Comhlámh Code

Code description


Cómhlámh Code of Practice


Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice is a set of standards for Irish Volunteer Sending Agencies facilitating international placements. The Code is based on a vision of volunteers working in solidarity for a just, equitable and sustainable world. It promotes responsible and responsive volunteering to ensure a positive impact for the overseas project and community, the volunteer and the sending agency.


The Code promotes development education, which enables people to more deeply understand the world around them and to address the root causes of inequality and poverty.


Every Volunteer Sending Agency, which is party to the Code of Good Practice, commits to the implementation of the Code’s five values that underpin the work of international volunteer programmes. These are solidarity, respect, social justice, ecological sustainability and integrity.


Full details of the Code are available here

“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 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 group to foster just, inclusive societies, through progressive grassroots activism in Ireland and internationally.


More details of Comhlámh work can be found here.


Some other useful links:


Irish Aid (the Overseas Development Department of the Irish Dept of Foreign Affairs):

An Irish Development and human rights education resource maintained by a consortium of organisations based in Ireland:

The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations which all work on poverty reduction in developing countries:

A UK based website on development policy, practice and research:

Volunteer Ireland:

Christophe Bisson Blog:

Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research:

Cerebral Palsy Symptoms provide the public with accurate and up-to-date information on cerebral palsy and other birth injury complications

Chernobyl Children International’s Page on Facebook

Chernobyl Information Website:

Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation

United Nations:

United Nations Development Programme:

OECD Development Assistance Committee:

European Centre for Development Policy Management:

The International Committee of the Red Cross:

The International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies:

The Chernobyl Gallery:

Code of Good Practice:

Volunteer Charter Link:


Irish Office

Chernobyl Children International
1A The Stables
Alfred Street
Tel: +353 21 455 8774


US Office

Chernobyl Children International
Northport Financial Center
490 Main Street
Northport NY 11768