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Inter-American Foundation The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is a nimble and transformative U.S. government agency that inves We directly engage local leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in underserved areas of Latin America and the Caribbean to create more prosperous, peaceful, and democratic communities.

Our active portfolio includes more than 330 projects in 26 countries. Our model prioritizes strengthening organizations and mobilizing local funding sources for sustainability and impact. For official information on the Inter-American Foundation, visit us at www.iaf.gov
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Our active portfolio includes more than 330 projects in 26 countries. Our model prioritizes strengthening organizations and mobilizing local funding sources for sustainability and impact. For official information on the Inter-American Foundation, visit us at www.iaf.gov
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Today is #AntiCorruptionDay + Day 1 of the #SummitforDemocracy. Our grantee Transparencia por Colombia is promoting gove...
12/09/2021

Today is #AntiCorruptionDay + Day 1 of the #SummitforDemocracy. Our grantee Transparencia por Colombia is promoting government transparency in Colombia by launching a “citizen anti-corruption school” in February 2022. This online platform will house tools for the public to fight corruption and support transparency.

Today is #AntiCorruptionDay + Day 1 of the #SummitforDemocracy. Our grantee Transparencia por Colombia is promoting government transparency in Colombia by launching a “citizen anti-corruption school” in February 2022. This online platform will house tools for the public to fight corruption and support transparency.

Belize’s urban centers, including the capital, frequently enter into states of emergency due to gang-related crime and v...
12/08/2021

Belize’s urban centers, including the capital, frequently enter into states of emergency due to gang-related crime and violence. Love Foundation Belize works in marginalized, vulnerable, communities affected by gang violence in Belize. With funding from the IAF and other donors, the Love Foundation has catalyzed change by creating community hubs in six areas marked by violence, where vulnerable community members can learn new skills to generate income and get support to launch businesses. Explore the Foundation’s work: https://www.iaf.gov/content/story-map/community-based-approaches-to-chronic-violence

Belize’s urban centers, including the capital, frequently enter into states of emergency due to gang-related crime and violence. Love Foundation Belize works in marginalized, vulnerable, communities affected by gang violence in Belize. With funding from the IAF and other donors, the Love Foundation has catalyzed change by creating community hubs in six areas marked by violence, where vulnerable community members can learn new skills to generate income and get support to launch businesses. Explore the Foundation’s work: https://www.iaf.gov/content/story-map/community-based-approaches-to-chronic-violence

Community-based tourism seeks to give communities full ownership of the benefits and impacts of hosting tourists. Explor...
12/07/2021
Community-Based Tourism

Community-based tourism seeks to give communities full ownership of the benefits and impacts of hosting tourists. Explore how IAF-supported organizations across the region are harnessing tourism for positive change with our community-based tourism story map: https://www.iaf.gov/content/story-map/community-based-tourism/

• IAF-supported organizations across Latin America and the Caribbean are harnessing tourism for positive change.

Many IAF grantees and the communities they serve across the region have been affected by chronic violence, including rob...
12/03/2021
Community-Based Approaches to Chronic Violence

Many IAF grantees and the communities they serve across the region have been affected by chronic violence, including robbery, drug trafficking, domestic violence, extortion, and kidnapping. Trauma from these violent acts often inhibits people from engaging actively as citizens and community leaders. Our latest story map highlights six grantees—Love Foundation, Pro-Busqueda, Fight for Peace Jamaica, UTCE, and Pro-Dialogo—using innovative strategies to create a more peaceful, productive region. Explore: https://www.iaf.gov/content/story-map/community-based-approaches-to-chronic-violence/

• Meet five IAF grantees taking multi-layered approaches to prevent violence and create a more peaceful, productive region.

New bulletin! | Building Peace and Preventing Violence - We support and invest in community organizations carrying out t...
11/30/2021

New bulletin! | Building Peace and Preventing Violence - We support and invest in community organizations carrying out the daily work of preventing violence and building resilience in places where rates of violent crime are among the highest in the world. https://mailchi.mp/3850e23d836a/partnering-with-indigenous-communities-for-inclusive-growth-13800823

New bulletin! | Building Peace and Preventing Violence - We support and invest in community organizations carrying out the daily work of preventing violence and building resilience in places where rates of violent crime are among the highest in the world. https://mailchi.mp/3850e23d836a/partnering-with-indigenous-communities-for-inclusive-growth-13800823

Photo Essay | Haiti’s rural and remote communities are full of dedicated leaders from local organizations that understan...
11/30/2021
Haiti Story

Photo Essay | Haiti’s rural and remote communities are full of dedicated leaders from local organizations that understand their communities’ needs and can mobilize members. The IAF is committed to supporting and collaborating with them as they work to rebuild. https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/fd1842f091814b0ca5bd79b3982bb50a

A photo essay by photographer Keziah Jean as she documents stories of resilience and community support from IAF grantees.

