Making the Change in Practice: From Orphanage Volunteering to Family and Community-Based Care. 

A workshop designed and facilitated for Comhlamh in Dublin in November 2019.

PROJECTS I HAVE SUPPORTED

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UNICEF KENYA

Currently working as a Consultant for UNICEF Kenya to support Kenya's National Council for Children's Services (NCCS) to develop a national care reform strategy to transition the country away from a reliance on institutional care for children and towards family and community-based care.   

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WTM RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Moderator of the WTM Responsible Tourism panel, Child Protection: What is Better Than Orphanages?in London in November 2019.  The focus of the panel was on solutions and alternatives to orphanage tourism.  The panel included Intrepid Travel, The Code and people and places: responsible volunteering.   

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NEXT GENERATION NEPAL

NGN leads work in Nepal on family reintegration, family strengthening and community-based advocacy to prevent orphanage trafficking.  Having been NGN's Country Director in Nepal between 2012-16, I continue to support the organisation's work as it's Strategic Adviser on issues relating to strategy, programmes, advocacy and partnership building.  

SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES DENMARK

Speaker and panelist at an SOS Children's Villages Alternative Care Seminar in Copenhagen in December 2019.  The seminar was run for Danish civil society organisations interested in alternative care, deinstitutionalisation and family-based care, and culminated in the establishment of a Danish Alternative Care Network. 

HOPE AND HOMES FOR CHILDREN

Designing a concept to support the tourism and volunteering industry in developing child-safe products in the post Covid-19 context.  This work is related to the ABTA and HHC led Orphanage Tourism Taskforce.  

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RESPONSIBLE TOURISM PARTNERSHIP

Developed detailed online guidance called Beyond Orphanage Visits: Resources for Travel and Volunteering Organisations on Responsible Alternatives to Orphanage Tourism and Volunteering.  The guidance covers the problem with orphanage tourism and volunteering; showcases ethical alternatives; explains the ‘pitfalls’ to avoid then transitioning away from orphanage visits; and signposts to advice on responsible divestment.

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ATOS - ALTERNATIVES TO SEPARATION

Technical adviser to ATOS to support advocacy work promoting deinstitutionalisation and family and community-based care.  Also the guest speaker at an ATOS and Crossing Borders event in Copenhagen in December 2019 called "Be a Smart Volunteer!". 

To find out about my career prior to becoming a consultant, as well as seeing what others say about me, click here.

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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

Speaker and panelist at LSE Discover International Development events and volunteering workshops in 2019 and 2020.  

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KARYA

Speaker and facilitator of a debate on responsible volunteering and child protection at the Karya Tihar Des Lumieres Pour Les Enfants Festival in Haute-Savoie  in France in November 2019. 

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COMHLAMH - ACTION FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE

Designed and facilitated a 1-day workshop for Comhlamh - the Irish Association for Development Workers and Volunteers - in Dublin in November 2019.  The workshop assisted NGOs and other organisations to safely and sustainably transition away from sending volunteers to orphanages and towards supporting family and community-based care for children.   

"In all areas of his work Martin shows the utmost levels of professionalism, dedication to the cause and takes others with him. He is humble, always looking to learn and passionate about people creating change."

David Coles, London School of Economics and Political Science

Copyright: Martin Punaks 2019