Public Statement 2016
|Caribbean Agenda: Peace with Youth in the Territories|
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|Primary program areas||Education/training|
Prodesal, received its legal status in 1990. It is an NGO that focuses its work in three areas: (1) individual, organizational and enterprise development; (2) sustainable agriculture; and (3) civic participation, specifically involving women and young Colombians in civic engagement including the development and implementation of public policy. Prodesal has gained recognition for its extensive work with urban and rural youths in the departments of Sucre and Córdoba and with indigenous youths from the Resguardo de San Andrés de Sotavento. It is governed by a board of four directors, each appointed to a two-year term by Prodesal’s general assembly.
Prodesal has received support from the Belgian Agency for Foreign Assistance, the Swiss Agency for Foreign Assistance, Misereor of Germany, Cooperative Housing International, and Fundación Restrepo Barco through a sub-grant from the Colombian National Fund of RedÉAmerica.
Prodesal is one of a cohort of IAF grantee partners that will support peace-building efforts at the grassroots level. Prodesal will work with young people in nine municipalities and two cities in the Caribbean region of Colombia to build municipal peace agendas, leading to one Caribbean youth peace plan. Prodesal and its participants will present all of the developed agendas to local and regional authorities and disseminate their contents widely via digital and social media. The project will directly benefit 750 young people from the departments of Atlántico, Bolívar, Córdoba and Sucre. An additional 750,000 young people in these four departments will benefit from having municipal and regional peace agendas.
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.
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 Foundation learn how to more effectively respond at scale to challenging opportunities such as the peace process in Colombia.