Building Capacity in Communities in Transition

In September 2017 Co-Operation Ireland in partnership with the Mitchel Institute (QUB), INCORE (Ulster University) and the Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) were successfully awarded a tender from The Executive Office (TEO) to develop a project to build capacity in eight geographic areas that have historically been most impacted by Paramilitarism, criminality and organised crime.

This project is part of the Northern Ireland Executives Action Plan to Tackle Paramilitarism, Criminality and Organised crime.

Our areas of focus:

  • Antiville and Kilwaughter in Larne together with Northland and Castlemara in Carrickfergus 
  • Brandywell and Creggan in Derry/Londonderry
  • Kilcooley (Clandeboye 2&3 SOA) and Rathgill (Conlig 3 SOA) in North Down
  • Drumgask and Kilwilkie in Lurgan
  • Lower Falls, Twinbrook, Poleglass, Upper Springfield, Turf Lodge and Ballymurphy in West Belfast
  • New Lodge and Greater Ardoyne in North Belfast  
  • Shankill (upper and lower, including Woodvale) in West Belfast 
  • The Mount and Ballymacarrett in East Belfast  

Between November 2017 and March 2018, the CIT consortium conducted an engagement process in each of the selected eight areas. The process included a desk-based review of the locality in conjunction with interviews and focus groups with a range of stakeholders in each area, including services providers, community groups, faith-based groups, elected representatives, the business sector, residents and others.

The findings from Phase 1 have been collated into eight area based reports. These include suggested interventions for each area under seven transition themes which emerged from the fieldwork.

From September 2018 the CIT Consortium will re-engage with communities in each area to refine the interventions identified during phase 1.

Further information on upcoming activities in your area can be obtained by contacting