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Working Groups

The Dóchas Working Groups,  Learning Groups and Task Groups are open to all Dóchas member and associate member organisations. They are a core part of Dóchas' work and create the space for members to connect and collaborate, strengthen knowledge and expertise, and influence key decision-makers at national, European and global levels. 
Below is a list of Dóchas working groups and their activities. You can click on each working group to find out more about its activities and publications. If would like to join a working group, please get in touch (link to contact form), we would love to hear from you.

Dóchas Working Groups

There are currently five working groups and four learning groups within the Dóchas network:

Development Education Group

Focuses on promoting sustainable development, equality and human rights through education, with the active involvement of local (civil and state), European, and southern education partners. Find out more on their resources page.

Disability in International Development

Promotes the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries by raising awareness, sharing expertise and promoting action on disability issues, including lobbying for change. Click here to find out more.

HIV and AIDS Group 

Aims to strengthen the coordinated, coherent and effective response by Irish NGO’s as part of the global effort to combat HIV and AIDS. Click here to go their resources page.

Humanitarian Aid Group

Focuses on contributing to improvements in humanitarian action by promoting dialogue, influencing humanitarian policy, and by increasing the common understanding of humanitarian principles and practice. More information on this group can be found here.

Livelihoods, Food & Nutrition Security

Provides a platform through which Dóchas could facilitate exchange among its member organisations on approaches and experiences in the field of livelihoods, nutrition and food security. More information can be found here.

Dóchas Learning Groups


Finance Group

Shares information and best practice on finance issues for Dóchas members. For more information click here.

Human Resources Group

Shares information and best practice on human resource management issues for Dóchas members. For more information, please visit their dedicated page.

Results Group

To engage in shared learning, discussions and dissemination of best practice on the implementation of a Results Based Management approach so that Irish NGOs can evaluate their impact. Find out more here.

Communications Group

Focuses on sharing best practice in development communication and looks at changing the narrative in development communications both internally with the sector and externally in the media. Find out more on their dedicated page.