What we do

Co-operation Ireland is an all-island peace-building organisation. We work to build a shared and cohesive society by addressing legacy issues of the conflict and facilitating contact and collaboration between people from different backgrounds across these islands.

Under our current strategic plan, our programmes are primarily targeted at young people and marginalised communities which have experienced the worse impacts of the conflict.

Youth programmes

Co-operation Ireland delivers a range of youth programmes which facilitate young people from different community backgrounds in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to meet, work together and build positive relationships. Our programmes aim to prepare young people for living in a shared society by widening social networks, challenging negative attitudes and behaviours, and developing skills for working with others from diverse backgrounds.

In 2017, we delivered 12 youth projects with over 800 young people taking part. Programme themes included positive youth development, youth leadership, shared history, and preparation for further education and employment.

All-island co-operation

Co-operation Ireland continues to support co-operation for mutual benefit between Northern Ireland and the Republic and works to facilitate strategic leadership for the building of good relations and collaboration across these islands. Our flagship Local Authority Programme supports exchange of learning and practical experience around shared objectives, with over 340 people from North and South attending events and seminars during the year.

Marginalized communities

We support marginalised communities to take the lead in their own development and to capitalise on the opportunities for social and economic renewal created by the peace process. Our programmes aim to build leadership capacity and to encourage greater openness to networking and collaboration, including on a cross-community basis.

In 2017, almost 500 participants took part in three programmes targeting new and emerging leaders and previously disengaged groups. The reach of these programmes has expanded considerably over the past number of years and now includes communities from across Northern Ireland, including several areas of Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, North Antrim, Lurgan, Lisburn, and mid-Ulster.