Centro de Investigacion y Educacion Popular

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Public Statement 2016

Title Reconciliation from the Grassroots: Participatory documentation of sixteen peace-building experiences
Type of organization Non-governmental organization
Country Colombia
Duration  One year
IAF Funding   $50,000
Counterpart Committed $29,493
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 80
Primary program areas Education/training

CINEP gained legal standing in 1972. Its mission, in consultation with the Jesuit Ministries, is to build a more democratic and just society through research, education and understanding of social processes. CINEP focuses on conflict, the state and development, land distribution and human rights, and citizenship and peace. CINEP is governed by a five-member executive committee chosen by the Jesuit Ministry. The committee meets every two months to plan and evaluate activities. The executive director is elected every three years in the general meeting of the executive committee.

CINEP has distinguished itself through strong research capacities, its use of innovative and participatory methodologies for information gathering, and important contributions to the analysis of social and political events in Colombia and Latin America. Its database, with over 380 recorded and analyzed cases of peace-building activities, will serve as an important comparative resource.

CINEP is funded by the Jesuit Ministry. In addition it has received funds for specific projects from Amnesty International, Oxfam, and the European Community, among others.

Project Description
The Centro de Investigacion y Educacion Popular (CINEP) is one of a cohort of IAF grantee partners that will support peace-building efforts at the grassroots level. CINEP will support peace-building efforts at the grassroots level through applied research with a select group of 16 IAF grantee partners in Colombia. It will generate baseline information on local initiatives throughout the country to contribute toward identifying best practices in peace-building. The project will directly benefit 80 people and 1,600 indirectly.

Rationale for Funding
Grassroots organizations and nongovernmental organizations 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.