Who We Are

Dóchas is the association of Irish Non-Governmental Development Organisations. Dóchas provides a forum for consultation and co-operation between its members and helps them speak with a single voice on development issues.


Dóchas was formed in October 1993, following a merger between CONGOOD - which represented the common interests of Irish NGDO's since 1974, and the Irish National Assembly - which linked most Irish Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) into a European Union NGO network.


Our vision is of a world where poverty and inequality are unacceptable, and where every person has the right to live free from fear, free from want and able to fulfil their potential.



 The purpose of Dóchas is to enhance Ireland’s contribution to world development.

We achieve this by:

* leading the Development sector towards high standards of practice;

* being an independent representative voice of Ireland’s Development sector, in order to influence public debate and decision-making in Ireland and the European Union.

Staff Members 

  • Hans Zomer, Director
  • Anna Farrell, Office Manager
  • Fiona Coyle, Programme Officer
  • Keelin FitzGerald, Information Officer
  • Liz Roche, Business Development Adviser


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Company Particulars: Dóchas – the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations is a private company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. It is registered in Dublin, Ireland, No: 94384. It has been granted tax exemption by the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland and has a charitable tax exemption number: CHY6410. Company Directors are those listed as Board members.