Reflections from volunteering in Calais

Reflections from volunteering in Calais By Dr Rosanna O Keeffe (GP trainee, North Dublin City GP Trainee) with Ellen O’ Keeffe (4th year Sociology, TCD     I’m going to speak about Calais where I have volunteered twice over the last few weeks.   To start I’m going to give some background information. I assume most of you know this already but it’s important to

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Judith Ondara awarded Dympna Meaney bursary.

The Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund has made its first award of 2016 to Judith Ondara   Judith is working with a Kenyan NGO, ‘Fruits of Hope and Development Initiative’ in Kissi.  She works as a Programmes Officer and is in charge of Gender and Human Rights affairs. She coordinates training activities while also counselling women who are victims of gender violence and participates

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Digging Deeper

This resource has emerged from a deep feeling of solidarity – solidarity with communities in Peru through the connection of Northern Irish woman Lynda Sullivan, solidarity with communities locally particularly with the Save Our Sperrins campaign, and solidarity with communities all over the world.   Digging Deeper: Exploring resource extraction and our connection with the earth! What connects these communities? What are the shared struggles? What is the learning and

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“What Next” training in the Czech Republic : Application Call

Comhlámh are calling for applications from people to take part in an Erasmus + training course. This is being hosted in the Czech Republic from the September 30th – October 5th 2016.     The course is aimed at people that have worked in the global south and want to bring their experience back to their home communities. The course will be an opportunity

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When the students met the missionaries

The relationship between the Irish Mission Union, UCD Volunteers Overseas and 121 Digital was one made in heaven.   The premise of the project was this:  recently returned missionaries from the IMU would be taught IT skills by UCDVO volunteers, who are heading to Tanzania this summer.  In return, the missionaries would tell the future volunteers stories from their time overseas and offer some

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Comhlámh and TTIP

The following is the text of the speech given by Mark Cumming, head of Comhlámh at the recent anti-TTIP mobilisation in Dublin.       Comhlámh is the association of Volunteers and Development workers, a community of people who have lived and worked in the Global South Comhlámh  has over the years worked on questions of fairness and justice when it comes to trade

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Bangladesh and EU Aid Volunteers

“Our trip would involve meeting national and local counterparts to understand volunteering dynamics in the country”   Aine Lynch, Comhlámh. Our trip would involve meeting national and local counterparts to understand volunteering dynamics in the country, visit ongoing Action Aid projects see existing efforts that are being carried out in terms of emergency response the conditions and suitability for possibly hosting EU Aid volunteers

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Volunteering in humanitarian contexts.

“The European Union is bucking the trend and organising a €147million volunteering in humanitarian aid initiative which has the lofty target of deploying 4000 ‘EU Aid Volunteers’ (EUAVI) between 2015 and 2020. ” writes Kate O Donnell This form of volunteering  goes against the grain, in which volunteers are normally sent to areas of the world which are perceived to be less intense and

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May #FirstWeds : “What does migrant solidarity look like”

We are delighted to be able to confirm the following panel for next Wednesdays #FirstWeds discussion. Neltah Chadamoyo Neltah is Public Engagement Officer for (and previous chair of) the Africa Centre. She has worked as Group Coordinator with Amnesty International Ireland Zimbabwe Group. She has researched how political parties in Ireland have engaged with migrants and experience of how (or not) migrants are represented

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Policy and Practice Issue 22 Out Now

Policy and Practice Issue 22 has been published and is available online   Issue 22 of the Centre for Global Education’s journal, Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review, has been published on the theme ‘New Models of Development: Lessons from Latin America’.  It considers the lessons that development educators can draw from the new approaches to development adopted by many of the leading economies in Latin

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