What Makes Plan International Different?

For more than 80 years, we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfill 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 strive to be open, accountable and honest.

We are different. We are Plan International.

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Established in 2003, Plan International Ireland is a child-centred community development organisation, part of Plan International which itself was founded over 80 years ago. We are an independent organisation with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Plan International’s Vision for Children

Plan International’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 partnered with 51,581 organisations


In 2018, we worked with over 34.2m children, helping them secure a better and brighter future.

€800 m

In 2018 we invested €800 million


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