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International development events in Ireland

Keen to get more involved in the international development sector in Ireland? Attending events is the best way to meet like-minded people, find out about new initiatives and be inspired to promote the SDGs in your everyday life.

We’ve compiled a list of the best places to find out about development and humanitarian events, so you don’t have to!


The Dóchas Wednesday News is our go-to resource for finding out about what’s happening locally in international development and humanitarian aid. Lots of NGOs, ourselves included, regularly submit information about upcoming events – you’ll find everything from film screenings and info evenings to debates, meetings and conferences Dóchas themselves host inspiring events throughout the year, including their annual conference, which will take place on Thursday 3rd May in Croke Park and focus on the theme of ‘Engaging the Public in a Conversation about Global Poverty and Injustice’.

Industry events are a great way of learning about volunteering and international development.


The Trinity International Development Initiative fortnightly e-bulletin features a selection of international development-related activities, the majority of which are free to the public and take place within Trinity College. These focus on a range of topics, including global health, women’s rights, poverty reduction and humanitarian aid. To get added to this mailing list, you just have to email


As well as being one of the best websites for both international and domestic charity jobs, Activelink also have an up-to-date events page. Charities regularly send in information about upcoming campaigns, seminars and talks, which can be a good way of building up contacts if you’d like to start working in the sector. While the majority of these events take place in Dublin, the website features happenings all around the country.

Development Perspectives

As part of their #SDGChallenge, each month Development Perspectives run interactive workshops focusing on a specific SDG each time. The great thing about these events is that they take place all over Ireland so more people are able to get involved. Each workshop lasts about two hours and focuses on how we can make a positive impact within our local communities. You can stay updated about Development Perspectives’ events by checking out their website.

Some of the VSO Ireland team at Africa Day.

Irish Aid

Irish Aid run events throughout the year, some which focus on raising awareness of international development issues in schools. We’d definitely recommend attending their flagship event Africa Day, which usually takes place on one of the last Sundays in May. Those interested in international volunteering should also check out the annual Volunteer Fair in October. You can find out more about Irish Aid events by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

The UN

While it’s not a source of information on Irish events per se, the UN’s list of international days offers an insight into the main dates in the global development and humanitarian calendar. Just some UN days that VSO Ireland will be getting involved in are International Women’s Day on 8th March, World Health Day on 7th April, No Poverty day on 17th October and International Volunteer Day on 5th December. Google a UN day and your location to find out about what’s happening near you.


Comhlámh, the umbrella group for volunteer-sending organisations in Ireland, are always in the know about charity events and training sessions that might be of interest to returned volunteers. Head to their Facebook page for details of upcoming events, including their monthly First Wednesday Debates, which are live streamed for those unable to attend. Comhlámh have many active groups, including the Trade Justice group and Palestine/Israel Development Education group, that also meet regularly and run courses through the year.

The Wheel and Irish Charity Lab

While The Wheel isn’t solely focused on the international development sector, they run courses, webinars and seminars that will be of interest to those working in the community and voluntary sectors. Irish Charity Lab also run affordable courses that can help you upskill if you already work in the sector. We completed training with both organisations and were highly impressed.


The Irish Development Education Association is a national platform for organisations and individuals engaged in promoting development education throughout Ireland. Joining IDEA to a great way to make connections in the development education sector and learn more about key issues. IDEA is full of friendly faces and always welcome new members regardless of your professional background. Check out their Facebook page to find out more.

Prospective and returned volunteers mingling at a Meet VSO information evening.

DSA Ireland

If you’re interested in international development research, then you’ll need to sign up to the DSA Ireland’s newsletter. While their annual conference is the main focus for the association, they run study groups and panel discussions throughout the year. There are civil society, gender, education and humanitarian study groups you can join, to name but a few.

VSO Ireland

A shameless plug here but we too share information about local development events on our Facebook page and through our monthly newsletter. We also run monthly Meet VSO information evenings, which are a great opportunity to find out more about volunteering overseas and chat with our returned volunteers about their experiences.

You should now be well on your way to pencilling in some interesting and engaging events for 2018. If you can think of any other sources we’ve missed, let us know and we’ll add them in!


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