Co-operation Ireland is delighted to announce receipt of a United States Department of State Federal Assistance Award to fund a new development programme in Washington DC to share learning from the peace process.

The US Embassy Small Grant award will support and enable Co-operation Ireland facilitators to work on the Shared Peace and Community Engagement initiative with community leaders within the US capital in 2021.

Shared Peace and Community Engagement is about developing peacebuilding skills and social resiliency within communities from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds in Washington DC.

The goal is to learn from and share with key stakeholders, community leaders and community members within the United States and within Northern Ireland. The charity is very interested in sharing it’s learning and experience of peace building and practical co-operation internationally and this is a fantastic opportunity to do just that.

CEO of Co-operation Ireland Peter Sheridan said: “We are delighted to be part of the Shared Peace and Community Engagement skills and training initiative. Co-operation Ireland has been engaged in peace building work since 1979 and looks forward to sharing its experience to benefit others but we also recognise that there is also much we can learn from others.”

U.S. Consul General Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau added: “We are proud to support a partner that has been at the forefront of peace and reconciliation efforts for many years and we hope that this project will deepen our transatlantic connections and the exchange of best practices”.