The International Fund for Ireland (IFI) is an independent international organisation set up by the British and Irish Governments in 1986. The objectives of the Fund are to: promote economic and social advance; encourage contact, dialogue and reconciliation between nationalists and unionists throughout Ireland; and, support programmes and projects which aim to facilitate the sharing of educational experiences among young people on a cross-sectoral basis.
The IFI supported 19 projects within the SiEP managed by a liaison team within the Department of Education (DE) to:
• promote shared education by linking schools representative of the two communities;
• build on community relations within and between schools;
• support cultural outreach amongst young people representative of the differing communities/traditions; and
• address strategic gaps in achieving reconciliation through a cross‑community, cross-border approach through education and the related services sector.
The final evaluation report completed by ETI and details of all the projects can be found using the following link: