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Established in 1975, Comhlámh (pronounced ‘co-law-ve’, Irish for ‘solidarity’) is a member and supporter organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues.

Some of the key issues with which Comhlámh engages include:

  • Overseas volunteering
  • Trade justice
  • Development education
  • Anti-racism activities

Comhlámh's Volunteering Options programme works to promote informed decision-making among overseas volunteers,
and to encourage best practice for organisations that arrange volunteer placements in developing countries. This includes the development of a website, a Volunteer Charter, and a Code of Practice for Sending Organisations. Comhlámh also provides a wide range of services and supports for returning development workers.

Comhlámh's Volunteer Charter
Comhlámh's Code of Practice for Sending Organisations

IVCO 2018 Resource Paper: Active citizenship, civic engagement and global citizenship

Engaging Returned Volunteers in Active Citizenship: Research, learning and best practice from four countries

From Volunteers to Active Citizens

Comhlámh’s Volunteer Charter

Diaspora Volunteering: A Comhlámh Discussion Paper

Comhlámh’s Survey on International Volunteering from Ireland 2013

Online Volunteering: A Comhlámh Discussion Paper

New Evidence on Overseas Volunteering from Ireland: And it's socio-economic impact in Ireland

What Next: A toolkit for returned volunteers

Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Agencies

The Coming Home Book: For returned overseas volunteers, development workers, humanitarian workers and missionaries

Comhlámh Abstract: The Impact of International Volunteering on Host Organisations in India and Tanzania

Plenary presentation and Discussion: Advocating for people-centred development in the post-2015 agenda : Engaging in the process nationally, regionally and globally