Welcome to Foundations for Peace!


As activist funders, we believe…

that in societies living in a constant state of war or threat of war, religious or caste conflict or who are at the early stages of recovery from violent conflict, people face hurt, anger and pain with feelings of betrayal, disempowerment and loss of both place and voice. Without direct support and resources, they find it difficult to build relationships based on trust, respect and pluralism.

We believe that it is imperative that philanthropic efforts and development funding, both national and international, take cognisance of this and invest more – strategically and substantially – in long-term indigenous peace building work.

It is our view that sustainable peace building work must build from within affected communities, societies or countries in order for it to be sensitive to local needs, effective and progressive and more durable in the longer-term.

We believe that activist funders who are local foundations are well placed to play a constructive and vital role in delivering local peace building and social justice programmes, whether in partnership with other stakeholder funders or enabled to do so through support from philanthropy or development sources.

Foundations for Peace is a network of 10 local foundations across the globe who are rooted in their country’s contexts, supporting community activists at local level over the long term to open up space for the growth of civil society, to develop a new narrative, and to work on conflict transformation initiatives to deliver peace. Its values are based on respect for all identities and included are diverse voices and people who are often marginalized or demonised.

Our added value is local knowledge, direct access to affected communities and the potential to provide the ‘bridge’ necessary to build relationships and work towards building equality, diversity and inter-dependence.

Our network, therefore, works as a collective to raise awareness of the need for investment in indigenous peace building work by a range of local and international stakeholders. We also create space to learn from each other and share good practice in peacebuilding and social justice work to enable this essential work to be delivered at local level.


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Who we are

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We are a global network of independent, non-partisan local funders working to build peace and social justice within our respective communities, societies and countries. As a result of support from a Special European Union Peace Programme grant to the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland in 2003, the Network was founded and began to build. It has ten active members across the world and enjoys support from a range of associated members and critical friends.

Formally launched in the UN Church’s Centre in New York in 2006, much work and shared learning has developed and, in 2016, to celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we intend to bring into our fold many more activist foundations/funders from across the world to work with us and to learn from each other. We will continue to target regions and countries entrenched in communal and other conflicts.

Foundations for Peace (FFP), strongly believes that conflicts cannot be resolved by violence, building peace is the only way forward to enable long term sustainable solutions.


Why FFP?

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Since the Second World War, there have been more conflicts within States than between States, and the numbers have increased alarmingly since 1989. These internal wars leave permanent and deep scars which are carried over the generations, isolating and alienating individuals and communities. They eventually become islands of hate. If the violence is erupting from within, the peace building also should emanate from within the community.

In the past ten years, the world has changed beyond recognition. Alongside serious problems such as rising inequality and climate change, war has become the new norm, and peace and security issues dominate much of the globe. Many democracies are faltering with a rising prevalence of failed states, conflicted or deeply divided societies and stalled development.

Studies show that, despite the best efforts of many organizations, the architecture surrounding development aid does not contribute to lasting peace in conflict-affected communities. Indeed, the aid system tends to undermine the autonomy of local activism, which is essential to transforming conflicts.

It is in this situation that independent indigenous foundations, who understand local dynamics and are sensitive to political nuances, play a crucial role in providing resources for building bridges. It is FFP’s conviction that for any development to happen, peace building should be the starting point.


Need for the FFP Network

There is a need for our global network because, while peace building is essentially local, our efforts benefit enormously from transnational perspectives and experience.

Foundations for Peace is a legally registered Charity in Northern Ireland with capacity to operate on an international basis.

Current Members

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CNFI), established 1979, is an independent grant-making organization working in Northern Ireland and beyond. Its aim is to drive social change and build peace by tackling exclusion, poverty and social injustice through funding and supporting community-based action and influencing policy development.

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Foundacion AlvarAlice in a non-profit Foundation established in 2003 in Cali, Colombia, by the siblings of the Alvaro Garces Giraldo and Alice Echavarria Olozaga to honour their parents philanthropic spirit and commitment to Colombia’s social development.

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The Dalit Foundation’s mission, vision and programme objectives focus exclusively on the empowerment of Dalit communities. It is committed to support individuals, community-based organisations, and networks that work to secure social change and protect the rights of Dalits.

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The Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust (NTT) is an indigenous philanthropic grant-making organization with a vision to establish and protect a just, equitable and peaceful Sri Lanken society.

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The Dalia Association was established in 2007 by members of the Palestinian community from the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, Israel, and the Diaspora with the aim of realising the rights of Palestinians to control their resources and sustain their own development for generations to come.

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Tewa’s philosophy is to develop modern philanthropy, both in terms of minimizing social costs incurred in rapid transition, for self-reliant development that is not donor dependent, and for the empowerment of emerging groups of rural women in Nepal.

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Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), is a non-government national organization supporting human rights and governance initiatives in Bangladesh. MJF provides funding and capacity building support to more than 240 organizations all over Bangladesh. It is also involved with partners to support national advocacy efforts that have set the agenda for human rights and governance policy-making in favour of the marginalized and excluded groups.

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Reconstruction Women’s Fund is the only local women’s foundation in Serbia. The Mission of RWF is to support and sustain feminist political platform against war, nationalism, racism, militarism, all kinds of discrimination and violence against women.

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TASO Foundation (TF) is the national women’s fund transformed from the Women’s Program of Open Society Georgia Foundation (1998-2006). Since 2007, TF operates independently with the mission Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment for Human Rights, Equality, Social Justice and Peace in Georgia.

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Indonesia for Humanity was established in 1995 and known as Indonesia Social Foundation for Humanity in the past. Our aim is to support civil society initiatives for justice, democracy and human rights in Indonesia.

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