Comhlámh

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As the Irish association of development workers and volunteers, Comhlámh promotes responsible, responsive international volunteering and development work.

Comhlámh is a member organisation that works to mobilise for an equitable and sustainable world. As the Irish association of development workers and volunteers, Comhlámh promotes responsible, responsive international volunteering and development work.  We support people in their journey of working for social justice.

We work with returned volunteers, partner organisations and member groups to foster just, inclusive societies, through progressive grassroots activism in Ireland and internationally.

 

www.comhlamh.org

Contact name: Dervla King

 

Contact email: dervla@comhlamh.org

Research Experience & Interest

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We conduct quantitiative and qualitative research on issues pertinant to international volunteering, global citizenship education, and civic engagement.  We also work with external contractors on specific research projects for which we don't have the internal capacity.

We have been involved as lead partner on two E+ KA2 strategic partnerships, both of which included research outputs. We conducted qualitative and quanitative research for both, and played a key role in data analysis and report writing. We've also conducted research around continuous engagement of returned intl volunteers, as part of research to inform the development of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative.
Every year, Comhlámh conducts a national survey of international volunteering from Ireland, the findings of which are shared with sectoral partners and donors.  
In the past, we've contracted researchers to produce reports on emerging modalities of volunteering, online volunteering, and factors that support people's engagement as active citizenship.
None of these have directly involved academic insitutions, but we work with staff of UCD, TU -Dublin, Maynooth University and Trinity College to provide inputs into a range of courses (health, architecture, tourism, development studies, etc).

International volunteering, global citizenship education, civic responses to migration, civic engagement in action for global justice.

Global citizenship education, expressions of global solidarity in a post-development context, decolonisation of aid/international development, equitable access to medicines.

We have internal research capacity, access to communities of returned international volunteers, migrant-led groups, organisations that are working on global justic & solidarity projects, and an extensive international network of organisations based across the EU and throughout the Global South.

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