Colombia’s Chocó department, home to Afro-Colombian, Embera-Wounaan and mestizo people, has a history of isolation, underdevelopment, and conflict. Young people, in particular, are still paying the price of the country’s armed conflict, facing the constant threat of violent gangs. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions that promote peace and security through youth engagement and civil society strengthening. Our grantee partner, Asociación Para Las Investigaciones Culturales Del Chocó (ASINCH), is drawing on the Chocó’s rich cultural heritage to rebuild the region’s social fabric by providing safe spaces for community members to work through the traumas of exclusion and conflict through music, arts, and dance. ASINCH promotes Chocó’s traditions among young people, strengthens community-based cultural organizations, and supports public policies that protect the cultural rights of its people.
This grant is part of the IAF’s broader initiative to build a just and lasting peace in Colombia.