Who We Are
Co-operation Ireland is an all-island peace-building charity. Established in 1979 as Co-operation North, we have for over 30 years worked to promote interaction, dialogue and practical collaboration within Northern Ireland and between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. While our role has evolved in line with the changing priorities for peace on the island, at the core of our philosophy remains the belief that getting people to work together for mutual benefit across religious, cultural and political divisions, will promote greater understanding, respect and recognition of mutual interdependence.
Co-operation Ireland's vision is of: A peaceful and stable island where people of all backgrounds live and work together for a better future.
Our mission is to sustain peace by helping to build a shared and cohesive society.
We do this by working in partnership with others in these islands, including governments, to:
- Develop initiatives which address emerging challenges to peace;
- Facilitate understanding, positive relationships and co-operation across these islands, building a sense of interdependence;
- Create a supportive environment by building capacity, influencing policy and developing collaboration at a strategic level;
- Share our learning and experience of peace-building and practical co-operation internationally.
In carrying out its mission, Co-operation Ireland is guided by, and gives expression to, the following values:
- Respect for People and their Rights;
- Inclusion, Equality and Fairness;
- Accountability, Integrity and Transparency.