A critical ally for positive, inclusive social change

DIP is committed to creating the conditions for a more inclusive, equitable and anti-racist society

Founded in 2009, the Donegal Intercultural Platform is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that supports people and communities interested in working towards inclusion and equality and in promoting human rights and challenging discrimination and racism in Donegal.

The DIP CDP is committed to creating the conditions for a more inclusive, equitable and anti-racist society.

A member of the CDP Network

In 2021, DIP were successful in winning core funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Community Development Programme and we opened our new intercultural offices in Letterkenny in January 2022.

We are now expanding our work in supporting and advocating on behalf of members of Black and Minority Ethnic communities experiencing poverty, exclusion and racism and creating the conditions for progressive social change.

In September we opened our new Intercultural Hub next door to the project office as a site for workshops, meetings and community development work engaging the Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Letterkenny. 

Using a community development approach, the project will continue to:

  • Expand the base, capacity and resources of the Platform

  • Promote an understanding of interculturalism, equality and human rights

  • Target the most excluded, disadvantaged & undocumented

  • Challenge individual and institutional racism and discrimination

  • Support the inclusion of people seeking international protection

  • Create the conditions for inclusion, participation and representation of Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in civil society at all levels

The Donegal Intercultural Platform CDP is widely recognised by minority communities and local and state agencies as the representative forum for intercultural inclusion.

Over the years we have provided accountable representatives onto boards and committees such as: The Connecting for Life initiative; The Community Health Network; Donegal Women’s Centre; The PEACE IV Partnership and now the new PEACEPlus partnership, the Donegal Joint Policing Committee; the Community, Social and Cultural Special Policy Committee (SPC) of Donegal County Council; Social Inclusion Linkage Group (SILG – PPN); Secretariat and Implementation Team for the new Black & Minority Ethnic Inclusion Strategy 2021-2026; we are members of the Justice For the Undocumented campaign (MRCI) and collaborate with North West Migrants Forum in their Common Travel Area campaign; the platform is an active member of the Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) and we are members of the Friends of the Centre group (IPAS Asylum accommodation centre, Letterkenny). We are currently delivering the CARA Donegal project – (Community Anti-Racism Actions) engaging 10 community organisations and their local communities in anti-racism training and hosting open ‘Critical Conversations for Change’ sessions between majority community members and members of Black and Minority Ethnic communities across Donegal. We support Women of the World – a 100+ member organisation of migrant women; the InStep migrant youth initiative and the Donegal Movement Against Racism.