Design & Aid? Why we are supporting Dublin’s bid to become World Design Capital 2014.
It might seem unusual for overseas aid agencies, but Dóchas – the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations – is happy to endorse Dublin’s bid to become World Design Capital 2014.
Our 46 member organisations, and their estimated 850,000 regular supporters on the island of Ireland, are practical and very lively expressions of Ireland’s deep-felt commitment to global justice, solidarity and equality. There is a long and proud tradition, which we want to update; we want to find 21st century ways of expressing Ireland’s empathy with others and our ever closer inter-linking of cultures, economies and ways of living. As aid agencies, we are proud of – and depend on – Ireland’s ability to build relationships with people across cultural divides, and
to find our common humanity.
We are part of our nation’s, and particularly our capital Dublin’s, efforts to foster innovation and close communities of people. Our member organisations depend on good communications and on everyone’s thorough understanding of the opportunities (and challenges) of being true global citizens.
And Dublin allows us to tell our stories, and reminds us of something we as aid agencies are not good at: celebrating our achievements. PIVOT Dublin, World Design Capital 2014 will be a wonderful opportunity for us to do just that.