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June 22nd, 2016

Haitian women mean business

By Jennifer Barker
Arriving back in Haiti hits me hard. Instantly I’m awash with the familiar magical and chaotic energy that is almost palpable in Read more

May 25th, 2016

Syrian refugees in Turkey

by Lorraine Courtney
Walking through the steel turnstiles that form the entrance of the Kilis refugee camp on the Syrian border, it is the Read more

May 17th, 2016

India on the rise


by Colin Brennan
Rising has been an extremely popular word in Ireland this year and it summed up the feeling in Kolkata, India, Read more



What is the Media Fund all about?

In 2005, a little over a year after the tragic death of Irish journalist Simon Cumbers, Irish Aid established the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to honour his memory. The aim of the Fund is to assist and promote more and better quality media coverage of development issues in the Irish media. Two rounds of funding are allocated every year: one in summer, and one in winter.

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About Simon Cumbers

Originally from Navan, Co. Meath, Simon Cumbers was an experienced journalist, whose career took him from newspaper and radio reporting in Ireland to reporting and producing for ITN and Channel 4 Daily – amongst others – in the UK.

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The Simon Cumbers Media Fund Blog

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund blog contains updates from journalists in the field and serves as a forum in which funded journalists can share information and advice with each other.

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