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Central America Program

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The beginning of 2018 marked a change of direction for Seattle International Foundation, with a readjustment of its strategic goal that aims for a more sustainable and effective international philanthropy in Central America. More details on SIF’s new strategy will be released later this year on a new website.

SIF’s Grantmaking program supports the following issues:

  • Strengthen good governance and rule of law. In spite of legal and institutional advances, young Central American democracies continue to face worrisome challenges, such as corruption or inequality, which pose an obstacle to social and democratic progress. SIF will continue working on strategies that strengthen the rule of law and help foster more transparent and effective governments and institutions, to lay the foundations for societies to develop the potential of their citizens.
  • Ensure equity. SIF will promote the participation of underrepresented sectors of the population, especially indigenous peoples, youth, and women. The foundation will promote equity, inclusion and representation in decision-making processes in the public and private sector.
  • Reduce displacement and forced migration. Forced migration and displacement from Central America to the United States has become one of the greatest challenges of today, on both sides of the border. The exodus of migrants has defined a generation in the region, and the large flows of capital in the form of remittances have altered the economic equation. SIF aims to reduce high levels of forced migration and impact the factors that push these youth and vulnerable populations to leave their countries, to protect the rights of migrants and deportees, to research the social phenomenon, to create an active network of local change agents focused on migration, and to bridge policymakers in the US with the migrant community.
  • Strengthen civil society. A robust and organized civil society can serve as a powerful vehicle to express the demands of citizens and deliver their public policy agendas. SIF will continue to promote capacity building and training for competent social leaders in the region, and to enable environments for civil society organizations to function, network and be seen as legitimate actors by government, central to democracy.

Information regarding Seattle International Foundation's 2019 call for proposals is coming soon.

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