Dóchas AGM Conference 2014


Protecting Public Trust

Preparing the NGO sector for changing times

Thursday 1st May 2014 2pm -5pm

Croke Park Conference Centre

To register for the conference please email anna@dochas.ie.


The aim of the 2014 Dóchas AGM conference is to help Dóchas members understand the depth and speed of changes in their work environment by confronting them with different perspectives of what change is needed, and what changes are already happening, in the sector.

The Conference is aimed at staff of Dóchas member organisations and associate member organisations, but is open to any organisation focusing on global solidarity and social justice. In addition, colleagues from Irish Aid, civil society colleagues, academics and journalists are expected to attend. (80-90 people approx.)

Particular focus will be placed on the importance of regulation, transparency and accountability and on recent initiatives to help NGOs re-think their public engagement strategies in the face of evidence of shifting public attitudes.

An interesting video on how NGOs can respond to change is this one:

Download Video as MP4


Presentations from the Conference


John Kyne, LIKECharity Connect 

Thomas Ravn PedersenWorld's Best News - Changing the Way We Communicate 

Úna Ní Dhubhghaill, CEO Charity Regulator 

Speakers at the Conference


Moderator: Tom McEnaney

Keynote Speeches: The importance of charity regulation, transparency & accountability


  •     John McGuinness TD, Chairman of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee
  •    Una Ní Dhubhghaill, CEO of the Charities Regulatory Authority
  •     Gerard O’Neill, Amárach Research 
  •  Response from Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam Ireland and Dóchas Chairperson 

 Changing the way we communicate

  • Thomas Ravn Pedersen, Coordinator of The World’s Best News Denmark
  •   Ben Jackson, CEO of BOND
  •   John Kyne, COO of LikeCharity Connect


Useful Background Reading

Previous AGM Conference Themes 

In recent years, Dóchas has hosted AGM conferences on various topical themes:


“New Voices in Development". This conference, attended by the Minister of State for Development and some 120 representatives from NGOs, corporates and academia, was aimed at many of the initiatives outside the Development NGO sector.


“Guaranteed Irish”, targeted a more specific NGO audience, and examined changing roles of NGOs. The conference was attended by 75 sector leaders and academics.


“Creatively Communicating Complex Ideas About Development”.
Attended by the Minister of State for Development and some 95 senior representatives from Irish Aid, NGOs and communications companies.


“Transparency In Action” aimed specifically at an NGO audience, this conference was attended by some 60 NGO representatives interested in tools to enhance NGO reporting methodologies.



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