This year saw the IAF continuing to propel effective grassroots development even during a global health and economic crisis.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck Latin America and the Caribbean in March, already vulnerable communities faced heightened food insecurity, income loss, health risks, and gender-based violence. IAF grantees joined the front lines, helping communities survive by distributing food and personal protective equipment, investing in economic recovery, and supporting longer-term environmental and economic resilience across the region.
In the face of hardship and uncertainty, we are encouraged that the values that have underpinned the IAF for 50 years hold true. As we chart our course into the next 50 years, we do so with an unshakable commitment to our foundational vision: that communities know best how to resolve their own challenges.