Promoting knowledge sharing among foundations in Colombia

Promoting knowledge sharing among foundations in Colombia

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The Association of Corporate and Family Foundations (AFE) in Colombia was created on March 2008 by 9 family and corporate foundations. Today, AFE gathers 74 of the most relevant corporate and family foundations in Colombia.   AFE acts as the ambassador of its members, promoting and encouraging the coordination, cooperation, social innovation, transparency and the sharing of good practices and knowledge among members and, government and other civil society actors. AFE aims to achieve greater impact through the social interventions of its members to contribute to social equity and a sustainable peace development in Colombia. AFE developed an online geo-referenced database MAP, powered by Google Technology that consolidates complete information of AFE Foundations, promoting knowledge management among peers and other key social players.

Partnerships for the Goals , Strengthen domestic resource mobilization , Enhance cooperation on science, technology, innovation , Promote learning on environmentally sound technologies , Operationalize mechanism on technology, innovation, capacity-building , Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development , Enhance global sustainable development partnerships , Encourage, promote public, private, civil society partnerships , Support increase of high-quality, timely data , Support sustainable development progress measures, statistical capacity

The main challenge that drove AFE to create is interactive map was the lack of information and data that exists about the role of the national philanthropic sector in Colombia. An important challenge we assumed was to foster interest from our 74 member foundations in sharing strategic information about their projects, in order to consolidate this information in one single map of public access.

Given the context of the international development agenda with the inception of SDGs, the map also confronted the challenge of becoming a mechanism that could promote knowledge and awareness of the SDGs to the AFE Foundations.

The Association of Corporate and Family Foundations gathers 74 member foundations working in different areas throughout the country. In its role of connecting, communicating and advocating AFE identified the geo-referenced MAP as an opportunity to give more visibility to the work of its foundations with the intention to promote new partnership among them and other stakeholders. 
The MAP is an interactive tool that offers updated data to identify synergies and promote partnerships. It is a repository of information, with the aim to strengthen transparency, accountability and sharing of information with other collective maps, it shows AFE Foundation's consolidated information to reflect the trends of philanthropy, and social private investment, and finally, it can be appropriated in the web-pages of the associate foundations where they can customize it, manage their own projects and include their own indicators. Today AFE has data of more than 1.500 projects that are being implemented by foundations in Colombia. In addition, foundation activities are categorised and filtered by the SDGs. 

The SDGs filters was seen as an opportunity to give the map a global language that could strengthen the impact specifically with international actors who are interested either in entering to work in Colombia or are researching new ways to map data around the 2030 agenda.
The Map feeds other interactive platforms such as the Social Map of the Colombian government, while also providing information and data to the Foundation Center under the partnership taking place in the SDG philanthropy Platform, where Colombia is a pilot country and AFE the local partner of the SDG philanthropy platform.


AFE and its 74 member Foundations


Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Sri Lanka

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Sri Lanka

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The Human and Environment Development Organization (HEDO) is an NGO based in Sri Lanka that focuses on minimizing CO2 emissions which are produced during conventional rubber production process. In particular, HEDO established five energy efficient rubber drying houses fueled by waste sawdust. The new procedure drastically reduced the vast amount of greenhouse gases emitted in the transformation process and enabled the smallholders to produce a high-quality rubber sheet, resulting in extra income. The project also utilized rubber wastewater as a source of bio-gas, converting this environmental hazard into profit.

Decent Work and Economic Growth , Responsible Consumption and Production , Life on Land , Life below Water , Climate Action

Rubber is the second most important plantation crop in Sri Lanka and rubber plantations make up about 12% of the forest cover of the island. Despite its importance in creating employment, the rubber industry is often associated with a number of environmental problems, mainly greenhouse emissions, logging for firewood, and water pollution. In particular, waste water emitted from conventional small scale rubber smokehouses emit greenhouse gases and pollute nearby water bodies and open land. Needless to say, this is a serious threat to the area's biodiversity.

The innovative model for the rubber-drying houses was developed based on a project initiated by the Rubber Research Department of Sri Lanka. To prevent logging deforestation, HEDO introduced the energy-efficient smokehouses operated by sawdust waste instead of firewood. The five smokehouses were constructed far from river banks or open-burning areas.

