The PEACE III Programme has had a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living across Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. The case studies provided below detail some of the many positive benefits that the Programme created.
Programme Objective - Building Positive Relations at a Local Level
Monaghan County Council was awarded around €7m to implement a peace and reconciliation action plan to help combat sectarianism and racism.
The Southwest PEACE III Partnership helped to reduce sectarianism and racism by promoting leadership and social integration of ethnic minorities.
The Rural Enabler project was specifically designed to reduce sectarianism within rural communities across 12 different council areas, on a cross-border basis.
The Building peace through the arts, re-imaging communities project was designed to tackle signs of sectarianism and racism through the arts.
Programme Objective - Acknowledging and Dealing with the Past
Peace Process - Layers of Meaning, provided an in-depth first hand account of the peace process from the 1960s to the present.
The Football for all All project used sport to help promote peace and reconciliation, reduce sectarianism and overcome racism.
The Theatre of Witness project used art and drama techniques to allow people to tell their story of the conflict in order to promote healing and reconciliation.
The Back to the Future project delivered support to young people to increase their knowledge and coping skills in trauma awareness.
Programme Objective - Creating Shared Spaces
The iconic Peace bridge encourages greater levels of cross-community contact for people living and working within Derry-Londonderry.
The Termon project transformed the two villages of Pettigo (Donegal) and Tullyhommon (Enniskillen) which had been under-developed as a result of the conflict.
The Skainos project created a new shared space (or urban village) close to an interface area in East Belfast.
The Shankill Women's Centre created a new cross-community childcare facility in the heart of North Belfast called Small Wonders II.
A new urban sports park transformed a derelict space into a sporting venue for young people from all communities.
Programme Objective - Key Institutional Capacities
Teaching Divided Histories was an innovative three year project which introduced new approaches to the study of the conflict to schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The b.r.i.c. project was designed to help the NI Housing Executive put good relations at the heart of its policies.
The Planning for Spatial Reconciliation project addressed some of the aspects of the urban planning model which negatively impacted upon peace-building.