Development opportunities in Ireland




6u8kJYYZ_400x400Amnesty International is well-known and respected organisation promoting and standing for human rights all around the world. Their motto: ‘Together, we are powerful’, points out that many of their successful projects are dependent on public support. Amnesty has its regional offices in many countries around the world and care about human rights issues on both, local and global level. Check their national office.

Justice for PalestineThe Justice for Palestine Group are 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 Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign;download (5) campaigns for justice for the Palestinian people, through raising public awareness about the human rights abuses in the occupied territories, the violations of international law and the historical causes of the injustices to the Palestinians that lie at the heart of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.


pbi_logoPeace Brigades International (PBI) is a unique international organisation promoting nonviolent approaches to peacebuilding and protecting human rights defenders since 1981.



Friends_of_the_Earth_(logo).svgFriends of the Earth Ireland  and FOE Northern Ireland campaigns for environmental justice and sustainability. We believe in sustainable development – meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. And we believe in fair shares – too often the poorest communities in the world are denied access to the natural resources essential to life, such as fresh water, while rich countries consume and pollute recklessly

15173277721046206Young Friends of the Earth are a volunteer activist group working to advance global climate justice by mobilising and inspiring people to join the movement in Ireland!


cFBn41Vo_400x400 Carraig Dúlra is a family-owned social enterprise dedicated to providing education, experiences, and connections related to sustainable living; namely Permaculture education



Cultivate is a practical sustainability organisation. We aim to equip people to respond to the twin issues of energy vulnerability and climate change by providing access to the knowledge and tools that cultivate sustainable lifestyles and resilient communities. Cultivate programmes include: Green building, Community resilience, Permaculture, and a Convergence festival Ireland’s longest running sustainable living festival.



Transition Town– Starting from a high school project in Totnes, United Kingdom, the transition town movement has now spread globally. It is based on communities and, in a nutshell, it aims to transform towns into more self-sufficient and energy independent units. There are many projects evolving within the movement. There are Transition town in Ireland you can locate them on the link Transition Near me on the website. You could also look at starting a new group

Irish Cyling Advocacy Network. The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network – is primarily a federation of the affiliated urban cycling or walking campaigns groups in Ireland.


Comhlámh Belfast Group 1The Comhlámh Belfast group has been working together since 2013.  From the outset, the group has aimed to raise awareness about existing work that’s going on in Northern Ireland around global justice and solidarity issues, as well as developing new activities and resources.  In common with the organisation’s other member groups, Comhlámh Belfast uses development education methodologies and a grassroots, participative approach to developing their activities.  The group focuses on advocacy and solidarity work that focuses on mining in Peru and in Northern Ireland.  If you are interested in getting involved in this group please contact


cropped-SiteIconGlobal Action Plan  supports schools, communities and businesses to take practical action to live as sustainably as possible.  Our mission is to support people to live more sustainable lifestyles, by offering practical yet creative solutions that inspire people to act. Equally important, GAP programmes empower individuals to change their long-term consumption habits with sustainable living tools and programmes.

Refugee and Migration 


MAmasilogoSI is an independent platform for asylum seekers to join together in unity and purpose.  The collective seeks justice, freedom and dignity for all asylum seekers.


46503478_2211170739142125_3110577687001825280_nRefugee and Migrant Solidarity Ireland (RAMSI) The group- made up of people from all walks of life- focuses on leading actions of solidarity (both practical and political) with those seeking refuge both in Ireland and abroad. We, the people, are coming together and responding to those in need of support. Our action and impact is in huge contrast to that taken by the Irish government. Real change happens with the people.


Ireland Says WelcomeIreland Says Welcome is a membership group of Comhlámh, sharing news, information and refugee solidarity initiatives in Ireland and across Europe.
Our vision is of a welcoming, inclusive and participatory Ireland for those escaping war, persecution and poverty.



Join the Right to Refuge campaign As a member of the Right to Refuge campaign, you’ll be part of a movement of people across the island of Ireland who are using their voice to create lasting change in the lives of refugees and migrants. Together, we have already achieved so much, in Ireland and across the world




Trocaire-with-strapline Trocaire currently have vibrant volunteer groups in various regions in Ireland who bring valuable skills, experience and energy to supporting our work here – and we’re looking for more volunteers to join us.


