Since August 2017, targeted violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over 700,000 people – almost half of whom are children – to seek safety in neighbouring Bangladesh. As the number of Rohingya refugees continues to rise, this is now the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.
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Today marks seven years of war in Syria. In our video interview, Concern’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Brid Kennedy, discusses the catastrophic impact this conflict has had on the lives of Syrian people.
Continuing our 'thought leadership' series, Concern's Equality Advisor, Adèle Fox, takes a look at gender equality 107 years after we first marked International Women’s day, and examines the role of men in deconstructing gender inequalities.
So much of the technology we use today is taken for granted: the laptop provided to us by our employer, the smartphone given to us at Christmas and the tablets our children play on. But not all people have these devices available and an inequality, often called 'the Digital Divide', persists around the globe. Last year, Concern applied for a grant funded by Google which focused on putting digital devices into the hands of those who need them the most.
While paper still plays an important role in Malawi for collecting data, Concern has been investing considerably more in Digital Data Gathering (DDG) devices to help conduct surveys. EU Aid Volunteer (EUAV) Caroline outlines the benefits and challenges of using such devices in a country with limited access to electricity and the internet.
With the CAO deadline fast approaching, students across the country are asking themselves that daunting question: “What do I want to be?” If you are thinking of a future in development work then read Ciara Hogan’s story. In this two part series, Ciara shines a light on the twists and turns that took her to where she is, working as a Programme Support Officer on the ground in Niger, far away from her home in Ireland.
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2017 saw the tragic Rohingya crisis unfold in Bangladesh, political crises evolve on the world stage and a homelessness crisis snowball in Ireland. Yet in big ways and small, 2017 also saw people across the world continue to work for peace and equality, open dialogue and light our own tiny candles in the darkness. The Project Us movement for change – which kicked off in October 2017 – will be one of our ways of letting in the light in 2018 and beyond!