More than 500 delegates will convene in Belfast from 6 to 8 June for the 23rd EFC Annual General Assembly and Conference to debate foundations’ role in achieving peace through social justice. Northern Ireland’s capital, which has emerged from 30 years of conflict to establish itself as a prominent destination, provides an apt location for debates and discussions on an issue that still resonates to the core of the city. (Pictured below: peace mural on Whiterock Road in west Belfast.)
The conference will use Belfast’s historic backdrop to explore peace and social justice issues from a variety of regions around the globe. From conference sessions to site visits, delegates will have the opportunity to witness how a former conflict zone can transform a violent past into a vibrant present. Specifically, they will be able to see how foundations can play a key role in supporting this process. Foundation professionals from Europe and around the world will learn about, share and debate issues surrounding peace and social justice and other pressing philanthropic topics, from education to the financial crisis. Justice Albie Sachs, the highly regarded anti-apartheid campaigner and changemaker, will deliver the keynote speech at the conference’s closing plenary.
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