Our foundation representative for Bolivia shares his experience of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join community, indigenous and local government leaders at UNESCO World Heritage site Tiwanaku for a ceremony to kick off a new IAF-supported project with grantee partner TIERRA. This was a public commitment that all leaders and representatives of the 23 communities that make up the municipality of Tiwanaku agreed to implement the project.
After the recent earthquake, FASOL supported a nascent grassroots organization in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, a town that suffered considerable damage. The group organized the community through the ancestral action of tequio, a way of “giving back," Mexican style. The families coordinated efforts to rebuild homes together, and the approach generated both capacity-building and development.
For chocolate consumers like my cousins and myself, all we usually care about is the final delectable product. But for producers like Carlos, it’s their life.
The Chaco is a cultural hotspot and is the traditional home to over 25 indigenous groups. These groups seek to maintain their communities and cultural identities, but in recent years they have faced daunting challenges.
We checked in with one of the grantee partners from our peace-building cohort in Colombia to see how she is building peace in her territorio. Anunciación Alcalde Vega is a respiratory therapist and runs her own practice with support she receives through our grantee partner Corporación Socioecológica para el Futuro de Bolivar (Ecofuturo).
The social and ecological benefits that spring from local administration of forests — and the way those benefits accrue to communities — offer a window into social capital creation.
Indigenous peoples have the ability and power to formulate their own rules and standards to respond to proposed projects and give or withhold consent.
When our grantee partners in Colombia told us they wanted the opportunity to engage strategically with the peace process — to participate in local and national conversations about the country’s future — we listened. Many of these people had been working towards peace in their communities for years. In early 2016, the timing seemed right to try something new.
A partnership of 14 grassroots groups in the community of Cavaillon and 12 months of training for some community members, will bring economic and social development.
This is the sixth video in our series that follows our grantee partners working to build peace in Colombia. In this video, our grantee partner Fundación Hijos de la Sierra Flor works with indigenous and Afro-Colombian women’s groups to create spaces for dialogue, exchanges and recreation.