Taking a risk in unstable times

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THE European Foundation Centre held its annual assembly in Belfast this week, bringing together representatives of hundreds of philanthropic agencies around the theme of peace through social justice, drawing heavily from the experience of Northern Ireland.

As the event in Belfast’s Europa Hotel drew to a close on Friday, EFC chief executive, Gerry Salole, spoke to The Detail about the learning which had come from the event and the challenges set by the financial crisis engulfing Europe.

And the celebrated South African campaigner and judge, Albie Sachs, spoke about the critical role played by external groups in his own country and in Northern Ireland and of the unquantifiable benefits of some independent intervention.