Programmes

The Trustbuilding Program

Peace and social cohesion by building trust and reconciliation across divides

At a time of increasing fragmentation, trust is diminishing around the world. Communities face racial and religious divides, intergenerational conflict, the rise of extremist attitudes, as well as social divisions and the legacy of war. Building on its extraordinary record of trustbuilding achievements over generations around the world, IofC is marshalling its resources to address global divides. The Trustbuilding Program aims to address divisive issues at the international and national levels on the premise that at the heart of these larger issues is a need to build trust and reconcile personal challenges before changes can occur outside of oneself.

The Program prioritizes the needs of communities in conflict, which are working on transformation of their societies. We explore individual change and create safe spaces for community leaders and young people to have honest and open dialogues about uncomfortable issues that pose challenges to initiating positive change in one’s life, families and communities. The program will ensure having support on the ground from people of all walks of life including young people, migrants and refugees, committed to confronting the divides within their society. 

What is Trustbuilding?

Building trust is the essential foundation for building healthy communities. Social action and legislation without accompanying changes in individual lives and relationships are unlikely to be effective over the long haul. The most-needed reforms in communities require political courage and trust-based collaboration that can only be achieved by individuals who have the vision, integrity, and persistence to call out the best in others and sustain deep and long-term efforts.

Rob Corcoran, Founder Hope in the Cities

"Messy, real, raw, mutual engagement about stuff that affects our ability to relate to each other".

Louie Gardiner, coach and facilitator

Current News & Events

Photo by Filip Filkovic Philatz on Unsplash
19-May-2020

Trustbuilding Program Officer Manon reflects on how the COVID-19 crisis is influencing trust.

Jessie Sutherland
12-May-2020

During our latest webinar, Jessie Sutherland spoke about 'building trust in times of crisis, seen through a lens of belonging'. We give you the highlights.

Rob and Susan Corcoran
05-May-2020

Trustbuilding Program trainer Rob Corcoran mentions that we are living in a time of ‘letting go and claiming humility’. What does he mean by that?

28-Apr-2020

How does the Kenyan trustbuilding team continue their trustbuilding work online in this time of crisis?

21-Apr-2020

Thursday 16 April was the first session of webinars in a series: ‘Trust in times of crisis’. We kicked off with Rajmohan Gandhi, with over 180 people from around the world joining the conversation.

Photo by: Amber Bracken
07-Apr-2020

Read more about some current events that have influenced the work of the Canadian trustbuilding team, who are addressing the topic of racial discrimination.