The Northern Ireland Foundation (NIF) established in 2008 is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that develops programmes for a shared future in Northern Ireland and local community activism; the exchange of international best practices. NIF (Company Reg. No. 068079) is recognised in the UK as a charity by HM Revenue & Customs (No. XT11435).

NIF vision is a Northern Ireland where the promotion of a shared society is seen as normal, in a culture of respect among all individuals and identities.

The Northern Ireland Foundation is guided by the following values and beliefs:

  • We believe in the principle of consent — that it is up to the people of Northern Ireland to determine their constitutional status and relationships.
  • We believe there are valuable lessons to be learnt from the experience of others, particularly in conflict and post-conflict societies across the world.
  • We believe that if people can better understand other cultures and traditions through respectful dialogue, they are more tolerant and accepting of differences.
  • We believe that debating public policy on socio-economic matters affecting all people is better than the contest of ethnic identities.
  • We believe that local communities and neighbourhoods are best placed to take decisions and responsibility for choices on the provision of services.

For further information please see and  the NIF Introduction on Prezi

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