Conflict Resolution

The causes of Northern Ireland’s division are rooted in history and reflect differences in religion, politics and culture as well as the social and economic experiences of our communities. Healing the division has been, and remains, at center of policy with actions across a wide range of political and socio-economic programs.

The Northern Ireland experience has attracted the attention and recognition of international organizations and governments throughout the world. Many of our local organizations and experts have been invited to share their experience and knowledge with other communities around the globe.

Hands Across the Divide, Derry/Londonderry
Hands Across the Divide, Derry/Londonderry

This expertise has also brought people together to achieve mutual benefits for their communities. The process required identifying the common and strategic needs of respective communities.

This experience has built up a network of organizations with the practical skill of building trust and compromise between communities dealing with conflict.

The Northern Ireland Bureau will continue to work with groups in North America to meet and to share their unique experience on a variety of issues such as:

  • Inter-community negotiations
  • Managing community tension
  • Coping with trauma
  • Cultural/Community Expression
  • Equal Rights

Current Initiatives in North America

  • Video-conference university lectures dealing with conflict resolution
  • Hosting inward visitor to NI to explore the causes and solution to the Troubles
  • Diplomatic roundtables with other conflict regions to develop best practices
  • Developing trans-Atlantic NGO partnerships to resolve conflict