20 Aug

An international development agenda for the next Irish Government – Dóchas Submission to Political Parties

dochasThe next General election will come at an important time in Irish history. Next year Ireland will celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, a momentous point in Irish history which gives us an opportunity to reflect on and re-think Irish priorities as a country and Irish ideas of how to shape a future.

The next elections should reflect that Ireland is part of an international community and that Ireland is, in fact, “a global island”.

In September 2015, world leaders will agree a new set of global priorities, a ‘recipe’ for a better world. They will change the landscape of traditional development policies, moving the focus from developing countries to a global, universal application of the goals including Ireland. The challenge at the heart of this new global agreement is: how do we build societies that thrive and that look after the interests of current generations, as well as the interests of future generations, and of the planet? How do we build societies that are fair, prosperous and respectful of the planet we live on? This challenge is universal. Every nation on Earth will need to grapple with it and, in cooperation with others, develop its own national plan of action to help attain our shared aspirations and the globally agreed “sustainable development goals”

This is the preamble of Dóchas call to political parties ahead of Irish General Election in 2016.

Read Dóchas full call here: Dóchas Submission to general Election Manifestos

18 Aug

#ShareHumanity: ATD prepares the World Humanitarian Summit


The World Humanitarian Day 2015 will be commemorated on August 19th.


On this occasion, ATD presents its contribution to the ongoing international consultation process ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit to take place in May 2016 in Istanbul.

This first World Humanitarian Summit is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs UN OCHA and will bring together governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by humanitarian crises and new partners such as the private sector.

Four main themes have been guiding the consultation process: (1) humanitarian effectiveness; (2) reducing vulnerability and managing risk; (3) transformation through innovation and (4) serving the needs of people in conflict.

If ATD is not a humanitarian organization, it has gained experience of the issues facing the humanitarian world through its long lasting engagement in countries experiencing humanitarian crises such as Haiti, Ivory Coast and the Central African Republic.

ATD is thus calling for:

– A real inclusion of local communities (and not only local leaders) in the decisions affecting them.

– An increasing allocation of aid to local actors to make sure that they drive humanitarian responses based on their experiences.

– A slowdown of the aid process in order to draw constructive lessons from previous dysfunctions, and the adoption of a differentiated approach to humanitarian crises, tailored to local differences.

– A distribution of aid taking into account and reinforcing community solidarity in order to improve the security of both humanitarian workers and affected communities.

– An integration of accountability to local community members in order to support long-term development needs.


Click here to read ATD’s full position paper! And here to read the Irish recommendations paper.


Discover more... Watch this video, prepared by over 100 members of ATD Haiti, telling of the strength and resilience of communities in poverty after the 2010 earthquake. It’s a film about promises made and about real changes that have taken place.  The International aid that didn’t reach everyone, but people in extreme poverty struggled, working to participate and contribute to building a better future for their country.

In the wake of the 2010 earthquake, people were forced to seek shelter with their neighbors and to accept help from people they didn’t know. Entire neighborhoods lost their homes and had to live on the streets, relying on solidarity to survive. It is this solidarity between people living in such difficult conditions that gives people the strength to carry on today.

06 Aug

Tell Everyone “We Have a Plan!”


After months of negotiations, the 193 members of the United Nations have reached an agreement. Late on Sunday night 2nd August 2015, they agreed on the text of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Ireland has played a crucial role in this process, co-facilitating the negotiations to reach this agreement together with Kenya, represented by Ireland’s Ambassador to the UN, David Donoghue.

“This new development agenda has 17 goals and 169 sub-targets, ranging from ending extreme poverty and hunger to reducing inequality and tackling climate change. These seventeen goals reveal the scope and ambition of a new ‘universal agenda’; a new recipe for building a better world,” said Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas (the umbrella body of Irish development NGOs).

World leaders will formally agree the new sustainable development goals at a UN summit on 25th– 27th of September in New York. The 17 goals will come into effect from January 1st 2016 and should be achieved by 2030.

ATD International welcomed the Outcome Document “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” that Member States will adopt this coming September. ATD has actively contributed to the process, informed by the findings of its participatory research project on sustainable development, which reached over 2,000 people worldwide, the majority living in poverty.

Read full ATD response to the historic agreement here.

Now one of the challenge is to promote the 17 Goals within all spheres of civil society. #TellEveryone that #WeHaveAPlan! Share the two great videos below!


01 Aug

17 October, 17 dreams, 17 Goals and 7 billion Roles to Play!

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On 1st August 2015 ATD Ireland on behalf of the 17 October Committee (www.17october.ie) launched the project “The Roles We Play, Here and There”. Project will promote the new Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted during the “European Year for Development”.  “The Roles We Play, Here and There” will also celebrate the contribution of people in poverty in their communities and for the implementation of the new Global News!

Project is funded by the ATD Foundation and by the EU through the European Year for Development Sub-Granting Scheme. The scheme is operated by the Civil Society Alliance and Concord.

Project “The Roles We Play, Here and There” aims:

– to promote the new Sustainable Development Goals and to invite citizens worldwide to share via Twitter what “roles” they will play to help implement and achieve these new goals.

– to foster among citizens and stake holders of the Island of Ireland a sense of joint responsibility, solidarity and opportunity in the context of the post 2015 agenda.
– to recognise, celebrate the contribution of people from very poor communities in development and peace building, here and there.

– to question and modify the “othering” narratives: “us” and “them”, “North” and “South”, “we” and “the poor” in “development” and “poverty” discourses.

-To challenge the conventional thinking that separates discussion of poverty found in the Global North from that prevalent in the Global South by tackling the similar emotional experience of the “shame of poverty”.

– to contribute to the observance on the Island of Ireland of the World Food Day (16 October) and the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October) and promote on these days the messages and spirit of the “European Year for Development”

Main activities of the project are:

A Social media campaign #RolesWePlay #EYD2015 – starting early in October 2015.

– A photos and video Exhibition “The Roles We Play, Here and There” to be presented in Dublin and in Belfast (October – November 2015)

A Seminar “From Shame to Dignity – Let’s make it possible for everyone to play a role” – co-organised with Trinity College Dublin and the Trinity International Development Initiative – on World Food Day, Friday 16th October 2015

A Candlelight Vigil at the Famine Memorial and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin “UN Goals are our Goals – we have a role to play”, to mark World Food Day and #EndPoverty Day, Friday 16th October 2015

– A cross-community gathering “Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future – Leave No One Behind” at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone Dublin to mark #EndPoverty Day, 17th October 2015

Volunteer now to support this projet! Follow the project on Twitter!

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