortunately no lift). Rent would be €600/month. If you are interested in finding out more or discussing further, please contact Deirdre/Maeve at 01 617 4835. 

(8) 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.

(9) 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. Applications open year-round.

(10) Applications open for Good Governance Awards 2018

The Good Governance Awards recognise, support and promote adherence to good governance practice within the nonprofit sector in Ireland. One of the key focus areas of the awards is the annual report which seeks to encourage nonprofits to use their annual reports and financial statements to showcase their embracement and commitment to good governance and to provide practical examples to the sector of what a good director’s report and financial statements look like. Find out more. Closing date for applications: 14 September, 5pm.