In the city of Bilwi, Nicaragua, and surrounding rural areas, Indigenous women are particularly vulnerable to gender-bas...
11/25/2021

In the city of Bilwi, Nicaragua, and surrounding rural areas, Indigenous women are particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence. However, judges with the authority to mediate and resolve disputes in Indigenous communities are often unfamiliar with laws governing this type of violence. IAF grantee partner Asociación Movimiento de Mujeres Nidia White works to address these shortcomings. Using IAF funds, Nidia White started a program that trains local Indigenous judges, or “wihtas,” to apply these laws to cases of gender-based violence. During COVID-19, Nidia has met the needs of its participants by referring judges to local law enforcement as necessary, purchasing equipment to improve communications with their participants, and contracting a lawyer to give virtual counseling. #EndViolence #InternationalDayForTheEliminationOfViolenceAgainstWomen

In the city of Bilwi, Nicaragua, and surrounding rural areas, Indigenous women are particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence. However, judges with the authority to mediate and resolve disputes in Indigenous communities are often unfamiliar with laws governing this type of violence. IAF grantee partner Asociación Movimiento de Mujeres Nidia White works to address these shortcomings. Using IAF funds, Nidia White started a program that trains local Indigenous judges, or “wihtas,” to apply these laws to cases of gender-based violence. During COVID-19, Nidia has met the needs of its participants by referring judges to local law enforcement as necessary, purchasing equipment to improve communications with their participants, and contracting a lawyer to give virtual counseling. #EndViolence #InternationalDayForTheEliminationOfViolenceAgainstWomen

Reports of gender-based violence in Peru increased 130% in 2020 during the pandemic. Women’s association Asociación Peru...
11/25/2021

Reports of gender-based violence in Peru increased 130% in 2020 during the pandemic. Women’s association Asociación Peruana Mujer y Familia (APMF) has used its IAF funding to work with grassroots organizations, community members, and public officials to combat and prevent violence and to secure survivors’ access to basic protections, care, and remedies, including by:

✅ Training officers from 11 police stations and 639 neighborhood groups on responding effectively to domestic violence.
✅ Launching the first telemedicine service for Peruvian and migrant women in metropolitan Lima, through which they attended 204 calls with trained professional health assistance and legal counseling.
✅ Reaching 30,930 families through door-to-door outreach with information about what to do in cases of violence.

Thank you, APMF, for your work to #EndViolence!

#EndViolenceDay #InternationalDayForTheEliminationOfViolenceAgainstWomen

In the aftermath of the devastation caused by the August 14 earthquake, Haitians across the country have banded together...
11/24/2021

In the aftermath of the devastation caused by the August 14 earthquake, Haitians across the country have banded together to support each other and provide humanitarian relief. Photographer Keziah Jean visited 4 current and former IAF grantees as they join forces to support relief efforts. Explore her photos: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/fd1842f091814b0ca5bd79b3982bb50a

In the aftermath of the devastation caused by the August 14 earthquake, Haitians across the country have banded together to support each other and provide humanitarian relief. Photographer Keziah Jean visited 4 current and former IAF grantees as they join forces to support relief efforts. Explore her photos: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/fd1842f091814b0ca5bd79b3982bb50a

This month for #MeetTheIAF we interview Grant Assistant Sara Vargas. Grant Assistants work closely with IAF Foundation R...
11/22/2021
Meet the IAF: Sara Vargas

This month for #MeetTheIAF we interview Grant Assistant Sara Vargas. Grant Assistants work closely with IAF Foundation Representatives and representatives of applicant and grantee organizations to ensure that IAF funding effectively catalyzes the innovative ideas of marginalized groups. Learn more about Sara and her role within the IAF: https://www.iaf.gov/content/story/meet-the-iaf-sara-vargas/ #GrassrootsDev

In Meet the IAF this month, we feature one of our Grant Assistants, Sara Vargas. Grant Assistants work closely with IAF Foundation Representatives and representatives of applicant and grantee organizations to ensure that IAF funding effectively catalyzes the innovative ideas of marginalized groups.....

