ICO is composed of around a hundred staff, through broad network of independent partners and institutional partners which have become part of the ICO family. We work in Europe, Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East and Africa.
The ICO has been active for almost a decade through its various partners:
The Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT) brings together protagonists from divided societies. Its guiding principle is that one divided society is in the best position to help another. These annual meetings are an ongoing process, grounded in the tangible outcomes that each city’s delegation pledges at each event conclusion. These commitments are projects to further conflict transition and reconciliation, designed so that cities on higher rungs of conflict transformation assist those on lower rungs.
Northern Ireland Foundation (NIF) is an independent, not for profit non-governmental organisation that develops programmes which promote a shared future in Northern Ireland, empowers local community activism rooted in cross-cultural cooperation and support the exchange of international best practices towards achieving reconciliation.
Management International University, (MIU) is an online university offering high-quality diplomas anywhere in the world through its digital platform. It focuses on increasing students’ knowledge, critical thinking abilities and practical skills so they can positively impact their communities. MIU believes education is crucial tool in creating effective leadership and citizens of the world who are driven and determined to solve humanity’s most intricate problems are created
Valens Emerging Markets (VEM) is an impact investment fund which aims to secure financial returns and positive social impact on its investments. VEM seeks to invest in areas represented by the FCT cities as well as emerging markets in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. VEM’s subsidiary, Impetus Impact Investment will pursue investment in SMEs in these markets, holding the belief that access to finance and business support is often the key to harness the innovation needed to tackle communities most intricate problems.