Céad Mile Failte – Weaving an Ireland of Welcomes by Dr Avila Kilmurray

The map of the island was multi-coloured with post-its.  Welcome to the annual networking gathering of Places of Sanctuary (Ireland).  Enthusiasts from Belfast to Cork, from Galway to Dublin, and places in between, came together to discuss progress around four ambitions:-

Awareness-raising: to help educate and inform communities about refugees and migrants. Who are they? […]

By |January 30th, 2018|Migration|0 Comments

Peacebuilding Practice Notes: Sharing Experience from Northern Ireland

The Social Change Initiative (SCI) believes in the power of peer learning and exchange. Located in Belfast (Northern Ireland) we have identified issues and strategies that address the challenges of peacebuilding in a violently contested society. The purpose of these short Peacebuilding Practice Notes is to share insights and experience with activists and peacebuilding practitioners […]

By |December 15th, 2017|Featured, Peacebuilding, Publications|0 Comments

Autumn Academy 2016 Report

The Social Change Initiative (SCI) supports an annual policy conference to focus on issues relating to immigration and refugee protection in Oxford University (UK).  Organised and managed by COMPAS, the gathering draws on the knowledge and insights of European and US policy-makers and civil society representatives to focus on current issues and challenges.  Background information […]

By |December 13th, 2017|Events, Migration, Past Events, Publications, Resources|0 Comments

Grounding Refugee and Migrant Inclusion

Parliament, media headlines and hoardings have all featured arguments over refugee protection and migration in recent years.  News, fake news and down-right scare-mongering have played to public uncertainty and anxieties, rarely allowing time for considered conversations and discussion within neighbourhoods and communities.  All too often the most strident opinions crowd out tentative questions.  When people […]

By |November 15th, 2017|Migration, Publications|0 Comments

Putting ‘the community’ at the heart of refugee resettlement

by Avila Kilmurray

“Unlocking community resources to support refugee re-settlement is magical”, said Tim Finch, CEO of Sponsor Refugees, a Citizens UK Foundation for Community Sponsorship of Refugees. Speaking in Belfast on Thursday 2nd November, 2017, Tim spoke about examples of where local groups have come together to sponsor the re-settlement of a refugee family in […]

By |November 3rd, 2017|Featured, Migration|0 Comments

The UNCRPD: A Tool for Change

The International conference on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was sponsored by several leading disability rights groups in Ireland, both North and South. It examined how to best use an international treaty to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities. The conference brought together disability groups, activists, […]

By |October 30th, 2017|CRPD, Featured, Updates|0 Comments

Let’s Get It Done – Volunteering on the Australian Marriage Equality Campaign

By Craig Dwyer

It was 3am Irish time when I got a phonecall from Tiernan Brady, Executive Director of the Equality Campaign in Australia, and Donegal native, asking me to volunteer on the Yes campaign for marriage equality down under. Three days later I boarded a plane to Sydney, filled with both excitement and nerves, […]

By |October 10th, 2017|Featured, Fellows, Fellowships, Marriage Equality|0 Comments

Conciliation Resources and the Alliance for Peacebuilding survey reveals striking levels of public support for peacebuilding

Survey reveals striking levels of public support for peacebuilding

Two days after President Trump’s threat before the UN General Assembly to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if the US were forced to defend itself, a public opinion poll revealed that the US public, Republicans and Democrats alike, strongly support greater investment in long-term peacebuilding efforts to address […]

By |September 28th, 2017|Updates|0 Comments

Guest blog by Michael Farrell, Human Rights Law Consultant on the recent CRPD conference.

Michael Farrell, Human Rights Law Consultant on the Conference on Using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recently wrote a guest piece for Disability Action NI on the event.  The conference was held in Croke Park, Dublin on 10th May 2017 and was organised by Disability Action Northern Ireland, Disability Federation […]

By |August 22nd, 2017|CRPD, Featured|0 Comments

Community Organising Report

Rustling among the grassroots? The need to listen

‘I’m not a racist, but…’ – how often is this heard in local communities on both sides of the Atlantic? And it’s true, people are not necessarily racist when they express anxieties and uncertainties about the pace of change and how it is seen to be impacting on […]

By |August 17th, 2017|Updates|0 Comments