#39 | Dóchas Conference 2018

On this incredibly captivating episode of Sparking Change, Dil hosts from the Dóchas Conference 2018 in Croke Park, where she is joined by a star-studded line up of human rights activists from around the world.

01:20 Suzanne Keatinge: CEO of Dóchas

First up, we hear from Suzanne Keatinge, who is the CEO of Dóchas. Dóchas is a network for organisations committed to tackling poverty and inequality around the world. Suzanne and Dil discuss the importance of having uncomfortable conversations, and not patting each other on the back when it comes to sparking change in the world.

16:08 Rafeef Ziadah: spoken word artist, human rights activist and lecturer

Next, we hear from Rafeef Ziadah, a Palestinan spoken word artist and human rights activist, based in London. Rafeef brings the house down with captivating performances of her poetry, and explains the stories behind each of her poems. Her story is truly an inspiring one, and her performance will give you goose bumps!

52:25 Heba Aly: Director of IRIN

We hear from Heba Aly, the director of IRIN. IRIN delivers unique, authoritative and independent reporting from the frontlines of crises to inspire and produce a more effective humanitarian response. Heba and Dil discuss issues such as poverty porn and trustworthiness within charities. Watch Heba’s TEDx talk here.

1:27:07 Danny Sriskandarajah: Secretary General of CIVICUS

Finally, we hear from Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the Secretary General of CIVICUS: a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. Danny and Dil discuss the work of CIVICUS, as well as the possible causes of the declining credibility among NGOs worldwide.