Building on Success: what can PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland be in the future?

This week’s blog is written by PPI-NI’s Managing Director, Gareth Harper. 

On September 29th, PPI-NI held its 13th Annual General Meeting. Along with the usual business of an AGM (Chairs report, auditors report and appointment of officers), PPI-NI board members initiated a strategic conversation about the future direction of the work of PeacePlayers in Northern Ireland.

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Over the last 14 years PPI-NI has established its reputation as the go-to organisation for community relations and peace building through sport work in Northern Ireland. From this solid foundation, Board members have tasked themselves with thinking about where they want PPI-NI to be in the future and with developing a strategy that will get us there.

 

 

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During FY15/16, PPI-NI identified and monitored progress against a total of 72 core programmatic indicators. Some headline results from FY15/16:

  • 79% (57/72) of the indicator targets identified have been achieved or over-achieved
  • 3% (2/72) of the indicator targets are still in progress
  • Only 18% (13/72) of the indicator targets were not met

PPI-NI worked with 1,851 children and young people and provided sustained and regular opportunities for contact and community relations through sport conversation and capacity building. A total of 146 participants took Open College Network (OCN) accredited courses, with 84% achieving a pass result.

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PPI-NI’s findings when it surveyed 139 participants in November 2015:

  • 95% reported that they enjoy taking part in PPI-NI with people who are from different religious backgrounds
  • 91% reported that PPI-NI has given them a chance they would not have otherwise to interact with people from a different religious background
  • 90% of youth (BIL participants and PPI-NI coaches) reported that they feel comfortable to be a leader in their community.

We are very proud of what we have achieved and we are excited for the future. The core challenge is now considering how we can leverage the great work the organisation is doing and the reputation it is building to deliver increased community and institutional level impact. We also need to consider what resources we will need in realizing these aspirations.

Over the coming weeks and months, the Board will be working closely with the staff team and with our participants to consider the following questions:

  • How should PPI-NI define community level impact?
  • What are the major institutional barriers to peace building in NI?
  • Among the barriers identified, what areas does PPI-NI have the ability to positively influence? Where is PPI-NI best positioned to focus?
  • What potential partner organisations could be helpful to PPI-NI in achieving its community impact goals?

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We would love to hear your thoughts on these big picture questions. In the spirit of co-design, we wish to elicit the views of as many of our stakeholders as possible. So please share your ideas, thoughts and questions by leaving a comment on this blog. You can also PM us on Facebook or drop us an email northernireland@peaceplayersintl.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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