Peace-Building in Colombia


Following decades of conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombian people now face an unprecedented opportunity to build lasting peace.

A couple of years ago at the IAF, we began to explore the implications of peace negotiations for our grantee partners in Colombia and for the IAF as a funder. How could the IAF support its grantee partners in the context of the peace process? Was there something that we should be doing differently? What are the needs of our grantee partners in this new context? 

As the process moves forward, civil society leaders will open new decision-making spaces at local, regional and national levels. It is important for our grantee partners to prepare and gain knowledge of the accords in order to engage in the process in a timely fashion. 

What is peace-building?

Peace-building: As Colombian society begins to build a new peace narrative, peace-building will include activities that contribute to building trust, relationships of mutual support, and constructive ways for improving people’s lives and resolving conflict.

How we support the peace process 

We already contribute to peace-building through our grants. Our grantee partners participate in creating local development plans, raising awareness on human rights, gaining skills for the prevention of violence and finding economic alternatives. 

Now that the time for peace-building in Colombia is imminent, we have a time-sensitive opportunity to offer our grantee partners the chance to convene, discuss and decide on their next steps as they look for constructive ways to participate in peace-building in their communities.

Peace-building begins at the local level, and our grantee partners are part of the solution. Their voices should be heard.

A network of 18 organizations in Colombia building peace together

 Click on each project to see summary /Haga click en cada proyecto para ver resumen 



IAF commitment:
Counterpart value:  $330,332 
Total investment: $994,286

Asociación para el Desarrollo Campesino (ADC) will produce a nation-wide community radio campaign and host a national event to highlight and promote the successes of farmer organizations and their work toward peace-building in the country at the community level. It will also create alliances among farmer organizations and community media. The project will directly benefit 50 community radio stations and 30 farmer organizations and indirectly reach people living in 320 municipalities across Colombia.

Empresa Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca (Cosurca) will carry out workshops, general assemblies and participatory research to engage residents in the creation of three community museums focusing on the history of the conflict and how to begin the healing process. Cosurca will also facilitate communication among member organizations and update its institutional work plan to enhance peace in the region. The project will directly benefit 8,400 participants of 18 member organizations.

Fundación para el Etnodesarrollo de los Llanos Orientales de Colombia (Etnollano) will work with members of indigenous communities located in the municipalities of Puerto Carreño, Paz de Ariporo and Hato Corozal in the departments of Vichada and Casanare. It will strengthen governance and the environmental sustainability of indigenous territories through visits to their communities, workshops, meetings with local government officials and the production of audio-visual materials and publications. The project will reach 4,500 people directly and 25,000 inhabitants of non-indigenous communities.

Cabildo Indígena del Resguardo de Guambia (Guambia) will convene a series of meetings and workshops in 19 cabildos (indigenous associations) to discuss and analyze the ongoing peace negotiations and, through a participatory process, create a post conflict strategy for the Guambiano indigenous communities. The project will directly benefit 200 persons, and will indirectly benefit 26,000 indigenous community members.

Corporación Buen Ambiente (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. They will also produce and disseminate television programs. The project will directly benefit 420 people and indirectly reach another 5,000 residents of Santander.

Fundación Hijos de la Sierra Flor (Hijos de la Sierra Flor) will work with indigenous and Afro-Colombian women’s groups in five municipalities of the department of Sucre to promote dialogue on reconciliation. They will offer tools and methodologies for community peace-building initiatives and to recognize ancestral practices for conflict resolution and rebuilding trust. The project will directly benefit 195 women and indirectly benefit an additional 1,500 family members and residents of the five municipalities.

Red Departamental de Mujeres Chocoanas (Red Departamental) will strengthen the leadership skills of 60 women in 30 municipalities in the department of Chocó to enable them to educate others about the peace accords and support processes of reconciliation in their communities. The project will directly benefit 60 indigenous and Afro-Colombian women leaders and indirectly reach an additional 360 women.

Transparencia por Colombia (Transparencia) will convene grassroots organizations and local authorities in three municipalities in the department of Chocó to assess local residents’ capacity to monitor activities of municipal and departmental development plans. Transparencia will carry out workshops and community meetings and produce and disseminate a user-friendly tool for strengthening their oversight capacity. The project will directly benefit 80 people and indirectly reach another 100 residents of the department of Chocó.

Fundación Gaia Amazonas (GAIA) will work with three organizations, which represent 40 local indigenous communities located in the department of Vaupes, to prepare them to actively participate in peace-building activities through workshops and meetings with government officials. The project will reach 30 people directly and 2,385 community members indirectly.

Fundación Sumapaz (Sumapaz) will work with community-based organizations in northeast Medellín to create an urban peace agenda. Sumapaz expects that by using a participatory approach to construct a common agenda, grassroots organizations will be better prepared to negotiate with local officials and propose peace projects in their communities. Sumapaz will disseminate the peace agenda through a publicity campaign. The project will directly benefit 40 community leaders and 180 members of about 12 community-based organizations; it will indirectly impact the residents of the four sections (comunas) of northeast Medellín.

Corporación Taller Promoción Popular y Alternativas de Desarrollo (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.

Corporación Caribe Afirmativo (Caribe Afirmativo) will strengthen the skills of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population leaders and organizations in seven municipalities of Colombia’s Caribbean region to better advocate for a gender focus in the peace-building process. The project will directly benefit at least 70 leaders of LGBT organizations and indirectly benefit an additional 12 organizations and public officials — approximately 1,000 people — in Colombia’s Caribbean region.

Centro de Investigacion y Educacion Popular (CINEP) will support peace-building efforts at the grassroots level through applied research with a select group of 16 Inter-American Foundation (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 reach 1,600 people indirectly.

Junta de Acción Comunal Vereda Cumbarco (JAC Cumbarco) will promote a culture of citizenship and peace in Cumbarco, municipality of Sevilla, Valle del Cauca, among families, schools and the community. The project will reach 170 students and their families, teachers and members of grassroots organizations and indirectly reach an additional 340 residents of Cumbarco.

Fundación Mujer y Futuro (FMF) will contribute to peace-building in the city of Bucaramanga. FMF will use a hands-on methodology to train 30 women leaders in how to promote a culture of peace from a gender perspective, which recognizes the differential role of women as peace builders and as victims of the conflict. The project will directly benefit 30 women leaders of community organizations and local action committees (juntas de acción local) and indirectly reach an additional 600 people.

Fundación Natura (Natura) will work with members of five regional indigenous organizations to strengthen governance and the environmental sustainability of indigenous territories through the creation of a development and peace strategy for the department of Vaupés in the Colombian Amazon. Activities will include local and regional workshops, meetings with local government officials, and the production of audio-visual materials and publications. The project will reach 300 direct beneficiaries and 5,000 inhabitants of 54 indigenous communities.

Corporación Socio-Ecológica para el Futuro de Bolívar (Ecofuturo) will create spaces for women living in the rural municipality of Bolívar to reaffirm their own value as peace builders, recognize and strengthen their contributions to the rural economy, learn about their rights and obligations and avail themselves of public programs created for their benefit. The project will directly benefit 30 rural women who live in the areas around the municipality of Bolívar and indirectly benefit an additional 90 family members.

Corporacion Consorcio para el Desarrollo Comunitario (Consorcio) will provide small grants, training and other support to grassroots organizations for projects undertaken in collaboration with local-level government and other partners. They will participate in workshops and conferences on grassroots development with other members of the Inter-American Network of Corporate Foundations and Actions for Grassroots Development (RedEAmérica).