This article examines the views of ninety-eight study participants on community development and peacebuilding supported by the European Union (EU) Peace II Fund and the International Fund for Ireland (IFI). We elaborate the perceptions of community group leaders, funding agency civil servants and development officers regarding the role of both funds in Northern Ireland. Their experiences of the EU Peace II Fund and the IFI are discussed in the wider context of peacebuilding and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties. Furthermore, this article explores the importance of community development and cross-community contact through joint economic and social development projects.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Peace and Conflict Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
Thiessen, C., Byrne, S., & Fissuh, E. (2009). The IFI and EU Peace II Fund: Respondent’s Perceptions of Funded Project’s Success in Promoting Peacebuilding and Community Development in Northern Ireland. Peace and Conflict Studies, 16(1), 44-67.