NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) programme is a think-tank, set up to help the sector become better informed about economic issues and take part more effectively in economic policy debates. We carry out research, and run training courses and masterclasses on a wide range of currrent economic issues.

We need to talk about wealth inequality – not just now, but always

23 Mar 2023Ryan Miller undefinedInequality, Poverty, Social Policy, Economy

Distribution of wealth should a headline talking point of economic discourse, alongside GDP, employment levels and inflation.

The growing role of charities in society must be embraced

8 Feb 2023Ryan Miller undefinedSector Issues, Funding, Economy, Environment, Social Policy

A huge new report, years in the making, says that the community and voluntary sector’s increasing importance needs to be fully embraced. The private, public and third sectors all need to work together to build the best-possible future.

Childcare needs support, and right now – for everyone’s benefit

25 Nov 2022Ryan Miller undefinedEconomy, Childcare, Education, Social Policy, Children, Early Years

For too long, childcare in Northern Ireland has been treated as an afterthought. As inflation hits its highest rate for over four decades, the pressure on both providers and parents is coming to a head.

Economy, transport and travel

7 Jul 2021Déarbhla Sloan Value of the SectorTransport, travel, Economy, Policy and Public Affairs, Research, Public Benefit

The voluntary, community & social enterprise sector provides huge benefit to NI society, encouraging growth in social capital and the economy. Also, through community transport, the sector helps reduce the isolation felt by many.

Webinar: The UK Points Based Immigration System: Practical Impacts for Northern Ireland businesses (Employers)

30 Nov 2020Déarbhla Sloan BrexitPolicy and Public Affairs, Immigration, Public Sector, Economy

On Thursday 10th December, The Department for the Economy are holding a webinar focusing on helping Northern Ireland businesses prepare for the practical implications of the UK’s new Points-Based Immigration System.

RSPB NI launch 5 Point Green Recovery Plan for NI’s Economy and Environment

25 Nov 2020Déarbhla Sloan Policy & Public Affairsgreen recovery plan, Covid 19 Response, Economy

The RSPB NI have recently launched their 5 point Green Recovery Plan for a post-Covid 19 Northern Ireland.

Big Ideas - A Festival of Economics the programme so far...

29 Jul 2016Lisa McElherron Centre for Economic EmpowermentEconomy

The countdown is on to Big Ideas - A festival of Economics. With two weeks to go the list of speakers and topics is looking pretty impressive.

Do you have a Big Idea?

25 Jul 2016Shauna O'Neill Policy & Public Affairs, Centre for Economic EmpowermentPolicy, Economy

NICVA's 'Big Ideas: Festival of Economics' will bring together key note speakers, panels, workshops and conversations to spark debate about the big ideas that could transform our economy. And we want you to be part of it.

The Fiscal Implications of an Older Population in Northern Ireland

24 Nov 2015Michael McGilligan Centre for Economic Empowerment, Policy & Public AffairsEconomy, Public Expenditure

This research aims to identify the fiscal impact of the changing age profile of Northern Ireland.

Coming Soon- State of the Sector VII Online Survey

10 Sep 2015Rachel Shannon ResearchState of the Sector, Economy, Training

NICVA is undertaking its next research in to the State of the Sector. This online survey, NICVA’s 7th in this area, will go live in October and we need to hear from you.