How do we support the peace process?
A few years ago, we began to explore the implications of peace negotiations for our grantee partners in Colombia and for the IAF as a funder. We asked ourselves and our partners several key questions: How can we support our grantee partners in the context of the peace process? Should we do anything differently? What do our grantee partners need as they face this new reality?
Our partners told us that they have been building peace in their territories for years already. With their IAF grants, they have created local development plans, raised awareness about human rights, prevented violence, and promoted economic development. But as peace negotiations progressed, they also wanted to engage strategically with the peace process—to participate in local and national conversations about Colombia’s future.
As Colombia’s post-conflict period approached, we offered our grantee partners the chance to convene, discuss, and decide on their next steps as they looked for constructive ways to build peace in their communities.
We selected organizations from among current and past partners to receive small grants that responded to their needs relative to the peace process and to the post-conflict period.
On this page, we share some examples of how our grantees are making their voices heard as they build peace.