Happy #WorldChildrensDay! Children and youth under age 25 represent ~40% of the population in Latin America and the Cari...
11/20/2021

Happy #WorldChildrensDay! Children and youth under age 25 represent ~40% of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean and suffer disproportionately from poverty. The poverty rate for children under 14 years old (47.2%) is higher than that of any other age group. Children and adolescents often lack adequate nutrition and access to job skills, health care, quality education, and the training to become fully productive adults.

At least 47% of IAF grants directly involve and benefit young people. Many grantees are working to create employment opportunities and teach children and adolescents skills that match the labor market and help them become engaged in community life.

Happy #WorldChildrensDay! Children and youth under age 25 represent ~40% of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean and suffer disproportionately from poverty. The poverty rate for children under 14 years old (47.2%) is higher than that of any other age group. Children and adolescents often lack adequate nutrition and access to job skills, health care, quality education, and the training to become fully productive adults.

At least 47% of IAF grants directly involve and benefit young people. Many grantees are working to create employment opportunities and teach children and adolescents skills that match the labor market and help them become engaged in community life.

At the IAF, we have a long history of investing in Indigenous communities to strengthen their ability to live sustainabl...
11/18/2021
Want to Protect Forests? Supporting Indigenous Groups Works

At the IAF, we have a long history of investing in Indigenous communities to strengthen their ability to live sustainably on their lands and forests. Two current grantees in Paraguay, FAPI and Oguasu, show how a grassroots approach to development has fostered successful approaches to forest governance. #SustainableForests #ForestManagement https://www.iaf.gov/content/story/want-to-protect-forests-supporting-indigenous-groups-works/

Forests house the world’s biodiversity. They regulate ecosystems and provide sustainable livelihoods for local communities—particularly Indigenous communities. Unfortunately, Latin America and the Caribbean has been rapidly losing its forests. For example, although Paraguay’s laws protect fore...

IAF grantee COSECHA, a farmers’ association in Honduras, has reached nearly 650 families to exchange best practices on f...
11/17/2021
Fostering Resilience in the Face of a Changing Climate | Feed the Future

IAF grantee COSECHA, a farmers’ association in Honduras, has reached nearly 650 families to exchange best practices on farmer-to-farmer training and improve the dynamics of working in families. Read more about COSECHA’s work via Feed the Future: https://www.feedthefuture.gov/article/fostering-resilience-and-sustainability-in-honduras/ #SustainableAgriculture #EndHunger

Ambitious agricultural practices in Honduras helped one community create long-term solutions in the wake of tragic natural disasters.

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula on August 14, 2021. The earthquake destroyed roads, houses, ...
11/15/2021

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula on August 14, 2021. The earthquake destroyed roads, houses, schools, and equipment, impacting more than 650,000 Haitians. Follow along as photographer Keziah Jean documents stories of resilience and community response among IAF grantees. https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/fd1842f091814b0ca5bd79b3982bb50a

Although Paraguay’s laws protect forests, almost 60% of its forests were destroyed between 2000 and 2016. The best hope ...
11/10/2021
Want to Protect Forests? Supporting Indigenous Groups Works

Although Paraguay’s laws protect forests, almost 60% of its forests were destroyed between 2000 and 2016. The best hope for keeping forest areas vibrant and healthy—like the Tekoha Guasu, the ancestral lands of the Indigenous Mbyá Guaraní—is to strengthen the Mbyá Guaraní’s ability to sustainably manage them. Learn more about IAF supporting Indigenous forestry management here: https://www.iaf.gov/content/story/want-to-protect-forests-supporting-indigenous-groups-works/ #ForestManagement #TekohaGuasu

Forests house the world’s biodiversity. They regulate ecosystems and provide sustainable livelihoods for local communities—particularly Indigenous communities. Unfortunately, Latin America and the Caribbean has been rapidly losing its forests. For example, although Paraguay’s laws protect fore...

Young farmer Thelma Flores did not believe she could make a living from farming after nearly a decade of drought in Hond...
11/09/2021
Fostering Resilience in the Face of a Changing Climate | Feed the Future

Young farmer Thelma Flores did not believe she could make a living from farming after nearly a decade of drought in Honduras. But then she learned techniques for keeping soil fertile in dry regions from IAF grantee COSECHA. “We see why previous harvests were poor, but today we use [sustainable] techniques in our work and we have good harvests,” Flores said.

Learn more about COSECHA in this feature from Feed the Future: https://www.feedthefuture.gov/article/fostering-resilience-and-sustainability-in-honduras/ #SustainableAgriculture #EndHunger

Ambitious agricultural practices in Honduras helped one community create long-term solutions in the wake of tragic natural disasters.

