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February 2nd, 2016

Personal safety in Guatemala


by Louise Kelly
Arriving at Guatemala airport at night on my first visit to the country was a sharper culture shock Read more

January 26th, 2016

Cuba’s health diplomacy


by Fergal Browne
Cuba is a country that intrigues many. Few nations with such a small population, 11 million, have so Read more

January 25th, 2016

Details announced of Dublin Student Scheme workshop

The Simon Cumbers Media Fund will hold an information workshop at 6pm on Tuesday, 2nd February at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 80 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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