The use of sawdust reduced the use of firewood coming from the small forest patches in the surrounding areas. As a result, the amount of greenhouse gases emitted in the production process by the combustion of firewood was drastically reduced. Furthermore, these efficient drying-houses enabled the beneficiaries to obtain higher quality rubber sheets which resulted in higher incomes.

The project is supported by the United Nations Development Programme Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme. The innovative technology resulted in decreased CO2 emissions and water pollution thanks to efficient control and reuse. This model is now widely accepted and used by the community due to its energy efficiency and high-quality performance. Moreover, health improvements have been achieved as the new smoke-houses permit rubber trays to be taken out, diminishing the amount of toxic fumes inhaled by workers.

Due to the success of the initiative, the project was scaled-up to the national level.

Sri Lanka

The project received the assistance and support from Rubber Department of Kegalle district and Rubber Research Institute to introduce the latest technology related to the industry.

Human and Environment Development Organization (HEDO)

Promoting climate-resilient farming models for women farmers in India

Promoting climate-resilient farming models for women farmers in India

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The Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) is a women-led, climate resilient agro-ecological farming model that focuses on land and soil restoration, livelihood security enhancement and women farmers’ empowerment. In particular, this organization focuses on women living in farmer households and mainstreams them as agents of sustainable farming. This model encourages these women to gain cultivation rights from their families, cultivate the land and sell its produce. Swayam Shikshan Prayog empowers grassroots women’s collectives to move from “Margin to Mainstream”. Over two decades, we have built robust partnership eco-systems that enable women’s entrepreneurship and leadership in sustainable development. Climate resilience farming model repositions women as farmers and bearers of the knowledge, enabling them to make informed decisions related to what to grow, what to consume and how much to sell.

No Poverty , Zero Hunger , Climate Action , Life on Land , Good Health and Well-Being , Gender Equality , Build resilience of vulnerable to climate disasters , Ensure women’s equal rights to resources, inheritance , Eradicate extreme poverty , End hunger, especially of poor, vulnerable, infants , End malnutrition, especially in children, women, elders , Ensure sustainable, climate-resilient food systems , End preventable newborn and child deaths , Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards , Improve learning, capacity on climate change measures

In the climate-threatened regions of Maharashtra in India, marginal farmers grow mostly cash crops like soya and cotton - which require substantial water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, causing long-term harm to the land, health and environment. In order to address this challenge, Swayam Shikshan Prayog promotes nutrient-enriched crops, such as vegetables, pulses, cereals, millets, and sensitizes women and girls on the importance of nutritious food consuming. The organization targets marginalized and landless women farmer families who are the most affected during climate-related disasters. In fact, one of the major objectives of Swayam Shikshan Prayog is to improve the health and nutritional status of women, especially adolescent girls and pregnant/lactating women. In India, women are considered to be caretakers of the family and due to this role, their health is at times neglected. Traditionally, women and girls are the last ones to eat in the family and usually eat leftovers. It is for this reason that many women and girls are not able to meet their daily nutritional requirements. In fact, almost 59% of women are anemic in India.

The Swayam Shikshan Prayog promotes a climate-resilient farming model through sustainable farming techniques, including increasing livestock and consumption, marketing locally grown foods and integrating water management techniques. In particular, Swayam Shikshan Prayog encourages women farmers to preserve and exchange local seeds, as well as diversify them in order to reduce climate risk and enhance household food consumption.

As a result, women farmers were able to sell their surplus produce and were also able to start agro-related businesses, such as livestock rearing, dairy, seeds processing, to name a few. In addition, women farmers were able to mix cropping to increase their yields and increase the nutritional security of their households, as well as grow low-cost hydroponics.  

Overall, Swayam Shikshan Prayog has scaled up the initiative in Maharashtra to 160 villages, reaching 20,000 women farmers. In addition, given the proven benefits of the model, Swayam Shikshan Prayog is expanding to other areas in the Marathwada region. Lastly, the model is being replicated in countries, such as Kenya, the Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia.


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Swayam Shikshan Prayog

Promoting alternative livelihoods for Batwa Pygmies in Uganda

Promoting alternative livelihoods for Batwa Pygmies in Uganda

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The Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation (CIBIC) is an organization that addresses poaching and encroachments in Bwindi National Park in Uganda. To date, the initiative has supported over 10,000 people in agri-business enterprises and community tourism.

