A Shared Vision for Ireland’s Contribution to: ‘set the agenda for the future of Humanitarian Action'


Funded By:

  Deptartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA)


  Irish Aid: Development Education Funding Scheme


Lead Researchers:

  Dr Pat Gibbons, Brian Casey, Eimear Hannon


Duration of Project:

  01-May-14 to 30-Sep-16




The Project aims to set the agenda for ‘Ireland’s Humanitarian Agenda Post 2016’. It is designed to feed into the consultation process of a bigger global initiative, the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) 2016 - being managed and coordinated by UN OCHA.  Two part-time personnel (Brian Casey & Eimear Hannon) are employed as part of the process to manage,  coordinate and implement a strategy that will be developed by the project’s Steering Committee.  This Steering Committee comprises a range of senior officials from a broad humanitarian stakeholder mix.

In summary the project will: a) map and explore shared interests between this disparate stakeholder mix to arrive at a coherent Irish message to be brought to an Irish Humanitarian Summit in 2015; and b) to manage and co-ordinate Ireland’s contribution to the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in 2016.




Who's Involved?

To drive the Irish Consultative process, we have established a Steering Committee and a small National Secretariat which is housed in the Centre for Humanitarian Action, University College Dublin.  We are currently arranging a series of events and consultations in the lead up to the Summit and will convene our own ‘Irish Humanitarian Summit’ in 2015 in Dublin.  This National Steering Committee is represented at the highest level in UN OCHA’s global consultation process with a representative on one of the four thematic teams that have been established to steer the consultation process.

The Steering Committee for the Irish Consultation has been drawn from the relevant stakeholder groups and is currently comprised of the below members:


  • Catherine Bragg (Private Sector)
  • Dominic Crowley (NGO)
  • Lisa Doherty (Public Sector)
  • Pat Gibbons (Academia)
  • Ciara Loughney (NGO *on leave)
  • Edel McGinley (Diaspora)
  • Reiseal Ni Cheilleachair (NGO)
  • Dualta Roughneen (NGO)
  • Salome Mbugua (NGO)

The National Secretariat based at the CHA is comprised of: Brian Casey (Project Manager) & Ken Reid (Website Coordinator).

This consultation, while being coordinated at the UCD CHA, aims to gather information and ideas from the breadth of actors involved in humanitarian action in Ireland. Since September 2014, over 300 companies and individuals have contributed to this project, each bringing a perspective from their own position and experience.

There have been 5 stakeholder groups feeding into the Irish Consultation process:


Public sector

There are a number of Public Sector Department’s involved in the study - including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Defence, the Defence Forces, the Department of Justice and Equality, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Environment, and An Garda Síochána. These departments have been consulted on the process and contributed to the study via a questionnaire and/or participation in a Focus Group Discussion.


Private Sector

The Irish Consultation is being supported by Dr. Catherine Bragg, former UNOCHA Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, who has been leading the discussions with the private sector. Often overlooked when humanitarian action is being considered, the private sector has an increasingly important role to play in improving how aid is delivered. Interviews are currently underway and over 40 companies, mainly multi-national corporations, have being consulted.  Below is a list of just some of the companies who have been interviewed as part of the study:

Glanbia; Google; Davy Group; DHL; Accenture; Ulster Bank; Bank of Ireland; KPMG; Hewlett-Packard; Eircom; Deloitte; Western Union.


Ireland has a well-earned reputation as being home to some of the strongest and most far reaching NGOs working in the field of humanitarian action. Key to this consultation, the NGOs are feeding into the process at all stages. Currently this group has completed a structured questionnaire and more recently a focus group discussion. NGOs already partaking in this consultation include:


Universities and research institutes also have a key role to play in this consultation. At this point the following institutions have been feeding into the consultation via questionnaires and participation in a focus group discussion:


Often an overlooked group, this consultation strongly considers the opinions and ideas of the diaspora community in Ireland to be of significant value. These groups have completed a structured questionnaire and participated in a very successful focus group discussion. The following nationalities are just some of those currently participating within the diaspora stakeholder group:

Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Burundi, South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Algeria, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Botswana, India.