Initiatives that put Ireland at top of ‘diaspora engagement’
Global Diaspora and Development Forum is being held in Dublin this weekend
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Ireland is considered among the top five countries in the world for “diaspora engagement”, but what does this mean in practice? The Global Diaspora and Development Forum, being held in Dublin this weekend, is hearing about the standout initiatives by the Government, private businesses, communities and individuals which have contributed to Ireland’s top spot.
Community TourismFáilte Irelandipb.ie/cse irelandxo.com
Worldwide Ireland Fundstheirelandfunds.org
County diaspora groupsKerry Diaspora Businesscorkfoundation.comLimericklimerick.ie/gln
Irish Networks USAirishnetwork-nyc.com
WildGeese Network of Irish Scientists
Irish Technology Leadership Groupitlg.org
Irish International Business Networkiibn.com
Irish Abroad Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) The ESP has provided €114 million to non-profit organisations and projects supporting Irish communities abroad in the last decade. Most funding is allocated to frontline welfare services.
Global Irish Network Formed in 2010, GIN is made up of 350 influential Irish and Irish-connected people in over 40 countries, who provide Ireland with international expertise, focusing on economic development. globalirishforum.ie
Farmleigh Fellowships Now in its fourth year, the Farmleigh Fellowship has provided scholarships in Asia worth €30,000 to 65 young Irish people to promote greater trade, investment and talent connections between Ireland and Asia. farmleighfellowship.com
Certificate of Irish Heritage
Centenarian Bounty On reaching their 100th birthday, Irish citizens living abroad receive a €2,540 cheque and a letter from the President.
Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad Recognises service to Ireland or to Irish communities abroad by people outside Ireland. Recipients in 2014, presented on Thursday, include actress Fionnula Flanagan, EU civil servant Catherine Day, Thomas Kenneally and Niall O’Dowd.
Irish Pubs Globalirishpubsglobal.com
Diaspora mediaGeneration EmigrationIrishCentral.comIrish VoiceIrish EmigrantIrish Echo Irish EchoIrish PostIrish Voice
Irish International Diaspora Centre Trust
Ireland Park Canadairelandparkfoundation.com
Northern Irish ConnectionsNorthern IrelandQueens UniversityUlsterniconnections.com
This list is based on the “Top 25 Irish Diaspora Projects” compiled by Irish consultancy Diaspora Matters. For the full version, as well as a list of 75 top world diaspora initiatives, see diasporamatters.com