Opinion

Access to Medicine Conference : Audio

On Wednesday February 8th 2017 Comhlamh Trade Justice group along with AWEPA hosted a conference looking at the current patent model and the issues of pharmaceutical companies monopolising the industry and charging massive amounts of money for life and death medicines.   The prevailing biomedical R&D model results in medicine prices ‘as high as the market will bear’- which is a price that is often out

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Are we Creole enough? Discussing about multicultural collaboration..

One of the undoubted richness of the VolinHA-HO consortium is the knowledge that each partner has in sending and hosting international volunteers. Creating positive working placements for international volunteers is, indeed, an asset to facilitate the collaboration on the field and to guarantee the ownership of the results in Cooperation development as well as in Humanitarian Aid projects focusing on preparedness, response and in

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“Desperately seeking stories”

Once again, here in Comhlámh we are seeking your stories. We are looking for stories, from recently returned volunteers and development workers for the Irish Aid website, for our VolOps magazine, for our blog and for our Spring Campaign, which we will be launching just before Easter. Why do we want these stories? The ancient ritual of storytelling predates writing and humans have been

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Authentic and inclusive leadership

Authentic and inclusive leadership was explored by Eolas Soileir and their EU partners in Comhlámh in September – you can read more here from the coordinator of the project, Deirdre Quinlan.   In 2015 four European partners – ALP (Austria), Eolas Soileir (Ireland), University of Malta and Kameleonte (Italy) came together to explore, discuss and develop a concept and training for ‘Authentic and Inclusive

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Student Guidelines for Ethical Fieldwork Overseas

Comhlámh is delighted to be acknowledged for our support for the development of the Student Guidelines for Ethical Fieldwork Overseas. Well done to all those involved in the Irish Forum for Global Health and the Development Studies Association in this.   The guidelines is a practical reference tool developed for students, by students, to guide the ethical conduct of overseas fieldwork. Informed by a

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International Volunteers Day 2016

 #GlobalApplause – Thoughts on the context of International Volunteer Day from Comhlámh’s head, Mark Cumming.     In 2015, just under 2,000 people from Ireland volunteered in 50 countries across 6 continents. The roles covered a range of areas, including medical and health professionals, teachers, engineers, youth workers, trades people, journalists, accountants and legal professionals.These volunteers went with one of the 43 Irish volunteer

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My Erasmus+ experience in Czech Republic

Deirdre Gavin writes about her time volunteering in the Czech Republic. On the 29th of September last I trekked through a forest near a tiny town called Chotěboř in the Czech Republic to embark on what was to be an intense, inspiring and fun-filled week. The training course was for return volunteers from the Global South to dissect and explore our experiences in an

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My time in Tanzania: Siofra Herr

Siofra Herr writes about her experiences of Volunteering with UCDVO and taking part in the Comhlámh ‘What Next’ course. On the 17th of June this year,   myself and eighteen other volunteers embarked on a four week volunteering project teaching computers and English in Morogoro Tanzania. The volunteering programme was run by UCDVO in partnership with TanzEd and Camara Education, and we, the volunteers,

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Two Fried Chickens and Dry White Toast

Philip Mudge writes his final blog post for Comhlámh on international volunteering, orphanages…and the Blues Brothers?? It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses… but that don’t make orphanages a good place to raise children.     Those of you familiar with my previous blogs on international volunteering for

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