Asociación para el Desarrollo Campesino

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Public Statement 2016

Title Countryside for Peace: A Communications Strategy
Type of organization Non-governmental organization
Country Colombia
Duration  One year
IAF Funding   $50,000
Counterpart Committed $38,957
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 50 community radios, 30 farmer organizations
Indirect: 320 municipalities
Primary program areas Education/training

Organization
The Asociación para el Desarrollo Campesino (ADC), is a community-based non-governmental organization which began activities in 1980 and obtained its legal status in 1997 with the objective of improving the livelihoods of the rural inhabitants through sustainable development. As an umbrella organization, ADC is formed by members of four grassroots organizations with a presence in nine municipalities of the department of Nariño. Work has focused on four areas: (1) local governance; (2) food security and environmental conservation; (3) children and youth; and (4) dissemination and networks. ADC is governed by a coordinating committee made up of representatives from each of the member organizations, Minga Gualmatán, Minga Asoyarcocha, Minga Asounificados and Minga Asorquídea, one representative of the technical team of ADC and its executive director. The committee meets every two months to plan and evaluate the implementation of activities. The executive director is elected in the general assembly which is held every two years.

ADC has won numerous national awards and has been recognized for its work. In 1998 and 2012 it won the prestigious solidarity award given by the Fundación Alejandro Angel Escobar. In 1998, 2003 and 2005 its environmental conservation work was recognized by the Fundación Cultural Correo del Sur and the World Wetland Network.

ADC’s supporters have included the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID), the International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (DVV), the Swedish Agency for International Cooperation (SIDA), the United Nations Program Environment Program (UNEP) and, the municipality of Pasto.

Project Description
ADC will produce a nation-wide community radio campaign and host a national event, “Disoñando un Campo para la Paz” to highlight and promote the successes of farmer organizations and their work towards peace-building in the country at the community level, and provide a space to create alliances amongst farmer organizations and community media. The project will directly benefit 50 community radios and 30 farmer organizations and indirectly reach people living in 320 municipalities across Colombia across Colombia.

Rationale for Funding
Grassroots organizations and nongovernmental organizations 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 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 towards national reconciliation. These grants will also help the Foundation to learn how to more effectively respond at scale to challenging opportunities such as the peace process in Colombia.