In the 2005 issue of the Grassroots Development journal, we remember the IAF’s beginnings with the vision of founding president Bill Dyal, visit some successes traceable to those times and look at more recent directions.
Letters from Our Readers
“Bill Dyal Remembers”
In a Q&A-style piece, Bill Dyal reflects on his nine years as president of the IAF and on his lifelong commitment to social justice.
“Bill Dyal’s Long Shadow”
Excerpted from remarks prepared for IAF’s celebration of its 35th anniversary, this piece celebrates Dyal’s vision for supporting grassroots and community development by helping people help themselves.
“The Most Vulnerable Colombians: Bosconia in Balance”
This article discusses the success and potential of the Bosconia program, an IAF grantee partner that immerses street kids in a different way of life. Despite the logistics of running such a large operation across Colombia, the program’s unique approach to generating and keeping the children’s interest has enabled it to thrive and even expand.
“The Streets of Bogota: A Personal Journey”
This personal essay depicts the experience of a former Colombian street kid whose life changed direction when he stumbled into the Bosconia program.
“Manos del Uruguay: The Bottom Line”
Almost three decades after its first IAF award, Manos del Uruguay is the country’s premiere producer of yarn and garments. In this article, we explore how the many people who believed in the organization along the way helped it to become an internationally recognized brand.
“Dreams Among the Ruins: A New Generation of Guarani Rethinks Development”
In an age of wholesale destruction of indigenous societies in the Americas, the Jesuits and their Guarani charges in Argentina’s Misiones province built a model of peaceful, productive cooperation that lasted 160 years. Shaped by the experiences of their parents and grandparents, a new generation of Guarani leaders is working to examine their past and redefining community goals, as this article highlights.
“Women and Microcredit in an Ecuadorian Community”
Here we showcase IAF grantee partners Fundación Mujer y Familia Andina (Foundation for Women and Andean Families) and Frente Democrático de Mujeres (Women’s Democratic Front), whose work has helped Huaquillas residents on Ecuador’s tormented southern border develop diverse new businesses through a savings and credit alternative to conventional banks.
“Accepting the Challenge of HIV/AIDS”
This interview with Gerarda Fraga, founder and general coordinator of Centro de Formación Popular Renaciendo Juntos, highlights her organization’s contributions to improving the lives of people with HIV/AIDS through IAF-funded projects on Venezuela’s Isla Margarita.
Photo Essay: “Water Services for Copán Communities”
In this educational series of photos, we witness the work of Honduran IAF grantee partner Agua Para el Pueblo (APP), which coordinates initiatives to manage water for human consumption, rural sanitation and microbasins in communities of the Copán River basin.
Grantees in the News
- “The Agronomist,” a film that looks at contemporary Haiti through the story of Jean Dominique, owner and operator of the country’s only independent radio station
- “Waiting for Rain: The Politics and Poetry of Drought in Northeast Brazil”
- “Key Issues in Development”
- “Otros Amenazantes: Los nicaragüenses y la formación de identidades nacionales en Costa Rica”
- “Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico”
In Memoriam: Pioneers in Organic Chocolate — Luis Cruz Mamani and Gualberto Condori Beltrán
The IAF remembers Luis Cruz Mamani and Gualberto Condori Beltrán, both indigenous Aymara from poverty-stricken backgrounds, who had dedicated their lives to Bolivia’s rural poor. They will be especially remembered as among the most committed and talented leaders of IAF grantee Central Regional de Cooperativas Agropecuarias e Industriales El Ceibo.