"Bringing Divided Communities Together" aims to highlight one of the European Union interventions in peace-building, namely the EU PEACE Programme within Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. The launch of the PEACE Programme in 1995 was the direct result of the European Union’s desire to respond positively to new opportunities in the Northern Ireland peace process during the paramilitary ceasefire announcements. Since then the EU has provided additional financial assistance through the PEACE II Programme as well as the current PEACE III (2007-2013). The programme features a genuine bottom-up involvement in its delivery and it aims to reconcile communities by creating a shared vision of society, building positive relations at local level as well as acknowledging and dealing with the past.
Project Testimonies "Groundwork NI":
- managed two projects focusing on contested physical space, attempting to overcome sectarianism and segregation within local communities in Northern Ireland and the border area. The projects sought to create shared public spots for people from different community and racial backgrounds, jointly deciding local areas for regeneration and transformation into a shared space of reconciliation. As well as providing a practical use for derelict or unused sites, good relationships were built between communities, contributing to a shared vision of peace for the future
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