The Government is committed to engagement with a wide range of stakeholders with an interest and involvement in social inclusion policies and practice. This includes people experiencing poverty and social exclusion and those groups that work with them. The participation of people experiencing poverty is supported through institutional structures such as the Social Inclusion Forum, and various social inclusion initiatives, such as UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
Social Inclusion Forum
The Social Inclusion Forum is part of the Government’s structures to monitor and evaluate implementation of NAPinclusion and progress on the NSTPR. This annual event is the principal institutional forum for wider public consultation and discussion on social inclusion issues. It provides an opportunity for engagement between officials, community and voluntary organisations, and most importantly, people experiencing poverty in relation to policy.
A conference report is prepared each year and is laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas. See Downloads (to the right) for recent conference reports or Publications list.
The Department of Social Protection also hosts stakeholder engagement on the poverty component of the National Reform Programme (NRP) and related Country Specific Recommendations (CSR). See Related Topics to access recent reports.
United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Each year civil society is engaged and supported through an annual scheme of funding to support community and voluntary groups under a Public Awareness Funding Initiative for United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17th October (UN Day).
More information on the types of projects funded in recent years under this scheme is available on socialinclusion.ie
Young Social Innovators
The Department of Social Protection also supports the Young Social Innovators (YSI). The YSI programme was established in 2001 aiming to raise social awareness among 15-18 year olds in Ireland so that they might become effective champions for social justice. YSI projects are showcased at an annual event usually held in May. More information on the types of projects funded in recent years under this programme is available onwww.youngsocialinnovators.ie.