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
Currently working as a Consultant for UNICEF Kenya to support Kenya's National Council of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!".
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.
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.
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
Keynote speaker at the LSE Discover International Development event London in October 2019. The talk was entitled "What will development be like in 2030?". The talk explored how concepts of ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ nations will become less relevant, and how we will need global solutions to global problems, including ideas from the Global South to help solve problems in the Global North.
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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"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