We are a global network of independent, non-partisan indigenous funders working to build peace within our respective community, society or country. We five indigenous funders, Nirnaya (India), Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (NI), The Dalit Foundation (India), The Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust (Sri Lanka) and the Abraham Fund (USA), have come together to form a global network that works for peace. We intend to bring into our fold many more such organizations across the world , especially from regions and countries entrenched in communal and other conflicts. Foundations For Peace (FFP), strongly believes that conflicts cannot be resolved by violence, peace is the only way out for long term sustainable solutions.
It has been observed that since the Second World War, there have been more conflicts within States than between States, and the numbers have increased alarmingly from 1989. These internal wars leave permanent and deep scars which are carried over the generations, isolating individuals and communities. They eventually become islands of hate. If the violence is erupting from within, the peace building also should emanate from inside the community. It is here the independent indigenous foundations, who understand the dynamics play a crucial role in providing resources for building bridges. It is FFP’s conviction that for any development to happen, peace should come in first.
There is a need for global network, because while peace building is essentially local, the efforts benefit enormously from transnational perspectives and experience.