New Bulletin | Partnering with Indigenous Communities for Inclusive Growth - Approximately 42 million people belong to o...
11/01/2021

New Bulletin | Partnering with Indigenous Communities for Inclusive Growth - Approximately 42 million people belong to over 800 Indigenous groups in Latin America and the Caribbean. Despite the richness of local knowledge and practices, these groups face many socioeconomic challenges. Nearly one-third of active IAF grants support Indigenous groups, building their capacity to drive economic development while preserving cultural heritage. https://mailchi.mp/beb65f23e56b/partnering-with-indigenous-communities-for-inclusive-growth

New Bulletin | Partnering with Indigenous Communities for Inclusive Growth - Approximately 42 million people belong to over 800 Indigenous groups in Latin America and the Caribbean. Despite the richness of local knowledge and practices, these groups face many socioeconomic challenges. Nearly one-third of active IAF grants support Indigenous groups, building their capacity to drive economic development while preserving cultural heritage. https://mailchi.mp/beb65f23e56b/partnering-with-indigenous-communities-for-inclusive-growth

In the heart of Central America's dry corridor, IAF grantee COSECHA trains farmers in innovative + sustainable technique...
10/29/2021

In the heart of Central America's dry corridor, IAF grantee COSECHA trains farmers in innovative + sustainable techniques, making small-scale agriculture a viable livelihood for families + young people like Josué. https://www.iaf.gov/content/story/cosecha-making-sustainable-farming-a-viable-livelihood/ #EndHunger Feed the Future

In the heart of Central America's dry corridor, IAF grantee COSECHA trains farmers in innovative + sustainable techniques, making small-scale agriculture a viable livelihood for families + young people like Josué. https://www.iaf.gov/content/story/cosecha-making-sustainable-farming-a-viable-livelihood/ #EndHunger Feed the Future

To #EndHunger in Guatemala, grantee Utz Che'—a network of 40+ Indigenous, community, and farmers’ associations—has train...
10/28/2021

To #EndHunger in Guatemala, grantee Utz Che'—a network of 40+ Indigenous, community, and farmers’ associations—has trained 750+ Guatemalan farmers in sustainable agricultural techniques like collecting native seeds, adopting natural insect repellents and biofertilizers, and harvesting rainwater. Feed the Future

To #EndHunger in Guatemala, grantee Utz Che'—a network of 40+ Indigenous, community, and farmers’ associations—has trained 750+ Guatemalan farmers in sustainable agricultural techniques like collecting native seeds, adopting natural insect repellents and biofertilizers, and harvesting rainwater. Feed the Future

IAF grantee COSECHA is a farmers’ association that has reached 600+ families in 16 communities in the department of Fran...
10/27/2021

IAF grantee COSECHA is a farmers’ association that has reached 600+ families in 16 communities in the department of Francisco Morazán, Honduras, with training on household gardening, nutrition, and innovative water management techniques. COSECHA has also adapted traditional recipes to incorporate fruits and vegetables that farmers now grow in their gardens. As a result, community residents like Thelma Flores consume a more diverse and nutritious diet and can access much-needed water over the entire year. #EndHunger https://www.iaf.gov/content/story/cosecha-making-sustainable-farming-a-viable-livelihood/

IAF grantee COSECHA is a farmers’ association that has reached 600+ families in 16 communities in the department of Francisco Morazán, Honduras, with training on household gardening, nutrition, and innovative water management techniques. COSECHA has also adapted traditional recipes to incorporate fruits and vegetables that farmers now grow in their gardens. As a result, community residents like Thelma Flores consume a more diverse and nutritious diet and can access much-needed water over the entire year. #EndHunger https://www.iaf.gov/content/story/cosecha-making-sustainable-farming-a-viable-livelihood/