No Poverty , Zero Hunger , Gender Equality , Climate Action , Life on Land

The Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation organization currently serves over 1,000 people in southwestern Uganda. These communities are characterized by malnutrition, poverty, hunger and low levels of education. Many people in this area are subsistence farmers and live below $1 a day. Additionally, CIBIC serves the Batwa pygmies who were evicted without compensation from Bwindi forest to make way for a national park. It also serves widowed and single mothers, some of whom are living with HIV/AIDS. CIBIC’s main aim is to improve the livelihoods of marginalized rural women and Batwa Pygmies through activities that contribute to biodiversity conservation, nutrition, food security, income and social economic development within communities surrounding Bwindi National Park.

The Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation was formed in order to contribute to nature conservation through mobilization and support of reformed poachers, youth, women and Batwa pygmies.  In particular, CIBIC helps to identify alternative livelihoods to ensure their self-sufficiency.

The organization has trained and supported over 70 reformed poachers, Batwa Pygmies, women and the youth in alternative sustainable agricultural initiatives. The major social enterprise is mushroom cultivation, which is helping to transform the lives of landless women and youth communities neighboring the national park.

Another activity developed by the project is beekeeping. CIBIC currently manages over 100 bee hives in the Batwa communities. With an estimated population of 10,000 bees in each hive, totaling a number of almost 1,000,000 bees. The initiative is boosting the pollination of trillions of trees and plants, enhancing biodiversity growth and helping to combat climate change and hunger among the communities. The project adopts green approaches in all of its farming activities, such as crop and animal integration.

The initiative helps to protect Bwindi National Park, which is home to almost 400 species and 480 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s total population.

In addition, CIBIC successfully convinced 630 Batwa, youth and women poacher beneficiaries to exchange their traditional activities for sustainable farming.

In 2014, the project won the Africa SEED AWARD for its sustainable mushroom farming enterprise. CIBIC was recognized for its innovative, locally-driven activity, having trained over 100 women in mushroom farming.

In addition, CIBIC introduced a pro-poor tourism activity in Bwindi by establishing a successful relationship between local producers, tourism lodge owners and tour agencies. The initiative focuses on supplying food for tourists from local farmers. Currently, 70% of total food served to tourists originates from local producers in the area. The profit generated is used by small farmers to pay for school fees for their children and other basic needs.

Lastly, CIBIC organizes community walking tours for tourists so they can learn about the local culture. The fees received are being used by CIBIC to purchase seeds and other farming inputs.


Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation, Bees Abroad Foundation, Government of Uganda, SEED Initiative (UNEP, UNDP IUCN), Bwindi and Mghinga Conservation Trust, Uganda Wildlife Authority and private individuals

Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation (CIBIC)

The Dalits still face discrimination in Nepal

Shared by: Sunil Kumar Pariyar , Chairperson, Dalit Alliance for Natural Resources , Nepal

The Dalits are a discriminated group under Nepal’s caste system, and are deprived of economic, political and social opportunities. As a consequence, the Dalits lack health, natural resources, food security and are also impacted by climate change.

UNDP’s flagship Human Development Report (2009) states that Dalits have a lower level of human development. In fact, “of all the caste and ethnic groups, Dalits have fared worst because they still hold the lowest position in the caste hierarchy. The belief that Dalits are “polluted” not only segregates them from members of other castes, but also prohibits them from touching non- Dalits and their possessions. Additionally, Dalits are denied entry into public places, such as temples and restaurants. A survey conducted in 2002 listed a total of 205 existing practices of caste-based discrimination.”



The target group are the Dalit people in Nepal. While discrimination against the Dalits has begun to decrease, the discriminatory practices still exist, especially in rural areas.


Policies have been put in place to address the concerns of women, Dalits and indigenous nationalities through ending discrimination based on class, caste, language and gender. However, there are improvements that can be implemented in order to strengthen the inclusion of these vulnerable groups. In particular, it would be important to improve access to employment and alternative livelihoods for the Dalits. In addition, there are community forest guidelines that require the full participation of women and Dalit, yet these policies need to be implemented.


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