Tuesday 20 November 2018

Pioneer in Irish foreign aid is no ordinary charity

Ciaran Byrne

FOR almost 65 years, it was known as the Catholic Institute for International Relations, a relatively little-heard-of charity which worked mostly overseas.

Founded in 1941, it pioneered the era of Irish foreign aid workers and fostered the modern concept of development workers -- people who train and educate rather than simply engage in handouts.

For the past five years, this Irish organisation has been known as Progressio Ireland, the independent partner of Progressio UK which has its own separate staff and aims.

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