Comhlámh Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid dissemination event

  Check out our video from the volunteering in humanitarian aid event which showcased a photo exhibition of volunteers from Europe and the Global South engaged in humanitarian work. The evening afforded us the opportunity to hear from three incredible panel speakers about their experiences of volunteering in various refugee camps within Europe and alongside local volunteers during the Ebola response in Sierra Leonne.

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Magda El Haitem speaks on behalf of Volunteer Groups Alliance.

James O’Brien of the Volunteer Groups Alliance has been taking part in the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the UN, which is overseeing the implementation of the SDGs. He has shared a great speech by Magda El Haitem (a returned volunteer of France Volontaires). She spoke on behalf of the Volunteer Groups Alliance of which Comhlámh is a member. We look forward to

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CETA – The implications for Ireland.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), like the flawed TTIP agreement before it, is a new generation trade agreement that risks undermining a range of rights and ultimately our democracy. The aim of this guide  – ‘CETA – The implications for Ireland’ – is to raise awareness about CETA and its potential impacts. It provides information and seeks to stimulate public discussion around

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WHAT NEXT? What happens between the ‘wake up call’ and the bit where people start doing things differently?

  Date: October  20th – 22nd  2017. Location: Eolas Soileir, Wellington, Co Wexford           The course will cover the following: – Opportunity to meet other returned volunteers in an inspirational space; – Discussions on next steps and your potential role in the ‘bigger picture’ of change-making and wave-riding; – Preparing for an Action Project – putting your experience and skills into practice

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Hvala (Thank you) Zavod Voluntariat, Slovenia

In May 2017, Comhlamh’s CSV Charlotte went to Slovenia on exchange trip where she visited Zavod Voluntarait (ZV) as part of the VolinHA project.   This CSV exchange trip was organised as part of the Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid project in the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative (EUAVI).     In short, this visit was nothing short of amazing. It gave me many opportunities, offering

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Seminars like these

So how in heavens did Comhlámh’s Áine Lynch and Ruth Powell find themselves discussing Volunteer Management in the capital city of Togo, at the beginning of May this year? How? Why? Áine is the key project officer with the European Union Aid Volunteer Initiative (EUAVI) and has been working with Comhlámh since January 2016. Her role is to share theory and practice with a

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Amanda Mukwashi: SDG’s and the future of international volunteering

Mark Cumming in conversation with Amanda Mukwashi, Chief of Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation, United Nations Volunteers (UNV).  An edited version of this interview appears in print in Focus magazine. Mark Cumming: International volunteering has changed dramatically from where it was at 30 years ago, what’s the future for international volunteering for development? Amanda Mukwashi: It started very much with a North to South dynamic,

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Comhlámh AGM: 25th May 2017

Calling all Comhlámh Members, come join us for our AGM. This year we will be launching the 2017-2021 strategic plan, the fruits of much discussion in 2016. The AGM is the moment of renewal of our board as a number of members pass on the baton after many years of sterling work.  It’s also a moment of connection as members from different members’ groups

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Israel Should Act Now to End Palestinian Hunger Strikes

Comhlámh wish to extend their support for the over 1,700 Palestinian prisoners engaged in a mass hunger strike since 17 April 2017.  We call on the Irish government to act immediately at bilateral and European levels to ensure that the basic human rights and dignity of Palestinian prisoners are upheld by Israel. These hunger strikes arise as a direct prisoner response to the brutalising

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