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 Mohammad Metri on Unsplash
21-Jan-2020

IofC UK has made some interesting trust-related podcasts for you recently. Listen to them on your way to work, during a walk in the park, or perhaps while relaxing on the sofa.

Launch event and roundtable on racial discrimination in Quebec
14-Jan-2020

On December 7 in downtown Montreal, close to 50 people gathered at Initiatives of Change Canada’s roundtable and launch of their Trustbuilding Program project, to explore racial discrimination in Quebec.

Photo by Kristoffer Trolle
07-Jan-2020

A group of young people in the Trustbuilding Program project Oui Act in Paris had an open sharing sessions with a police officer, a unique opportunity given the fact that the relation between youth and law enforcement officials is often put to the test by tensions, mutual prejudices and a lack of understanding on both sides.

Internal trustbuilding in Kenya
17-Dec-2019

With our Trustbuilding Program project teams working within their communities on restoring trust, it is important that they work on the trust within their own team as well. How does the Kenyan team does this?

10-Dec-2019

Building trust is not a technique that can be taught; it is a spirit that is caught. What are steps we can take in trustbuilding?

05-Dec-2019

In advance of the Round Table event taking place 7 December, Talia Smith, Trustbuilding Program Manager, provides a brief summary on what the focus of the event will be.