The Northern Ireland Foundation promotes a shared future in Northern Ireland, local community activism, and the exchange of international best practices.

Our vision is a shared society, in a culture of respect among all individuals and identities.

About Us

What we do
The Northern Ireland Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that develops programmes around:

  • a shared future in Northern Ireland
  • local community activism
  • the exchange of international best practices

Our vision
Our vision is a Northern Ireland where the promotion of a shared society is seen as normal, in a culture of respect among all individuals and identities.

Our values and beliefs
The Northern Ireland Foundation is guided by the following values and beliefs:

  • We believe in the principle of consent — that it is up to the people of Northern Ireland to determine their constitutional status and relationships.
  • We believe there are valuable lessons to be learnt from the experience of others, particularly in conflict and post-conflict societies across the world.
  • We believe that if people can better understand other cultures and traditions through respectful dialogue, they are more tolerant and accepting of differences.
  • We believe that debating public policy on socio-economic matters affecting all people is better than the contest of ethnic identities.
  • We believe that local communities and neighbourhoods are best placed to take decisions and responsibility for choices on the provision of services.

Our mission
The Northern Ireland Foundation exists to bring coherency to the work for a shared society in Northern Ireland.

Our objectives
We will focus our work on the following objectives:

  1. To facilitate cooperation between organisations working for a shared society
  2. To maximise awareness and impact of our work
  3. To maintain a lean and effective organisation

We are committed to progress Northern Ireland beyond mere co-existence, towards a shared future for all.



Abandoned by the public sector nearly a decade ago, Carnegie Oldpark stands as a beacon of hope for the new Belfast. We want to fill it with local people, enterprise, education and training, poetry and song — it will buzz with the voices of the local community. Continue reading “@CarnegieOldpark”


Heritage for regeneration: A walking tour of North Belfast Cultural Corridor @ImagineBelfast

Heritage for regeneration: A walking tour of North Belfast Cultural Corridor by Allan LEONARD for Carnegie Oldpark 22 March 2017 As part of the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics, participants walked along the North Belfast ‘Cultural Corridor’, ending up at Ulster University for a brief seminar on the potential of community-led regeneration utilising …

Some rape victims more ‘ideal’ than others?

Some rape victims more ‘ideal’ than others? Hierarchies of wartime sexual violence by Bárbara Orozco DÍAZ for Northern Ireland Foundation 18 May 2016 “Hierarchies of Wartime Sexual Violence” was a seminar organised by the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at Ulster University, within the scope of Gender Activities.

Beyond silence: Ending sexual violence in conflict

Beyond silence: Ending sexual violence in conflict by Polona ROGINA for Stratagem International 3 December 2015 A selection of conflict resolution practitioners shared their knowledge and experiences on the topic of sexual violence, at an event in London, organised by the Global Diplomatic Forum and chaired by BBC presenter, Sophie Long.

Support Us


Carnegie Oldpark Intern

The Carnegie Oldpark Intern will assist in the management of an exciting redevelopment of an iconic library, for social good, working in partnership with the Lower Oldpark Community Association:

  • Coordinate, submit and monitor grant applications
  • Organise and deliver small-scale local fundraising events
  • Liaise with architectural, conservation and heritage experts

Northern Ireland Foundation Intern

The Northern Ireland Foundation Intern will help to implement the Foundation’s strategy of programmes and initiatives, such as:

  • Promoting public community relations policy of a shared society in Northern Ireland
  • Encouraging civic activism for greater participatory democracy
  • Facilitating exchanges among those emerging from conflict


The Northern Ireland Foundation promotes a shared society to ensure a durable Northern Ireland peace.

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