The Comhlámh Code of Good Practice (CoGP) for Volunteer Sending Agencies
Brighter Communities Worldwide is a signatory of the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice (CoGP) for Volunteer Sending Agencies. The Code is a set of standards for organisations involved in facilitating international volunteer placements in the global south.
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.
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. It is based on the values of sustainable development, solidarity and partnership.
As signatories to the Code, Brighter Communities Worldwide conducts an annual self-audit of our compliance and every 3 years we undertake a desk-based review. Following our 2017 desk-based review, we were referred to the Comhlamh Recognition Panel who is tasked with the responsibility of conferring the Core Indicators and Comprehensive Compliance awards and we were awarded Comprehensive Compliance standard for the second time. This means that we have all core indicators and at least 85% of all indicators in place for our international volunteer programmes. Comprehensive Compliance status is the highest award for quality responsible volunteering programmes available to Irish international volunteer sending agencies.