Following decades of conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombian people now face an unprecedented opportunity to build lasting peace.
A couple of years ago at the IAF, we began to explore the implications of peace negotiations for our grantee partners in Colombia and for the IAF as a funder. How could the IAF support its grantee partners in the context of the peace process? Was there something that we should be doing differently? What are the needs of our grantee partners in this new context?
As the process moves forward, civil society leaders will open new decision-making spaces at local, regional and national levels. It is important for our grantee partners to prepare and gain knowledge of the accords in order to engage in the process in a timely fashion.
What is peace-building?
Peace-building: As Colombian society begins to build a new peace narrative, peace-building will include activities that contribute to building trust, relationships of mutual support, and constructive ways for improving people’s lives and resolving conflict.
How we support the peace process
We already contribute to peace-building through our grants. Our grantee partners participate in creating local development plans, raising awareness on human rights, gaining skills for the prevention of violence and finding economic alternatives.
Now that the time for peace-building in Colombia is imminent, we have a time-sensitive opportunity to offer our grantee partners the chance to convene, discuss and decide on their next steps as they look for constructive ways to participate in peace-building in their communities.
For more details, see the list of 18 grassroots organizations that have received funding from us for this special initiative.
Peace-building begins at the local level, and our grantee partners are part of the solution. Their voices should be heard.