Corporación Buen Ambiente

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Public Statement 2016

Title Education for Peace-building in Santander
Type of organization NGO
Country Colombia
Duration  One year
IAF Funding   $40,846
Counterpart Committed $13,047
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 420
Indirect:5,000
Primary program areas Education/Training

Organization
Corambiente is an NGO founded in 1996 to support communities affected by the Colombian conflict by assuring a more reliable food supply, promoting economic opportunities, and strengthening grassroots organizations. Corambiente is governed by a board of five directors who work with 10 member team to implement activities in three areas: food security, promotion of economies of scale and organizational strengthening.. Corambiente has successfully undertaken projects with the Colombian government and with the Swiss Agency for Foreign Assistance, the Norwegian Council for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration, CARE-Canada, Lutheran World Relief and Ayuda en Acción of Spain. In 2008, Fundación Exito, a well-known corporate foundation, recognized Corambiente with an award citing its innovative approach to food security.

Project Description
Corporación Buen Ambiente (Corambiente) is one of a cohort of IAF grantee partners that will support peace-building efforts at the grassroots level. Corambiente will convene organized farmers and high school students in six municipalities in the Páramo de Santurbán, department of Santander, to identify and disseminate ongoing peace-building activities in the region. Corambiente will carry out workshops, community meetings, and exchanges, and produce and disseminate television programs. The project will directly benefit 420 people and indirectly reach another 5,000 residents of Santander.

Rationale for Funding

 Grassroots and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) 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 the 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 toward national reconciliation. These grants will also help the IAF to learn how to more effectively respond at scale to challenging opportunities such as the peace process in Colombia.