IAF commitment: $4,017,693 + $663,954
Counterpart value: $4,053,085 + $315,268
Total investment: $9,050,000
Targeted Initiative in Colombia
Read about the Colombia Peace Initiative with special projects from grantee partners in 2017.
Corporación Taller de Promoción Popular y Desarrollo Alternativo (Prodesal) will involve 1,036 young Colombians in local policy-making, raise their awareness of their rights and improve their business skills through technical assistance, training, forums and exchanges. A subgrant fund will finance 40 start-up businesses.
Corporación RedEAmérica (RedEAmérica) will improve measurement of the impact of its training and investment in grassroots projects; will study and document four examples of successful subgrantee partners; will encourage the application of principles of grassroots development to core business functions; and will recognize extraordinary contributions to grassroots development in the hemisphere.
Asociación de Productores de Panela de la Vereda Las Vegas (Asoprovegas) will work with its members and two other grassroots organizations in the municipality of Tulua, department of Valle del Cauca, Asociación de Escuelas Agroecológicas Campesinas de San Rafael (Aseas) and the Asociación de Agricultores Orgánicos de San Lorenzo (Asoagro), toward better land-use practices on 57 farms, resulting in the increased production of sugar cane, a more reliable food supply and greater collaboration among the three organizations. The project is expected to benefit Colombians 170 directly and another 470 indirectly.
Corporacion Consorcio para el Desarrollo Comunitario (Consorcio) will provide small grants, training and other support to grassroots organizations for projects undertaken in collaboration with local-level government and other partners, and will participate in workshops and conferences on grassroots development with other members of the Inter-American Network of Corporate Foundations and Actions for Grassroots Development (RedEAmérica).
Fundación Mujer y Futuro (FMF) will train 300 women in the municipality of Bucaramanga toward more active participation in local government and in social protection programs available to them in compliance with municipal policy targeting gender equality. They will also receive technical assistance and have the opportunity to participate in exchanges.
Asociación de Campesinos de la Vereda Palmas (Asocap) will work with Asociación Comunitaria de Productores de Mora y Demás Cultivos de la Región (Asocomore) and Fundación Ecológica Produende (Produende) to develop the leadership skills and income potential of young residents of the rural municipalities of Darien, Trujillo and Riofrio, department of Valle del Cauca, and will provide them access to materials, supplies, and equipment. The work will benefit 350 Colombians directly and another 1,500 indirectly, and it should motivate young residents to stay and build a future for themselves in the region.
Asociación para el Desarrollo Campesino (ADC) will work with its member mingas, or organizations, and with other community groups in the municipalities of Pasto, Buesaco, Chachagui, Ipiales, Puerres and Yacuanquer to encourage practices that benefit the environment and help farmers remain on their land. The grassroots members will form a network. ADC's program also includes environmental education in primary schools. The project will benefit 700 Colombians directly and 2,000 indirectly.
Junta de Acción Comunal Cumbarco (JAC Cumbarco) will work with residents of Cumbarco to increase the resources of local grassroots groups, develop them as organizations and encourage the participation of young residents in their initiatives, including to improve the production and marketing of coffee, plantains and flowers. The project will benefit 165 Colombians directly and another 510 indirectly.
Cabildo Indígena del Resguardo de Guambia (Guambia) will collaborate with the indigenous Guambiano residents of the cabildos of Silvia, Ovejas Siberia, San Antonio, Pisitao and Kurachak, department of Cauca, to improve their production, processing and marketing of sugarcane and scallions. The resulting increase in income will benefit 1,250 indigenous Colombian farmers.
Corporación Caribe Afirmativo (Caribe Afirmativo) will raise awareness about the struggles of the LGBTI community in the Caribbean region, offer art therapy to individuals who have been victimized and advocate for their rights. The grant will benefit 300 LGBTI Colombians directly and 520 persons indirectly.
Corporación de Profesionales Construyendo Ciudadanía (CPCC) will engage with 7 youth groups, and other young Monterinos, between the ages of 14-28, to develop their organizational capabilities and grow into leadership roles. It will provide training and technical support aimed at increasing young people's knowledge of their rights and increasing their representation among decision-makers in their community. The grant will directly benefit 700 young people and 2,000 other community members indirectly.
Fundación Grupo de Acción y Apoyo a Personas Trans (GAAT) will convene Bogota's transgender community to collect information on five basic rights: education, employment, freedom of movement, health and housing. GAAT will use the information it collects from the meetings to raise awareness about violations of these rights and advocate for this community. The project will reach 650 transgender Colombians, their family members and allies, and representatives of public sector institutions, non-governmental organizations and universities. It will indirectly impact another 2,000 people.
Fundación Ambiental Dapaviva (Dapaviva) will carry out educational activities with school children, residents, businesses and public institutions around the Reserva Forestal Protectora Nacional Cerro Dapa Carisucio, to teach them about the local ecosystems and conservation strategies such as recycling and composting, with the objective of encouraging the protection of the environment. Dapaviva will also train a group of young Colombians to be park rangers, and will explore opportunities for registering private lands as nature reserves. The project will work with 1,500 residents of Dapa, Yumbillo, La Buitrera and La Olga, Valle del Cauca, and will indirectly benefit an additional 3,250.
The Asociación de Mujeres Indígenas "La Chagra de la Vida" (Asomi) will work with its members and the members of five indigenous communities, representing the Inga, Kamentsá, Siona, Kofán and Koreguaje ethnicities, to draw upon proven traditional practices to improve livelihoods, protect their way of life and the natural environment. Asomi will increase the diversity and productivity of chagras, or sustainable farms, revitalize traditional knowledge and practices, and increase exchanges and cooperation among its members and directly benefit 475 persons and 1350 indirectly.
Grupo de Teatro Esquina Latina (TEL) will carry out peace building activities using a community theater approach with 11 grassroots theater groups in Cali, Valle del Cauca and the north of Cauca. TEL will also launch an online version of its community theater program called radioteatro that uses the internet to disseminate radio dramas more broadly. Participants will build their confidence and gain the skills to become agents of change in their communities. They will forge networks of local, departmental and national organizations to promote a culture of peace. The project will benefit 300 young people and other community members affected by the armed conflict and other forms of violence. It will indirectly reach about 37,600 additional residents, who will gain the opportunity to use theater to critically reflect on the history of the conflict and opportunities for reconciliation.
Corporación Proyectarte (Proyectarte) will partner with local schools, social service organizations and grassroots groups to improve opportunities for 180 young people ages 11-20 living in vulnerable communities in northeast Medellin. Through arts and other methodologies, Proyectarte will help boost participants’ confidence and leadership skills to advocate for their rights and build networks for advancing social, employment and leadership opportunities in their communities. The project will also reach 60 families of participating young people.