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Will There Be A Comhlamh Group In The North Soon?

Last month Comhlámh travelled to Belfast to meet with a group of global educators who had made the request to develop an active group in the north. Grainne O’Neill, our Volunteer Engagement Project Officer has this report. We met in the Youth Action offices right in the city centre and the fruit, buns and chatter got the meeting off to a friendly start. The

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Why Was There A Slow Response To The 2010 Humanitarian Crisis In Pakistan?

Back in 2010 for Focus86 Caroline S. Connolly explored possible reasons why there was a slow response to the flooding in Pakistan. According to the UN, the floods in Pakistan are the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history. Maurizio Giuliano, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said: “This disaster is worse than the tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and

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It’s Mid Season In Our Dev Ed Course.

Caption: Comhlámh’s Training and Education Project Officer Roisin delivering the Skills in DevEd course Comhlámh’s Skills in Development course is now just over half way, as the fifth session concluded last Thursday. This ten week evening course aims to equip participants with the skills and methodologies to work effectively with groups on global development and social justice issue in a friendly, informal group environment.

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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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Does Short Term Unskilled Volunteering Do More Harm Than Good?

Janet Horner attended a recent debate in NUIG about ‘voluntourism’. She argued against the motion ‘This house believes that short term unskilled volunteering in developing countries does more harm than good’. She lost gracefully to a large majority vote in favour of the motion but was encouraged to see so many students eager to engage in this important issue. Here, she shares some of

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Comhlámh’s Skills in Development Education Course

This ten week evening course aims to equip participants with the skills and methodologies to work effectively with groups on global development and social justice issue in a friendly, informal group environment. ‘It provided exposure to different methodologies, practical hands-on approach, and diversity of experience’ ‘It helped me see Development Education in a broad sense and how I can be more involved’ ‘The course

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Comhlámh’s Skills in Development Education Course

This ten week evening course supported by Concern aims to equip participants with the skills and methodologies to work effectively with groups on global development and social justice issue in a friendly, informal group environment. ‘It provided exposure to different methodologies, practical hands-on approach, and diversity of experience’   ‘It helped me see Development Education in a broad sense and how I can be

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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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