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New bulletin! | Building Peace and Preventing Violence - We support and invest in community organizations carrying out the daily work of preventing violence and building resilience in places where rates of violent crime are among the highest in the world. https://mailchi.mp/3850e23d836a/partnering-with-indigenous-communities-for-inclusive-growth-13800823
Photo Essay | Haiti’s rural and remote communities are full of dedicated leaders from local organizations that understand their communities’ needs and can mobilize members. The IAF is committed to supporting and collaborating with them as they work to rebuild. https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/fd1842f091814b0ca5bd79b3982bb50a
In the city of Bilwi, Nicaragua, and surrounding rural areas, Indigenous women are particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence. However, judges with the authority to mediate and resolve disputes in Indigenous communities are often unfamiliar with laws governing this type of violence. IAF grantee partner Asociación Movimiento de Mujeres Nidia White works to address these shortcomings. Using IAF funds, Nidia White started a program that trains local Indigenous judges, or “wihtas,” to apply these laws to cases of gender-based violence. During COVID-19, Nidia has met the needs of its participants by referring judges to local law enforcement as necessary, purchasing equipment to improve communications with their participants, and contracting a lawyer to give virtual counseling. #EndViolence #InternationalDayForTheEliminationOfViolenceAgainstWomen
Reports of gender-based violence in Peru increased 130% in 2020 during the pandemic. Women’s association Asociación Peruana Mujer y Familia (APMF) has used its IAF funding to work with grassroots organizations, community members, and public officials to combat and prevent violence and to secure survivors’ access to basic protections, care, and remedies, including by: ✅ Training officers from 11 police stations and 639 neighborhood groups on responding effectively to domestic violence. ✅ Launching the first telemedicine service for Peruvian and migrant women in metropolitan Lima, through which they attended 204 calls with trained professional health assistance and legal counseling. ✅ Reaching 30,930 families through door-to-door outreach with information about what to do in cases of violence. Thank you, APMF, for your work to #EndViolence! #EndViolenceDay #InternationalDayForTheEliminationOfViolenceAgainstWomen
In the aftermath of the devastation caused by the August 14 earthquake, Haitians across the country have banded together to support each other and provide humanitarian relief. Photographer Keziah Jean visited 4 current and former IAF grantees as they join forces to support relief efforts. Explore her photos: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/fd1842f091814b0ca5bd79b3982bb50a
This month for #MeetTheIAF we interview Grant Assistant Sara Vargas. Grant Assistants work closely with IAF Foundation Representatives and representatives of applicant and grantee organizations to ensure that IAF funding effectively catalyzes the innovative ideas of marginalized groups. Learn more about Sara and her role within the IAF: https://www.iaf.gov/content/story/meet-the-iaf-sara-vargas/ #GrassrootsDev
Happy #WorldChildrensDay! Children and youth under age 25 represent ~40% of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean and suffer disproportionately from poverty. The poverty rate for children under 14 years old (47.2%) is higher than that of any other age group. Children and adolescents often lack adequate nutrition and access to job skills, health care, quality education, and the training to become fully productive adults. At least 47% of IAF grants directly involve and benefit young people. Many grantees are working to create employment opportunities and teach children and adolescents skills that match the labor market and help them become engaged in community life.
At the IAF, we have a long history of investing in Indigenous communities to strengthen their ability to live sustainably on their lands and forests. Two current grantees in Paraguay, FAPI and Oguasu, show how a grassroots approach to development has fostered successful approaches to forest governance. #SustainableForests #ForestManagement https://www.iaf.gov/content/story/want-to-protect-forests-supporting-indigenous-groups-works/
IAF grantee COSECHA, a farmers’ association in Honduras, has reached nearly 650 families to exchange best practices on farmer-to-farmer training and improve the dynamics of working in families. Read more about COSECHA’s work via Feed the Future: https://www.feedthefuture.gov/article/fostering-resilience-and-sustainability-in-honduras/ #SustainableAgriculture #EndHunger
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula on August 14, 2021. The earthquake destroyed roads, houses, schools, and equipment, impacting more than 650,000 Haitians. Follow along as photographer Keziah Jean documents stories of resilience and community response among IAF grantees. https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/fd1842f091814b0ca5bd79b3982bb50a
Although Paraguay’s laws protect forests, almost 60% of its forests were destroyed between 2000 and 2016. The best hope for keeping forest areas vibrant and healthy—like the Tekoha Guasu, the ancestral lands of the Indigenous Mbyá Guaraní—is to strengthen the Mbyá Guaraní’s ability to sustainably manage them. Learn more about IAF supporting Indigenous forestry management here: https://www.iaf.gov/content/story/want-to-protect-forests-supporting-indigenous-groups-works/ #ForestManagement #TekohaGuasu
Young farmer Thelma Flores did not believe she could make a living from farming after nearly a decade of drought in Honduras. But then she learned techniques for keeping soil fertile in dry regions from IAF grantee COSECHA. “We see why previous harvests were poor, but today we use [sustainable] techniques in our work and we have good harvests,” Flores said. Learn more about COSECHA in this feature from Feed the Future: https://www.feedthefuture.gov/article/fostering-resilience-and-sustainability-in-honduras/ #SustainableAgriculture #EndHunger