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Social Inclusion Forum

The Social Inclusion Forum (SIF) was established by Government as part of the structures to monitor and evaluate Ireland’s National Action Plan for Social Inclusion (NAPinclusion) 2007- 2016. The Department of Social Protection convenes the annual Conference which provides a forum for engagement between officials from Government Departments, Community and Voluntary Organisations and people experiencing poverty in relation to NAPinclusion. The Department is assisted in this work by the Community Work Ireland and the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland (EAPN).The theme of the 2017 SIF is National Action Plan for Social Inclusion – reflecting on the past and informing the future. See here for more information.

Young Social Innovators Event & Showcase

The Department provides financial support to fund part of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) programme sponsoring the school poverty challenge ‘Making Our Country More Inclusive & Poverty Free’ Through its Social Innovation Programmes, YSI actively engages over 6,500 teenage participants (aged 15-18 years) from all of Ireland undertaking hundreds of projects each year. These projects are showcased at an annual event in May. The 2016 winners of the Making Our World More Inclusive & Poverty Free Award were Errigal College, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal for their project called: An Errigal welcome. See the YSI website for more information.


United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

The 17th  October has, since 1992, been recognised by the United Nations as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (UN Day). The Department supports the promotion of UN Day through grants to organisations and community groups under its Public Awareness Funding Initiative Scheme. The purpose of this funding is  to support anti-poverty groups to organise local, regional or national activities to promote awareness of UN Day.   

The Departments generally publishes an open call for applications for grants in June each year. Enquire by email to

For more information on the UN Day October 17 events in Ireland see here, or on international activities see the UN website.


​Recent Events
   Research conference 

Poverty and Quality of Life – National and International Perspectives 

16th November, 2016 

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Last modified:12/06/2017

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