A Regional Crisis

Venezuela’s declining political and socioeconomic situation continues to spark violence and limit many residents’ access to basic goods and services. Nearly 6 million people have migrated, most of whom remain in Latin America and the Caribbean. This has created an unprecedented humanitarian and economic challenge for the region. Public infrastructure cannot keep up and local citizens are concerned about limited resources. Moreover, once Venezuelan migrants meet their immediate needs such as housing and medical care, they face longer-term challenges like integrating into communities where they have settled.

A map of South America shows that IAF grantees are currently working with Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. It also shows two countries where the IAF is starting to fund projects supporting Venezuelan migrants: Chile and Argentina.

The IAF Responds

We tapped our extensive network of community-based organizations to support projects addressing longer-term needs of Venezuelan migrants and communities where they live. We have invested $6.4 million in our 31 grantee partners in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. These grantees encourage social and economic inclusion of displaced Venezuelans by:

  • increasing opportunities to earn income
  • combating xenophobia
  • promoting conflict resolution
  • facilitating access to health and psychosocial services

A Regional Crisis

Venezuela’s declining political and socioeconomic situation continues to spark violence and limit many citizens’ access to basic goods and services. Approximately 5 million people have migrated, most of whom remain in Latin America and the Caribbean. This has created an unprecedented humanitarian and economic challenge for the region. Public infrastructure cannot keep up and local citizens are concerned about limited resources. Moreover, once Venezuelan migrants meet their immediate needs such as housing and medical care, they face longer-term challenges like integrating into communities where they have settled.

The IAF Responds

We tapped our extensive network of more than 750 experienced community-based organizations to support projects addressing longer-term needs of Venezuelan migrants and communities where they live. We invested $1.6 million in our 10 grantee partners in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. These grantees encourage social and economic inclusion of displaced Venezuelans by:

  • increasing opportunities to earn income
  • combating xenophobia
  • promoting conflict resolution
  • facilitating access to health and psychosocial services

In 2020, we will continue funding more organizations in these countries and expand support to communities in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica.

A map of South America shows that IAF grantees are currently working with Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. It also shows two countries where the IAF is starting to fund projects supporting Venezuelan migrants: Chile and Argentina.

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