Economy

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.

Making banks work

18 Feb 2013Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic EmpowermentEconomy

Banks are businesses; their purpose is to make profits for shareholders. But banks also play a vital role in the functioning of the wider economy, enabling funds to be saved and transferred, offering financial services, and providing credit.

Flegonomics

4 Feb 2013Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic EmpowermentEconomy

Although the controversy over the flying of the Union flag seems to centre on issues of identity, it is the economics of the situation that have come to the fore.

The Subvention

30 Jan 2013Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic EmpowermentEconomy, Public Expenditure

Sinn Féin’s call for a border poll has reintroduced the once familiar debate over the ‘subvention’ – the annual gap between public revenue and expenditure in Northern Ireland.

What price a living wage?

28 Jan 2013Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic EmpowermentEconomy

As inequality grows and downward pressure on real wages continues to affect households across the UK, the idea of a living wage has gained momentum in recent months.

The Assembly's Economic Powers

13 Dec 2012Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic EmpowermentEconomy

In her Ministerial Foreword, Arlene Foster writes approvingly that the Northern Ireland Economic Strategy “has been developed by locally elected politicians to meet the particular needs of our economy”.

Economic conference - a new stage for free thinking and debate

5 Dec 2012Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic EmpowermentEconomy

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) hosted its second annual economic conference in Belfast yesterday focusing on the issue of job creation in Northern Ireland. 

Viewfinder 13

26 Nov 2012Andrea Thornbury ResearchEconomy, Funding, Charity Regulation, Governance, Viewfinder (Research)

This viewfinder survey focuses on the current economic environment, funding, the new charity regulations and governance.

Economic Inequality

21 Nov 2012Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic EmpowermentEconomy

Over the last three decades most societies have experienced a marked rise in economic inequality. In the UK, the top one per cent’s share of net income increased from 4% in 1978 to 10% in 2000.

A jobless recovery is no recovery

19 Nov 2012Seamus McAleavey Economy, Unemployment

Recessions may be measured by a fall in GDP but it is the loss of jobs that matters most.

Is the Housing Strategy Facing the Future?

29 Oct 2012Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic EmpowermentEconomy

Last week the Department for Social Development published its new housing strategy, Facing the Future, for consultation.