Conflict Transformation from the Bottom Up Programme
Conflict Transformation from the Bottom Up is an EU-funded programme supporting former republican politically-motivated prisoners.
It is administered through the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and includes 13 other partner organisations from the republican constituency.
Each partner group has its own programme of activities tailored to the needs of its own locality.
In addition, Coiste na n-Iarchimí, the central body of the network, plays a coordinating role across the network and operates at a strategic level when issues that affect all politically motivated former prisoners are under negotiation.
The aims of the programme are:
- To enhance partnerships already established across the network and between the network and others.
- To reach out to those who in the past have been unwilling to engage in dialogue with the republican constituency.
- To further develop the capacity of the network and engage with the new political dispensation, governmental institutions and statutory agencies on both sides of the border.
- To deal with the legacy of the past through building trusting sustainable equal partnerships with all other interested parties.
In line with its coordinating role, Coiste na n-Iarchimí oversees the work of a consortium of politically-motivated ex-prisoner support groups from UDA, UVF, IRA, Official IRA and INLA backgrounds.
In line with its coordinating role, Coiste na n-Iarchimí publishes the Coiste magazine to showcase the work of the Conflict Transformation from the Bottom Up programme and to offer a medium of discussion and debate across the Coiste network.
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