What Makes Plan International Different?

For almost 80 years we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential. On a daily basis, our energy is devoted to making a difference for children living in poverty.

We stand up for children’s rights. We listen to the children we work with and find the best way forward together.

We trust in what we do and we strive to be open, accountable and honest.

We are different. We are Plan International.


Established in 2003, Plan International Ireland is a child-centred community development organisation, part of Plan International which itself was founded over 76 years ago. We are an independent organisation with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Plan International’s Vision for Children

PlanInternational’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies which respect people’s rights and dignities.

Plan International’s Approach

Plan International adopts a child-centred community development (CCCD) approach in all its work which has as its central tenet that children, families and communities are encouraged and enabled to become active and leading participants in their own development.

This approach enhances their ability and opportunity to work together with others to address the causes and consequences of child poverty at all levels. Plan International’s CCCD approach is guided by the UN’s Convention on the ‘Rights of the Child’.

We strive to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives.

We build relationships to increase understanding and unity among people of different cultures and countries.


Last year, we worked in 86,676 communities across the developing world.


In 2015, we worked with over 81.4m children, helping them secure a better and brighter future.


In 2015 we invested €722 across 51 low-income countries.


“When Santander falls, I will be shot. I beg you to worry. I beg you to protect my child.“
With these modest words, Plan International began.

What We Do

Global in scale but grassroots in approach, Plan International strives to deliver an impact in everything that we do.

Where We Work

Global in scale. Grassroots in approach.

Meet the Team

Our team is small, but our passion for what we do is massive!

Finance & Governance

Accountability for every donation is at the top of our list, which is why our finances are an open book. See for yourself.

Jobs and Volunteering

To achieve Plan International Ireland’s vision we need strong, dynamic people to deliver high quality, impactful work across the organisation.