Corporación Consorcio para el Desarrollo Comunitario

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Public Statement 2016

Title Creating skills toward peace
Type of organization Nongovernmental organization
Country Colombia
Duration  1 Year
IAF Funding   $35,000
Counterpart Committed $16,513
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 140
Indirect: 8,500
Primary program areas Research/Training

Organization
Consorcio, founded in l998, is a consortium of four Colombian corporate foundations: Fundación Corona, Fundación EPSA, Fundación Smurfit Carton de Colombia, and Fundación Restrepo Barco. Its mission is to work toward a more equal, prosperous, democratic society by developing community organizations. It is governed by a board of five directors that elects an executive director every two years. Work focuses on organizational development and management of information on issues related to local development.

Consorcio successfully managed funds for the Colombian National Fund, created by the Colombian members of the Inter-American Network of Corporate Foundations and Actions for Grassroots Development (RedEAmérica), and for PorAmérica, created by RedEAmérica members and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to support grassroots development in several countries. Its two methods for working with grassroots development, “Ruta de Fortalecimiento Organizacional” and “Desarrollo Integral Territorial,” have reached some 700 community leaders and organizations throughout Colombia. Consorcio has received funding from Global Communities International (CHF), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Colombian Departamento Nacional para la Prosperidad Social, and Instituto Distrital de la Participación y Acción Comunal (IDPAC).

Project Description
Consorcio will help develop an approach that enables 50 grassroots organizations to contribute toward the peace process in their communities and will work with the organizations to adjust the approach as necessary via a series of workshops. The project will benefit 140 Colombians directly and 8,500 indirectly.

Rationale for Funding
The Colombian government and the guerrilla forces of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) began peace negotiations in late 2012 and could reach an agreement in March. Former combatants are expected to return to their communities and civil society organizations such as Consorcio should be an important force in managing the transition. Consorcio has been a party to two cooperative agreements with the IAF; the subgrant fund developed in cooperation with three corporate foundations working in the departments of Valle del Cauca and Cauca is still active.

Learning Opportunity
Consorcio should provide insight into its approach to helping communities contribute to the peace process.