Northern Ireland is emerging from a protracted conflict that resulted in the loss of thousands of lives. The peace settlement of 1998 brought about great progress, but the region remains deeply divided. The legacy of conflict permeates nearly all aspects of life, and segregation of public services and social inequality persist. Although there is widespread public support for the structures and institutions established by peace agreements, many communities have yet to see the benefits. The global recession and economic downturn have the potential to exacerbate community tensions if policymaking does not sufficiently address inequalities, segregation and disadvantage.
Atlantic’s grantmaking in Northern Ireland dates back to the early 1990s. Initial efforts supported peacemaking and strengthening higher education. Since 2004, we have focused on three programme areas: Ageing, Children & Youth, and Reconciliation & Human Rights.
All of Atlantic’s work in Northern Ireland seeks to cement peace by improving the lives of those most disadvantaged, particularly the old and the young. Atlantic and our grantees seek progress to build a more equitable society that protects rights and strengthens democracy.