Concern_worldwide_logoConcern Worldwide is always on the lookout for volunteers. Please see the website for details on the opportunities to help as a volunteer in Ireland. The work of volunteers is central to everything we do, and the scale of the input of volunteers isn’t always visible but it is truly remarkable. Also check out their new initiative Project us 


CICLogo-01 Children in Crossfire is driven by our vision for a compassionate world where every child can reach his or her potential.  You can get involved today and make a real, lasting difference to some of the world’s most vulnerable children.  Working as one team we combine all skills and experience to make a positive change.  You can participate in so many ways no matter what your skills are.


download (2)LYCS aims to create a variety of learning opportunities for our community, prioritising people living locally and people experiencing poverty and social exclusion


re-dress-logo Re-dress, the better fashion initiative believes the fashion industry can & should be better. They co-ordinate events, workshops, projects, exhibitions, industry consultations and public campaigns all with the goal of promoting meaningful change towards better practices and a sustainable future for the fashion industry.

Development/Global education



The Global Citizen Award (GCA) is a programme that encourages international volunteers to use their overseas experience to take action and raise awareness of global justice on their return to Ireland.


Change Makers objective is to raise adult awareness of the rapidly- changing, inter-connected world we live in. The project is supporting people in Donegal to take action for a more just world.

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Development Perspectives is a Development Education NGO and registered charity (No. 18555) based in Drogheda, County Louth whose mission is to contribute to lessening poverty, inequality and climate change through transformative education and active global citizenship.



The Waterford One World Centre see Development Education as a way of understanding the complex issues that impact our world. We see the promotion of Development Education as a means of enabling people to work effectively for change in their lives and in the world as a whole.  Our particular focus is on responsible consumption and sustainable living.

galway-one-world-centreGalway One world centre mission is to create educational opportunities in Galway that develop a critical analysis of the unequal power relationships that historically and currently exist between diverse groups, both locally and globally. GOWC’s aim is to empower people through education, direct action, networking, outreach and provision of resources to create a world where all people have equality of rights, opportunities and respect.


Social justice


Access to Medicines IrelandThe Access to Medicine Ireland (AMI) is campaigning for a system of medical research and development that delivers the medicines we need at a fair price. We propose actionable, evidence-based solutions to these problems – based on recommendations from bodies such as the UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines, the WHO and MSF. We very much welcome new members, who can contact us at  You can get us on Twitter at @AccessToMedsIRL and Facebook at /accesstomedicinesireland.

Trade Justice GroupThe Comhlámh Trade Justice Group works to 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.  If you are interested in joining the group, or finding out more, please contact us at

download (4)Focus Magazine is Ireland’s leading magazine on global development issues. Since 1978, Focus has been making links between the situation in Ireland and in the South, with a view to challenging assumptions, and promoting understanding, interest in and action on development issues among a broad public. In particular, it aims to provide alternative views to those expressed in mainstream media. Focus is always looking contributors and for quality content.

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Comhlámh ‘First Wednesday Debates’ are a series of debates on the first Wednesday of each month in Dublin on different development topics.



LASC (Latin America Solidarity Centre) is a membership-based organisation. We are individuals who share a passion for real social change in Latin America and Ireland, and we believe that peace with justice and equality for all can come only through genuine participation of everyone in society’s decision making.

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logo (2)Dochas Wednesday News 


activelink-orange-yellow-300Activelink is the premier online network for Irish community and non-profit organisations and those interested in this sector. We provide information on jobs, tenders, volunteering, events, fundraising, training, publications and funding in these sectors. This website is updated daily and filtered into 2 weekly newsletter bulletins: Activelink (jobs and volunteering) and Community Exchange (training and events).


IDEA newsletter IDEA’s members come from different regions of the island of Ireland. They work in different sectors of society and use a wide variety of tools drawn from education and development practices to engage the Irish public in Development Education

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