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You can become involved in Comhlámh’s work as a member. Why not sign up today?

There are several active groups working within Comhlámh. These groups are made up of volunteers and members who have an interest in global justice and development issues, and want to make a difference.

Settling into our members room.

The groups are open to anyone – you don’t have to be an expert, we all learn together! All you need is an interest in global inequalities and a desire to get active and work together with like-minded people.

Does this sound like you? If you’d like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you, so please do get in touch.

We really value all levels of commitment and contribution from our members and supporters; we can’t do it without you!

Pictured: We have a wonderful members room to host our active groups when they want to have planning meetings, discussions or events. 

Find out more about our active groups:

 Trade Justice


The Trade Justice Group is a group of volunteers who care about global justice. We raise awareness of how unfair trade rules prevent some of the poorest countries in the world from moving out of poverty.

Countries of the Global South lose much more through unfair trade rules than they receive in aid from rich countries. The Trade Justice Group believes that trade should be used as a tool for poor countries to develop. For this to happen, global trade rules need to change.

Read more about the work of the group here.

 Ireland Says Welcome Group

The Ireland Says Welcome Group  have come together to share news, information and refugee solidarity initiatives in Ireland and across Europe. The  vision of the group is of a welcoming, inclusive and participatory Ireland for those escaping war, persecution and poverty.

Read more about the work of the group here

 The Dympna Meaney Fund

Mary van Lieshout, Mark Cummins & Ivana Bacik at the launch of the Dympna Meaney Fund.


The Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund is being set up to connect women leaders from the global south with skills building opportunities to strengthen their contribution to global human rights

Dympna Meaney (1957—1991) was a global solidarity activist based in Dublin, Ireland, whose work was infused by passion for equality and social justice. She inspired and empowered all those who came in contact with her.

Her untimely death on 10 December 1991 in a cycle accident in Dublin robbed us of a great champion in the fight for gender equality and human rights. Through the Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund, friends and former colleagues, aim to ensure Dympna’s vision for justice and solidarity lives on.

We are a micro philanthropic effort and provide bursaries to women leaders from the global south who are working to promote human rights and equality.

Click here to find out more about the fund

 Focus Magazine


Focus is the magazine of Comhlámh, the Irish association of development workers and volunteers. Comhlámh – Irish for solidarity – aims to remind our readers that they do not stand alone on this globe. Focus informs its readers about issues of global justice, whether they involve farmers in Africa or refugees in Ireland. But Focus is about more than information. It is about engagement, about showing our readers the avenues they can take to change our world.

Click here to find out more…  

 Belfast Group


Comhlámh Belfast is a group for members in N. Ireland who have come together to collaborate on global justice issues in Belfast and throughout N. Ireland, connecting with campaigns local and global and raising awareness through global education. The group has recently been involved in organising storytelling events, action and activity against mining, drawing on recent campaigns in N. Ireland and Peru, and linking with different initiatives in N. Ireland, bringing a global justice perspective.

Meetings are every 6 weeks or so in a city centre location in Belfast. To find out more about this group, or to join the next meeting, contact Gráinne or check out the facebook page! 

 The Palestine/Israel Development Education group

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The Palestine/Israel Development Education group are a group of Comhlámh members and supporters who have come together to research and learn about the conflict in this region.  The membership of the group includes those who have worked in the region as volunteers and those who have not but who have an interest to learn.  The group is keen to raise awareness about the history and current situation of the conflict.


 The group has organised one public event in November 2015 as it sought to connect up with the wider Development Education sector and engage them on how the conflict can be brought through Development Education methodologies to those interested to explore their knowledge and perspectives with a view to taking actions on the issues.  The group is currently working on putting together a six week Dev Ed course on the Palestine/Israel question. The course will cover a wide range of topics on the history of the conflict right up to current daily living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. There will also be expert guest speakers brought in to talk about their specialised areas. The course is being aimed at people who would be interested to learn and explore what is going on in this region, including those with little prior knowledge.  Development Education approaches aim to encourage critical enquiry, so it will be a very participatory course that will facilitate participants to consider what action they can take on the issues in Palestine/Israel. The aim is for the course to run here in Comhlámh and will hopefully commence early April. 

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