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About us

Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations, an umbrella group of international development, humanitarian and global justice not-for-profit organisations who share a commitment to tackle poverty and inequality in the world.  

Through Dóchas, Irish NGOs come together to share and exchange their experiences, and to use those experiences to come up with more effective ways to end all forms of poverty and injustice.


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.


Dóchas is part of a movement working to build a society, in Ireland and in Europe, that actively seeks to eradicate global poverty, injustice  and inequality.


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.