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:
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:
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.