PSRP Country Summary: Northern Ireland
The Political Settlements Research Programme is working on a number of initiatives and publications relating to inclusive peace making and sustainable peace in Northern Ireland, including digital platforms for peace, data visualisations, publications, and blogs. To learn more, browse our key outputs on Northern Ireland below.
Key Publications & Resources
A Trust Fund is a multi-agency funding mechanism, designed to receive contributions from more than one donor (and often also the recipient government), that is held in trust by an appointed administrative agent. Existing literature on trust funds tends to focus on the national government as the primary stakeholder. This can overlook the importance of considering trust funds from the perspective of local stakeholders, which might foster ‘ownership’ and promote ‘inclusion’. This PSRP Spotlight draws a number of lessons from the experience of Trust Funds in Northern Ireland in order to help identify salient issues to inform the founding and functioning of funding mechanisms in other conflict-affected settings.
This report summarises women’s experiences of intimate partner (domestic) violence (IPV) in Northern Ireland; the implications of IPV for physical and psychological well-being; its impact on children; and how experiences of IPV are shaped by violent political conflict, religion and culture. The report also records how service providers such as General Practitioners (primary care doctors), social workers and police officers respond to IPV and how helpful victims find these responses. A particular focus of this report is on the changes that have taken place in Northern Ireland over the last few decades, including the transition from violent conflict to a peaceful political settlement.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a global phenomenon, but it is shaped by the socio-political and cultural factors that exist within a given society. A key factor shaping IPV is the presence of violent conflict, although empirical research on the precise ways in which IPV and conflict connect has been scarce. Drawing on a Northern Ireland case study, this briefing paper seeks to address this gap by investigating how the transition from violent conflict to peaceful political settlement has shaped experiences of and responses to IPV. More specifically, the research investigates changes across three key areas, namely policing, paramilitarism and firearms. The research contributes to better understanding of how IPV shapes women’s participation in peace processes, and how peace processes can re-shape violence beyond the conflict in ways that enable the fuller participation of women.
Based on research in Northern Ireland, this report reveals a situation where LGB&T communities still feel insecure. Even new generations are affected by some of the historic distrust of institutions such as police, with respect to past actions. It is clear that security has not been defined and implemented with LGBT experiences in mind. The report contains useful recommendations for how the security of LGBT communities could be addressed in future peace negotiations.