Co-operation Ireland’s Future Leaders Programme (CIFL) is an all-island training programme which aims to empower the next generation of young leaders and peacebuilders equipping them with the skills, confidence and networks to make a positive contribution to the future development of their own communities, while working with others from diverse backgrounds to take on an active role in peace building across this island and with our neighbouring island. 

  • The total of participants since 2020 is now 699, surpassing the original target of 500 by 2025. We have set a new target for 1000 participants by the end of 2026.
  • 179 of this years participants are from areas of disadvantage, and we will support them to complete the Bronze Peace Award, a year long intervention that will build skills, capacity and cross border relationships. 
  • 30 of last years Bronze Level Graduates have progressed onto the Silver Peace Award, forming a brand new all-island group. They will undertake an advanced leadership training course, complete a ‘world of work’ residential hosted by CIFL corporate ambassadors in Belfast and Dublin and deliver an all-island residential. 
  • We are piloting activities for the Gold and Platinum Peace Awards with a small number of our young leaders. This will include East/West and International activities as well as the launch of a mentoring programme. 
  • Our CIFL programme Ambassadors will be engaged with our Future Leaders at all four Peace Award levels of the programme. 
  • To date 60% of our Ambassadors have engaged directly with programme delivery. 

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