Following decades of conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Colombian people now face an unprecedented opportunity to build lasting peace.
As implementation of the peace accords begins, new decision-making spaces will open at the local, regional and national levels. It is important for our grantee partners to gain knowledge of the accords and their implementation in order to engage in the process in a timely fashion.
What is peace-building?
Peace-building includes activities generate trust, create relationships of mutual support, resolve conflict and identify constructive ways to improve people’s lives.
How we support the peace process
A couple of years ago, we began to explore the implications of peace negotiations for our grantee partners in Colombia and for the IAF as a funder. We asked ourselves and our partners several key questions: How can we support our grantee partners in the context of the peace process? Is there something that we should be doing differently? What are the needs of our grantee partners as they face this new reality?
Our partners told us that they have been building peace in their territories for years already. With their IAF grants they create local development plans, raise awareness about human rights, prevent violence and promote economic development. But as peace negotiations progressed, they also wanted the opportunity to engage strategically with the peace process—to participate in local and national conversations about Colombia's future.