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Volunteering for the Future

Grainne O’Neill from Comhlámh writes about the new Erasmus+ project that Comhlámh are involved in, which will last for 32 months. Comhlámh, along with 3 other volunteering organisations – Volunteering Matters (UK); INEX-SDA (Czech Republic); and finep (Germany) are delighted to share the news that we have been successful in an 32-month Erasmus + project which will bring together partners from each the 4

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People & Planet: From The Rock Face In Bolivia.

For Focus 94 Sian Cowman described a trip to Bolivia aimed at gaining a picture of community resilience to climate change. You need a jeep and fair bit of patience for being bumped around to get to Lanqaya, a small community at around 4,000 meters above sea level in Norte Potosí, in the Bolivian Andes. I spent a week in this community whose adobe

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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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Breaking The Silence.

In Focus94 Freda Hughes of Phoenix FM looked at why racism in Dublin 15 goes unreported. Are the findings of the project a microcosm of the situation in Ireland at large? Economic downturn has had an impact on attitudes towards migrants in Ireland. Many who see themselves in competition for insufficient local authority houses, school places and welfare payments perceive migrants as a threat. As

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Adrienne Boyle Talks About Refugee Solidarity.

Coming back from working in Africa in the 1990’s, Adrienne Boyle was horrified by the way refugees were being greeted in Ireland. They met with media hysteria, fear and racism. So, rather than just sit on the margins, she and other Comhlamh members got stuck into refugee solidarity work. In this video she describes how: What was wonderful about Comhlámh was that there was a

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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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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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