Corporación Caribe Afirmativo

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Public Statement 2016

Title Building local capacity for peace among LGBT people in the Caribbean region
Type of organization Non-governmental organization
Country Colombia
Duration  One year
IAF Funding   $20,500
Counterpart Committed $8,578
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 70
Indirect: 1,000
Primary program areas Education/training

Organization
The Corporación Caribe Afirmativo (Caribe Afirmativo) is a non-governmental organization established in 2009 with the objective of promoting human rights for the LGBT population in the Colombian Caribbean Region. Caribe Afirmativo is governed by a 20 member general assembly that meets annually with a five-person board of directors. The organization’s work is divided into a human rights observatory, research, social mobilization and public policy. Among its accomplishments is the creation of an advocacy center (observatorio) that identifies and systematically documents LGBT victims of violence in the region, making visible the situation that this population faces and advocating for their citizen rights.

Caribe Afirmativo has received funding from the municipality of Cartagena and the departments of Bolivar, Guajira and Nariño, and international organizations such as the United Nations, the United States Agency for International Development, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

Project Description
Caribe Afirmativo) is one of a cohort of IAF grantee partners that will support peace-building efforts at the grassroots level. Caribe Afirmativo will strengthen the skills of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) leaders and organizations in seven municipalities of Colombia’s Caribbean region to better advocate for a gender focus in the peace-building process. The project will directly benefit at least 70 leaders of LGBT organizations and indirectly benefit an additional 12 organizations and public officials—approximately 1,000 people—in Colombia’s Caribbean region.

Rationale for Funding
Grassroots organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) have an important role in building peace in Colombia. As Colombians begin to imagine a future without conflict, these organizations and their members must have their voices and proposals heard. To do this, they must have tools and spaces for learning and sharing, in this way building trust and relationships of mutual support among each other and with other actors in the country.

Learning Opportunity
This grant adds to a cohort of projects that support peace-building efforts at the grassroots level. The grant will give IAF the opportunity to learn about how building trust and relationships of mutual support between grantee partners and other actors in the country can be a first step towards national reconciliation. These grants will also help the Foundation to learn how to more effectively respond at scale to challenging opportunities such as the peace process in Colombia.