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Our Volunteer Charter has been updated!

Roisin Boyle, Comhlámh’s Education and Training Officer introduces our new Volunteer Charter; The Volunteer Charter has recently been revised, updated and uploaded to the Comhlámh website. Comhlámh is very grateful to members of the Options and Issues Group for their instrumental role in directing changes to the Volunteer Charter with valuable insights, comments and inputs. The major objectives to the changes included simplifying the seven

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The Not So Beautiful Game

For Focus94 Thaís Mantovani discussed some of the social injustices hiding behind the World Cup in Brazi. In June this year, Brazil will host the FIFA World Cup. Thirty-two countries will play in the competition attracting attention from all over the world to the tournament and Brazilian society. Expectations are high surrounding the organization of the event, the completion of works, the business opportunities and

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People & Planet: From The Rock Face In Bolivia.

For Focus 94 Sian Cowman described a trip to Bolivia aimed at gaining a picture of community resilience to climate change. You need a jeep and fair bit of patience for being bumped around to get to Lanqaya, a small community at around 4,000 meters above sea level in Norte Potosí, in the Bolivian Andes. I spent a week in this community whose adobe

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Amy Anderson Talks About What Comhlámh Means To Her.

Amy Anderson, Comhlámh member, talks about Comhlámh and the role it has played in her life to date, and why she has joined our solidarity circle Comhlámh has played a formative role in the last few years of my life.  The organisation has held my hand and inspired me on the road to activism, critical thinking on international relations and a new career and

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Observations and Anecdotes from a Mzungu.

For Focus94 Tadgh Daly spoke about his volunteer experience in Zambia. Three and a half months into my stint here in Zambia is probably a good time to provide a low-down on what I’m actually doing here work-wise. The focus is around “capacity building” (development worker jargon for training) of ‘physical planners’ at district council level. A physical planner is essentially a combination of

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What the Frack is That?

In Focus94 Rory Fogarty discussed Fracking; the controversial extraction process that meets local protests across the world. Exploratory fracking contracts have been awarded in Fermanagh, as the UK government pursues a pro-fracking economic policy, are protests worldwide the sign of things to come for Ireland? Hydraulic fracturing is the extraction of natural gas from shale rock by injecting a mixture of water, oils, sand

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Recalling Our Fair Trade Pioneers.

For Focus94 Inese Japina spoke to Colm Ryder about Ireland’s coffee culture pioneers Colm Ryder is an environmental engineer by profession. He was an early member of Comhlámh and worked with Campaign Coffee Group in Comhlámh throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Colm told us about the development of fair trade in Ireland. How did the idea of importing Fairtrade coffee into the Irish market

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Just The TTIP?

In Focus94 Raémann Trádáil of the Comhlámh Trade Justice Group took a look at the new trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU. What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a monster, IS IT A MONSTER? as The Automatic once sang. They might well have been talking about the new trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU – “TTIP”,

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From Research to Practice: Challenges for Development Studies

On the 10th June Comhlámh’s Research and Policy Officer Siobán O’Brien Green attended “From Research to Practice: Challenges for Development Studies” a research workshop in Trinity college Dublin. The workshop was organised by Development Studies in Ireland (DSAI) and Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI).  Many of the workshop participants were completing their PhDs on development related topics and had done, or were undertaking, field

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Where Now For Alternative Trade?

For Focus94 Eamon Murphy of Comhlámh’s Trade Justice Group discussed the future of Alternative Trade, now that the European elections are over. The European Elections have come and gone, and the results have been well dissected by the media. Eleven MEPs from across the political spectrum have taken their seats in Brussels and most people will now turn away, barely concerning themselves with the goings

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