Our community partner Guakia Ambiente recently won the People's Choice Award for Energy Supply in Climate CoLab's Climate Contests.
Looking for a good cup o’ joe? Three of our grantee partners recently received awards from the Small Producers’ Symbol (Símbolo de Pequeños Productores, SPP) at the 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo. The award ceremony took place in Seattle, Washington in April. Guatemalan farming cooperative Asociación Barillense de Agricultores (ASOBAGRI) won the Traders’ Choice award. The organization of farmers Finca Triunfo Verde (FTV) in Mexico won the award for Original Flavor. The prize for Best Pioneer went to another grantee partner from Mexico, Unión de Productores Orgánicos Beneficio Majomut (Majomut or in Tsotsil “Place of Birds”). According to to the Read more ›
We here at the IAF would like to take a moment to congratulate a grantee partner named among the top 500 best development projects in Latin America! The IAF-sponsored Cooperativa de Producción y Servicios Especiales de los Productores de Camélidos Andinos (COOPECAN) qualified in two categories of the Premios Latinoamérica Verde 2017, or Green Latin Americas Prizes. The Latin American Green Awards is an annual contest that recognizes the efforts of businesses and civil society organizations to advance sustainable development initiatives in categories like water and other natural resources preservation, social inclusion, energy and others. This year more than 2,500 Read more ›
Just in time for World Environment Day on June 5, Inter-American Foundation grantee partner Guakía Ambiente received the National Energy Globe Award 2017 for its efforts to bring clean energy to low-income communities on Hispaniola Island. The internationally renowned Energy Globe environmental prizes were established in 1999 with the sponsorship of UNESCO and in cooperation with UNEP. The regional, national and global awards distinguish energy projects that conserve natural resources and utilize renewable or emission-free sources. This year more than 2,000 projects from more than 170 countries took part. In naming Guakía Ambiente the winner for the Dominican Republic, contest Read more ›
Community partner COFAMIDE surveyed some 120 individuals who lost a loved one who attempted to migrate. The report reveals that these families are at a significant economic disadvantage compared to the rest of the population.
We are saddened to hear news of the passing of Lorenzo Servitje, founder of Bimbo Bakeries in Mexico and longtime collaborator with the Inter-American Foundation (IAF). The very first grant we awarded in Mexico went to support an organization that Servitje founded as Fundación Mexicana para el Desarrollo (Mexican Development Foundation, FMD). The organization formed as part of a trend in corporate social responsibility led by philanthropic businessmen such as Servitje who sought to better the lives of the “have-nots” by providing access to credit and the ability to organize cooperatives among farming communities. Our first published report of IAF Read more ›
An Inter-American Foundation (IAF) grantee partner dedicated to promoting economic, social and cultural empowerment of Afro-Peruvian youth recently received national attention for its efforts in Peru. Ashanti Perú Red Peruana de Jóvenes Afrodescendientes (Ashanti Peru) received honorable mention in the area of civil society engagement for the 2016 National Digital Democracy Award. The award, organized by the Peruvian nonprofit Democracy and Development International, encourages citizen participation, as well as how to use new technologies to share ideas and knowledge, increase access to public information, transparency, accountability and inclusion. Ashanti was one of 57 participants in the competition, receiving recognition for Read more ›
IAF grantee partner Tierra Nueva Asociación Civil was ranked by Premios Latinoamérica Verde as one of the best social and environmental projects in Latin America. Tierra Nueva’s sustainable horticulture production joins the ranking with 500 projects representing 25 countries and 513 cities in Latin America. Tierra Nueva ranked number 14 in the category of Human Development and Social Inclusion; providing better healthcare access to rural communities in Paraguay. From August 23-25, Tierra Nueva will be presenting their project and share their experience at the Annual Premios Latinoamérica Verde held in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Talk about Read more ›
The Inter-American Foundation joins hundreds of Honduras in mourning the death of Céleo Álvarez Casildo, Director of the Ethnic Community Development Organization (ODECO) and Executive Secretary of the World Summit of African Descendant Platform who died on April 11, 2016. A strong champion of Afro-descendents rights, Mr. Casildo leaves a legacy that remains important for Honduras and for the world. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Newspaper article, in Spanish Talk about community-led development!