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A Shamrock Appeal to celebrate and build peace

Pictured: Barbara Sanga, 22 years old, is working actively with women in her community as Head of Programmes of the local peace committee in the 5th arrondissement, Bangui.Photo Credit and permission to use from Conciliation Resources / Tamanna Kalhar. Bobby Lambert is a Comhlámh member and writes here about a new initiative to promote peace and reduce violence. St Patrick’s Day is one of the

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A Good Day in the Office

Everyone here in Comhlámh was very excited and proud to read the praise of the Code of Good Practice in a Guardian article yesterday. The article discusses the concerns about the growth in voluntourism and the impact this is having on local host communities. The Guardian note, in relation to developing a set of guidelines for the industry that ‘The highest-regarded set of guidelines, though, is the

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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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Learning about how Ireland’s NGO’s inform the public about development

Comhlámh’s Research and Policy Officer Siobán O’Brien Green chats about an interesting event she attended on exploring how Ireland’s NGO’s inform the public about development and the subsequent actions these NGO’s call for.   Staff from Comhlámh attended the “Finding Frames -Engaging the Irish public in the global poverty debate” event organised by the Dóchas Development Education Working Group (DEG) on Wednesday 9th April. New Irish

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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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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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The Full Scoop

Photo: Conducting A Household Survey in Som Roung. Having graduated with a BSc International Development and Food Policy from University College Cork in 2012, Peter James Downey  wanted to use his degree for something good. Here he talks about how he got involved in volunteering. However finding a job within the development sector in Ireland is difficult. So I turned my attention abroad and found

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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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Beyond Book Club To Look At Transatlantic.

The Comhlámh supported group meets once a month in the FOAM cafe. The next meeting is on February 17th at 7pm. Maeve McCutcheon started the Beyond Book Club to read books with a developmental slant. And what better way to do it than to share the books over conversation with others? Here’s what Goodreads.com had to say about the book: In 1845 a black American slave lands

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