Doirin Graham – on Community-Led Local Development now

Doirin Graham is the CEO of Clare Local Development Company which on Monday learned that it was successful in its bid for LEADER funding worth €8.9m to County Clare. Doirin's company, set up in 1992, went against the tide in competing with the county's new Local and Community Development Committee for the funding. It was … Continue reading Doirin Graham – on Community-Led Local Development now

Social Enterprises in Rural Communities – Case Study Ireland

A paper presented at the 5th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, ‘Building a scientific field to foster social enterprise eco-system,’ June 30th to July 3rd, 2015, Helsinki, Finland.   In Ireland social enterprises are seen primarily as non-profit organisations driven by social objectives. Irish thinking on the social economy has been influenced by … Continue reading Social Enterprises in Rural Communities – Case Study Ireland

The Role of Community Development in Tackling Poverty in Ireland. A Literature Review for the Combat Poverty Agency

In recent years the role of communities in tackling poverty has been a major component of Irish social policy with several national programmes funded to address social inclusion. Many of these incorporate and promote community development approaches such as the Community Development Programme itself, the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme and the Family and Community … Continue reading The Role of Community Development in Tackling Poverty in Ireland. A Literature Review for the Combat Poverty Agency

Sydney community groups unite to fight ‘greed-led’ overdevelopment

An alliance of local community groups has formed to combat what it says is rampant overdevelopment robbing Sydney of its heritage, green spaces, and liveability. The group, named the Save Sydney Coalition, says the city is being ruined by “greed-led population growth” facilitated by developers focused only on easy profits. The Coalition consists of a … Continue reading Sydney community groups unite to fight ‘greed-led’ overdevelopment

Indigenous people are being displaced again – by gentrification

Soaring rents are destroying the communities Aboriginal people have painstakingly built in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. It all feels very familiar Walking into the inner-city Brisbane suburb of West End one morning, I witnessed a group of Aboriginal “parkies” being moved on from a corner of the main road. “So nothing’s really changed for blackfellas … Continue reading Indigenous people are being displaced again – by gentrification