Following the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement many community-based organizations became involved in localized peace-building activities in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties. Drawing financial support from the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and the International Fund for Ireland, these organizations adopted various strategic mechanisms to implement their projects –synchronizing bottom-up development initiatives with top-level government policies. Their effectiveness has already been felt in Northern Ireland as reduced political violence and improved socioeconomic conditions. However, the long-term sustainability of this work is questionable, affected as it is by continued intercommunity segregation, low macro-level political support, and global economic instability. This article explores the perceptions of 120 civil society leaders regarding the peace-building practices employed by community-based organizations in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties. Key elements of an effective peace-building model are suggested that may contribute to the improvement of peace-building and reconciliation efforts in other contexts affected by ethno-political conflict.
Skarlato, Olga; Byrne, Sean; Ahmed, Kawser; Hyde, Julie Marie; and Karari, Peter
"Grassroots Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties: Elements of An Effective Model,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 20
, Article 1.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol20/iss1/1