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FCT 20110525-02 - IFI Keynote Presentation - Denis Rooney IFI

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FCT 20110525-02 - IFI Keynote Presentation - Denis Rooney IFI

  1. 1. International Fund For Ireland <ul><li>FORUM FOR CITIES IN TRANSITION </li></ul><ul><li>LONDONDERRY/DERRY </li></ul><ul><li>25 MAY 2011 </li></ul>
  2. 2. International Fund For Ireland <ul><li>Chairman </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Denis Rooney CBE </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background to the Fund <ul><li>1986 Anglo Irish Agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Fund Established by International Treaty </li></ul><ul><li>Donor Countries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>USA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Zealand </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Board of the Fund <ul><li>Appointed jointly by the governments of Britain and Ireland. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Objectives of the Fund <ul><li>Article 2 </li></ul><ul><li>“ The objectives of the Fund are to promote economic and social advance and to encourage contact, dialogue and reconciliation between nationalists and unionists throughout Ireland.” </li></ul><ul><li>Article 3 </li></ul><ul><li>“ In the voluntary sphere, special emphasis shall be placed on supporting economic and social projects sponsored by men and women of goodwill throughout Ireland who are engaged in the task of communal reconciliation.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ireland
  7. 7. The Fund’s Early Work <ul><li>Encouraging Entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Workspace </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Infrastructure for Tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing Cross-border Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Regenerating Urban Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Agriculture & Fisheries </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Science & Technology Research and Development </li></ul>
  8. 9. Sharing this Space Strategic Framework 2006-2010 <ul><li>Building Foundations </li></ul><ul><li>Building Bridges </li></ul><ul><li>Building Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving a Legacy </li></ul>
  9. 10. Programme Characteristics <ul><li>A clear focus on reconciliation as the over riding objective. </li></ul><ul><li>An independent and credible approach with strong international backing. </li></ul><ul><li>A cross-community, cross-border approach. </li></ul><ul><li>A willingness to take risks on behalf of the communities we work with. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Programme Characteristics Contd <ul><li>Early support for community initiatives through ‘first money on the table’. </li></ul><ul><li>Co-operation with other funders and leveraging of funds from other sources. </li></ul><ul><li>A willingness to innovate and to break new ground in support of reconciliation. </li></ul><ul><li>A responsive approach to donor priorities. </li></ul>
  11. 12. ‘ A Fund of Goodwill’
  12. 13. Impacts and Achievements <ul><li>Over £668m/€838 investment across the island of Ireland. </li></ul><ul><li>Our investment has resulted in leverage of additional funding on a ratio of approximately 1:2. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 35,000 young people have participated in programmes focusing in part in reconciliation. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Impacts and Achievements up to September 2010 Contd <ul><li>Over 6,000 projects have been offered support across the Fund’s programmes. </li></ul><ul><li>Around 21% of projects are cross-border. </li></ul><ul><li>The Fund has helped to create more than 55,000 jobs. </li></ul>
  14. 16. Remaining Challenges
  15. 17. Panel Discussions and Workshops

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