What Makes Plan Different?

For 76 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’re open, accountable and honest.

We are different. We are Plan International.


Last year, we work in 90,229 communities across the developing world.


In 2013, we worked with over 84m children, helping them secure a better and brighter future.


In 2013, we invested over €700 across 50 of the world's poorest countries.


Established in 2003, Plan 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’s Vision for Children
Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies which respect people’s rights and dignities.

Plan’s Approach
Plan 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’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.


"When Santander falls, I will be shot.
I beg you to worry. I beg you to protect my child"

What we do

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

Where We Work

From the arid regions of West Africa, to the tribes of South East Asia; from the snow-capped mountain ranges of South and Central America, to the bustling streets of Central Asia, Plan works in over 90,220 communities across the globe, covering 70 countries.

Meet the Team

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

Finance & Governance

Plan is committed to ensuring optimal accountability and transparency to all beneficiaries, donors and supporters.

Central to this commitment is and a clear understanding that trust and transparency are vitally important to us and to you. We ask that you read our procedures, download our annual reviews and financial statements and ask questions.

Jobs / Volunteering

Everyday, we strive to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of vulnerable children in developing countries.

To achieve this vision, we need strong, dynamic people to deliver quality, impactful programme across all functions.