Grants for grassroots development in Uruguay
Zona América, Mundo Afro, Endeavor
May 21, 2004
|From left: Gabriela Boyer,
IAF, Francisco Ravecca, Endeavor Uruguay, Nestor Silva,
Mundo Afro, Fernando Castellanos, Zona América, and
Oliver Griffith, Political Economic Officer.
||Assistant PAO Melissa Martinez
opens the press conference.
The Inter-American Foundation held a press
conference Friday (May 21) in Montevideo to announce grants
approved for three organizations in Uruguay: Endeavor Uruguay,
Mundo Afro, and Fundacion Zona América.
“The IAF funds innovative, sustainable self-help programs
proposed by groups that support them,” said Gabriela
Boyer, an IAF representative who spoke at the press conference.
Speaking alongside representatives of the three Uruguayan
grassroots organizations, Boyer added, “IAF is funding
three different programs with three different objectives
but who all have fulfilled the spirit of the IAF.”
Endeavor Uruguay was awarded a two-year grant to expand
its program of identifying, selecting and supporting entrepreneurs
to include low-income and marginalized producers. Endeavor
will also take the lead in fostering corporate social responsibility
(CSR) in the Uruguayan business community through a series
Mundo Afro received a two-year grant to develop a regional
network among communities of African descent in Uruguay,
Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The network will pioneer
social development programs focused on education, micro-enterprise
development, cultural preservation and project planning.
Mundo Afro will also inaugurate the Instituto Superior de
Formacion Afro, which will design curricula for pilot programs
as well as research, evaluate and disseminate best practices
for social development among communities of African descent.
Fundacion Zonamerica, founded in 2002 by Zonamerica Limited
y Bonacqua S.A., will, under a three-year cooperative agreement
with the IAF, match IAF's funding for self-help projects
involving information technology, as well as for research,
development, technology transfer, training and job creation,
for the benefit of low-income communities throughout Uruguay.
IAF grants to Uruguayan organizations now number 130; the
IAF's investment in Uruguay has totaled $17,051,000 over
The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) awarded $15,972,000
last year toward grassroots development in Latin America
and the Caribbean. Selecting from more than 1,000 responses
to its call for proposals, the IAF selected 64 for grants
lasting from one to five years.
The Inter-American Foundation, a foreign assistance agency
of the United States government, responds to innovative,
participatory and sustainable self-help development projects
proposed by grassroots groups in Latin America and the Caribbean
and the organizations that support them. Since beginning
operations in 1972, the IAF has made 4,464 grants for more
than $557 million. Together, the IAF and its grantees have
worked to better the conditions of hundreds of thousands
of poor families in communities throughout the hemisphere.
For more on the IAF, log onto http://www.iaf.gov/index/index_en.asp