- Education and training
- Gender and sexuality
- Human Rights
- Young people / youth work
- Development of education and training materials and programmes
- European learning networks and exchanges
- Community outreach and engagement
- Policy, advocacy and campaigns
- Scientific innovation
- Technological innovation
EU Project Experience
Leading the EU-funded SOAR project. SOAR stands for ‘Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities’ programme.
The project is supported by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations. A key component of the programme is to advance the protection of religious sites by implementing a ‘security by design’ (SBD) concept. Providing time for experts in our trainings to discuss this concept and its importance, makes it a key aspect of the SOAR programme.
EU Funding Goals
Over the next two years, EFI would like to get involved in a variety of new projects mainly as a project partner. However, we are also open to leading them.
We are particularly interested in projects that aim to strengthen minority communities. As an institution with extensive experience in Safety and Security, we would like to get involved in initiatives aimed at strengthening the security of public spaces.
On expertise, we cover a broad gamut from management, to capacity building, communication, security and research. As a team we have decades of experience in these areas.
Our staff largely come from ethnic minorities similar to the communities we serve. We believe this gives us a big advantage: unique insights and understanding, as well avenues for engagement with those communities and institutions.
Our head office is in Dublin, but our team are spread across Europe: in the UK, France, Switzerland and elsewhere.
We are flexible and mobile, easily able to work on the ground with our target communities and institutions, as well as other partners. While the focus of our work is at local level – with communities and faith-based institutions – we carry this out as part of a much wider national and global vision.
Partnership is integral to our approach. We engage with partners at all levels: local, national, regional and international. Our partners include: faith-based communities and institutions, local authorities, law enforcement, civil society groups, social media, companies, national governments, multilateral bodies international organisations.