The National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI)
The NCCRI is an independent expert body that seeks to provide advice and to develop initiatives to combat racism and to work towards a more inclusive, intercultural society in Ireland.
The NCCRI seeks to bring together government and non-government organizations and to:
Provide expertise and advice as an expert body
Inform policy development
Promote understanding and celebration of cultural diversity
Develop linkages at a European and wider international level
Our Approach :
As cultural and ethnic diversity in Ireland continues to broaden, particularly as a consequence of inward migration, there are challenges to ensure that such significant change is negotiated successfully. The approach of the NCCRI is to combat racism and to promote intercultural approaches to integration through dialogue and consensus. The NCCRI seeks to work in partnership with a broad range of government and non-government bodies with a focus on long-term sustainable outcomes. This requires the NCCRI to adopt a strategic and forward-looking approach to our work based on evidence, participation and evaluation.
What is the NCCRI?
The National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) was established in 1998 as an independent expert body focusing on racism and interculturalism. The NCCRI is a partnership body which brings together government and non-government organisations to:
NCCRI Roles and Activities
As an expert organisation on racism and interculturalism, the NCCRI:
Training and Resource
The NCCRI established a Training and Resource Unit in May 2000 to provide anti-racism and intercultural awareness training to government and non-government organisations and other groups. The primary aims of the training are to:
In August 2000 the Community Development Support Unit (CDSU) was established to provide assistance and support to community groups working with minority ethnic groups. The CDSU aims to:
Monitoring Racist Incidents
In May 2001 the NCCRI established a complementary procedure for reporting racist incidents in Ireland. A victim of or a witness to a racist incident can report it to the NCCRI in confidence. The NCCRI, if requested, will assist the victim in contacting the relevant authority responsible for investigating and addressing the complaint. Incidents are compiled into six-monthly reports, which aim to identify key issues arising from incidents logged and to make recommendations to the Government. Reporting forms and six monthly reports are available from our office or on our website: www.nccri.ie.
Information and Public Awareness
The NCCRI seeks to raise public awareness about racism and interculturalism through the coordination of events linked to International Day Against Racism (March 21st) and through publication of a range of materials and resources. We also publish a regular newsletter Spectrum and disseminate a monthly email bulletin. Leaflets, posters and most publications are available free of charge from our office and on our website.
The NCCRI seeks to work in partnership with statutory and non-statutory organisations such as the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM) to develop North/South strategies to address racism.
European and International Dimension
The NCCRI, in partnership with the Equality Authority, is the Irish National Focal Point (NFP) for the EU Monitoring Centre on Racism (EUMC) in Vienna. A function of the NFP is the preparation of reports for the European Information Network on Racism and Xenophobia (RAXEN). The role of the RAXEN Network is to collect, comment, review, and submit data on racism to the EUMC in key areas, for example education, employment, housing, legislation and racial violence.
The NCCRI works closely with a range of bodies at both global and European levels, keeping up to date with developments in anti-racism so as to inform and influence policy at national level.
National Action Plan Against Racism
The National Action Plan Against Racism (NPAR) for Ireland arises from the Irish government's commitments given at the UN World Conference Against Racism in September 2001. The NCCRI played a key role in the preparation and consultative phases of the NPAR and will seek to continue this supporting role as the Plan is published and implemented.
The NCCRI is core funded by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Funding for the Community Development Support Unit comes from the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Social and Family Affairs.