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Mark Cumming Looks Back At The Year Just Gone And What’s Ahead For 2015.

Infographic: Click for full scale version or download here. How do you review a year? One way is to look through the ‘numbers’ and the attached info-graphic highlights some of the vibe off Comhlámh in the last year. While numbers give one insight, it’s not the full story. Mark Cumming, the head of Comhlámh looks back and talks about the year ahead. Another way would

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Do Everyday Goods Fuel War?

Wars in developing countries may seem remote from us in Ireland. In Focus76 Derek O’Halloran wrote that the link may be as close as the humble can of beans. From expensive luxuries like diamonds, to mundane necessities like tin cans and mobile phone components, many of the goods we use in our daily lives come from conflict regions. Because of a lack of accountability and traceability, our

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Podcast: Do We Need Trade Rather Than Aid?

Here’s a recording of last week’s edition of our regular #FirstWedsDebates in the Twisted Pepper. As part of Fair Trade Fortnight, we delved into the relationship between trade and aid. The proposition we tabled asked “Is the Trade not Aid mantra a smokescreen for greater penetration of northern business into southern economies?” It was a bit of a stellar line up and speakers included:

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Putting Women’s and Girls’ Reproductive Health at the Heart of Development Policy

A 13-year-old fistula patient at a VVF centre in Nigeria. © UNFPA/Akintunde Akinleye Siobán O’Brien Green from Comhlámh was at an exhibition launch down in Irish Aid. Yesterday evening the Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello opened a photo exhibition compiled by member of the All-Party Interest Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Development with support from the Irish Family

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We Just Met Several Start Up Volunteer Sending Agencies.

Shannette Budhai, Volunteering Quality Project Officer at Comhlámh reflects on yesterday’s meeting with several start-up volunteer sending agencies (VSAs). There was no need for introductions. The group—small but eager—organically formed and began talking amongst themselves, even before I set foot inside the room. As I made coffee and tea in our kitchenette, my attention was drawn towards the excited chatter in the room. There

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Focus 93 Reviews and Culture

Weapon of War, Documentary film. Weapon of War is the second film in a series of three documentaries about sexual violence used systematically against women and girls.   The normalisation of sexual violence is approached from the perpetrators’ point of view in the context of the decades long conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This uncompromising documentary shows how a war-torn country without

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Coming Home Handbook!

As someone who works with volunteers, you will already have skills and experience that are incredibly valuable, and this handbook intends to enhance and ‘add value’ to the work you are already doing. As all volunteers are unique with their own needs and interests, and likewise as each Volunteer Sending Agency is unique as an organisation as well as the specific nature of volunteer

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Sustaining Lifelong HIV Treatment in Namibia and Beyond.

Kate Mukungu worked in Namibia in 2002-2006. She describes this time as life-changing. Working in HIV and AIDS and experiencing Namibian life as a family and community member brought home the real impact of HIV and AIDS.  Here she talks about how reductions in international funding puts thousands of people at risk of losing out on their treatment. Namibia is one of four countries

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