Environmental protection requires long-term commitment from local actors, yet the world’s second most biodiverse country, Colombia, has almost no local philanthropic organizations dedicated to conserving its natural resources in partnership with grassroots groups. At the IAF, we foster local philanthropic sectors and unlock additional public and private resources for long-term development. Our grantee partner Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad (AAS) is mobilizing international and national funding sources to create the Fondo Socioambiental Emerger (Fondo Emerger), a social-environmental fund inspired by the principles of community philanthropy. Fondo Emerger will support initiatives led by community-based organizations and social movements to advance the sustainable management of territories, commonly-held natural resources, and livelihoods.
This grant includes funds to support the recovery and reconstruction of food production and marketing systems, specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the eve of her retirement after 17 years at the IAF, we asked Marcy Kelley to reflect on the lessons she has learned from her four decades of international grassroots development experience. Before joining the IAF, Marcy spent 26 years facilitating grassroots development with organizations including the Peace Corps. Read more ›
Latin American cocoa farmers are reeling from the combined impact of COVID-19 and recent hurricanes. We are teaming up with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association to help them restart their livelihoods and build strong networks.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened pre-existing inequalities experienced by vulnerable groups. Our grantee partners have found that increasing access to technology helps address these issues, connecting people to jobs, education, and social support.