“We are all migrants” declare Christian leaders from around the world

POLITICAL crises over migration and the plight of refugees remain high on the international agenda, but calls for humane and thoughtful responses are also gaining greater prominence.

Research supported by SCI on attitudes towards migration in Europe challenged simple narratives around public opinion and exposed the complex range of factors influencing the views of individuals.

In France, despite […]

By |November 23rd, 2018|Updates|0 Comments

Migration and the positive role employers can play

If we agree that integration is a shared responsibility, why are employers and business still sitting this one out? Jacqui Broadhead of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford looks at experiences around Europe.
 

THE theme of this year’s EUROCITIES integrating Cities conference (Milan 7th/8th November 2018) was ‘CITIES GROW […]

By |November 20th, 2018|Updates|0 Comments

Steven McCaffery on Brexit and finding the words to protect peace

SOMETIMES politics, for all the talking, doesn’t have the vocabulary to express itself.

The UK’s exit from the European Union has seen politicians lose the ability to communicate. Or so it seems. Some miscommunications are deliberate: saying one thing, while doing another.

Opponents of Brexit fear further instability, but its supporters continue to claim the risks are […]

By |October 19th, 2018|Updates|0 Comments

Growing awareness of Brexit’s threat to citizens’ rights, as Hillary Clinton adds her voice

THERE is growing concern over the threat Brexit poses to human rights and equality in Northern Ireland, with Hillary Clinton the latest to call for action to protect the peace process, writes the SCI’s Steven McCaffery.

The former US Secretary of State cited the dangers posed to the Good Friday/Belfast peace deal in an address at […]

By |October 12th, 2018|Updates|0 Comments

SCI Fellow Rachel Mullen Launches New Publication on Communicating Values

Here Rachel Mullen summarises the key points in “Communicating Values: A Values-Led Approach to Strategic Communication for Social Change”.

In our strategic communications for social change, there is a challenge for civil society organisations and campaigns to take time to reflect on how people make sense of a social issue, and consequently, how this informs their […]

By |September 25th, 2018|Updates|0 Comments

South Africa Activist, Zelda Holtzman visits Belfast

 

The Social Change Initiative (SCI) invited South African activist, Zelda Holtzman to visit Belfast in August 2018. Zelda was active in the ANC underground, in Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) military structures and in the SA Communist Party. From 1995 – 2003 she served as a high ranking official within the South African Police Service and […]

By |August 27th, 2018|Updates|0 Comments

New research on attitudes towards migrants, refugees and national identity in Italy

SCI are pleased to announce a new research report commissioned in conjunction with More in Common; providing first of its kind information on attitudes towards migrants, refugees and national identity in Italy.

Among the key findings, this timely and important research found that:

“Most Italians do not embrace extremist attitudes towards migrants themselves, despite deep concerns about […]

By |July 25th, 2018|Updates|0 Comments

‘National Conversation on Immigration’ Blog By Dr Avila Kilmurray

IT’S GOOD TO TALK. . .

Yvette Cooper, M.P. – Chairperson of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee – welcomed the talk-fest organised by British Future and Hope Not Hate on the topic of Immigration and Integration.  Branded the ‘National Conversation on Immigration’, gatherings have been held in 60 venues across England, Scotland, Wales and […]

By |June 15th, 2018|Updates|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

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