The Comhlámh Code of Good Practice (CoGP)
The Comhlámh CoGP for Volunteer Sending Agencies is a set of standards for organisations involved in facilitating international volunteer placements in the Global South. The CoGP is based on a vision of volunteers working in solidarity for a just, equitable and sustainable world. The focus of the Code is to ensure overseas volunteering has a positive impact for the three main stakeholders: the volunteer, the sending agency, and the local project and community.
Comhlámh strongly advises people thinking about volunteering overseas to only go with agencies that have signed up to our Code Of Good Practice.
The CoGP supports volunteer programmes to be led by a belief in global justice, to be based on good development practice and to address identified needs in partnership with local projects and communities. The CoGP promotes development education as key to effective volunteering which works to analyse and challenge the root causes of inequality and poverty.
The Code has been developed in close consultation with Irish volunteer sending agencies, returned volunteers and with a range of partners that host international volunteers. Internationally this Code has been recognised as best practice: ‘The highest-regarded set of guidelines, though, is the Code of Good Practice for Volunteer-Sending Organisations (CoGP) developed by Comhlamh, an Irish organisation’. The Guardian
Currently there are 44 organisations committed to implementing good practice through the CoGP. We strongly recommend that you choose one of them if you are thinking about volunteering in the Global South.
Volunteer sending agencies that have signed up to the CoGP commit to upholding and implementing 11 principles.