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


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

SCI Fellow Rachel Mullen Launches New Publication on the Power of Values

Here Rachel Mullen summarises the key points in “Values-Led Organisations: Releasing the Potential of Values”. 

Civil society readily acknowledges its work as values-based. Whether we are working to tackle climate change, eliminate poverty, promote equality or strengthen community ties, what connects all of these efforts is a set of core values.

At organisational level our values might […]

By |June 8th, 2018|Featured, Fellows, Fellowships|0 Comments

Convening of SCI Fellows & Mentoring Group in South Africa

This short video gives a flavour of the convening which SCI held several months ago in South Africa bringing together the SCI fellows network and those involved in its migration mentoring scheme.  During the event the participants learnt about the current situation in South Africa and met with a range of local social justice activists […]

By |May 9th, 2018|Events, Featured, Fellows, Fellowships, Mentoring|0 Comments

Northern Ireland’s peace process through the eyes of Colombian civil society: reflections from a study trip

By Laura Henao Izquierdo, Centre for Research and Popular Education/Peace Programme (CINEP/PPP)


In November 2016, a peace agreement was signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), following more than fifty years of armed conflict. Colombian civil society organisations and state institutions are over a year into the implementation of this […]

By |May 1st, 2018|Featured, Peacebuilding|0 Comments

Migration Learning Exchange: Faith-based Organising and Communications on Migration and Refugee Protection

The Migration Learning Exchange is part of a programme of work supported by Unbound Philanthropy and The Atlantic Philanthropies, which is managed by The Social Change Initiative.  With the overall aim of strengthening the effectiveness and impact of civil society activists working on issues of migration, a number of themes are prioritised in taking this […]

By |April 12th, 2018|Migration, Migration Learning Exchange|0 Comments

Philanthropy Addresses the Challenge of truth and Justice: Foundations for Peace (FFP) Network Members Listen to the Silence of the Past in Indonesia

FFP – Foundations for Peace is a network of locally based Community and Human Rights Foundations located and working in contested societies.  With a membership that includes Foundations working in Serbia, Georgia, Palestine, Colombia, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Northern Ireland, the Network held a recent meeting in Indonesia, hosted by IKa (Indonesia […]

By |March 16th, 2018|Peacebuilding|0 Comments

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|Events, Migration, Migration Learning Exchange|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