Youniq Magazine Winter-Autumn Edition

Personal Account of Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria – Viewpoint Gwoza!

Visiting with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwoza, North East Nigeria She was sitting on a half built concrete wall gazing into the distance. Although there were women and children milling around. She seemed lost to the world. Unaffected by the noise and beehive of activity around her. She couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 years old but something about the way she sat pensive, back hunched, chin in palm reminded me of a wizened old woman. Perhaps she felt my gaze upon her for she looked up at that moment and our eyes met. I found myself drawn into the whirlpool of sadness in her large white […]

On the threshold of Victory: Marriage Equality for Lesbian and Gay Couples in Ireland

The Same Sex Marriage Referendum is to hold in Ireland on the 22nd of May this year and the stage seems set for victory for those who have campaigned long and hard for marriage equality. Polls over the years have indicated growing support in Irish society for same sex marriage and these polls strongly reflect the change in societal attitudes to same sex relationships. Ipso/MRBI poll for Irish times in December 2014 showed that 71% of those polled where in favour of same sex marriage as opposed to 17% against it with 9% undecided. The upcoming referendum will provide the opportunity for the people of Ireland to decide whether to […]

The New Ireland

A New Ireland

A new Ireland Welcome to the New Ireland. The time of Celtic Tiger Ireland is long gone, and the recession-stagnated Ireland is coming to an end. We are ushering in a New Ireland, an Ireland 2.0, one where immigrant communities can, and should, play a pivotal role in restoring Ireland’s rightful place on the global stage. Entrepreneurship is consistently a distinguishing characteristic of immigrant communities around the world. Research demonstrates that immigrants are generally 30% more likely to start a business compared to local counterparts (Brookings study). 1 in 2 first generation immigrants are able to identify business opportunities that have significant positive implications through job creation, attraction of investment, […]


Nigeria: Africa’s Business Hub

It continues to surprise that in a period that the entire globe is in an economic meltdown and chronic recession that shook renowned EU and western economic stalwarts to the marrow, Africa was matching on with Nigeria leading the way.  Nigeria has maintained its impressive growth over the past decade with a record estimated 7.4% growth of real gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013, up from 6.7% in 2012 and this growth rate is higher than the West African sub regional level and far higher than the sub-Saharan Africa level. When “Nigeria sneeze, Africa catch cold” was just a cliché until the economic wonders started unfolding with Nigeria becoming fastest […]

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….Tina Roche Leading Change in Ireland

The Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) is an organisation that empowers people who want to make a difference through a model of philanthropy that is based on trust, effectiveness and impact. Through our donors we support organisations throughout Ireland that are tackling disadvantage and inequality and making a better Ireland for all of us. We believe that strategic philanthropy can tackle social justice issues both at home and abroad. According to Ms Roche, I started as CEO in January 2000. I had read about a model of philanthropy called a ‘community foundation’ which worked with people of major and minor means to build better communities. The first community foundation started […]

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Geoff Frederick: A Century of Doing Good to Mankind  

One hundred years ago, in 1914, Cleveland lawyer and banker Frederick H. Geoff established the first community foundation, giving rise to a new philanthropy, a new way of participating in community and a new vision for the future. Today, there are some 1,750 community foundations globally, managing over €40 billion in assets. What makes a community foundation special? Long term perspective: by building a perpetual endowed fund, community foundations can tackle long –term community challenges, as well as meet immediate needs; Wise steward: attracts and pools resources for the public good — for today and in perpetuity — and distributes those resources openly and transparently; Local grant-maker: accumulates financial resources […]

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