Trustbuilding circle

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?

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

Louie Gardiner, coach and facilitator




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Initiatives of Change International is seeking a Development Officer/ Fundraiser to play the critical role of finding resources for our new International Trustbuilding Program. We are looking for someone with the relevant skills, but above all someone who is committed to IofC’s mission and values.

Trustbuilding circle

IofC International welcomes the staff of the Trustbuilding Program to the team

TBP - Kenya

Initiatives of Change Kenya is serving as one of the countries for 2019. Read here why they are excited to be part of the Trustbuilding Program this year, and what the issues are that they will be addressing through their work in their communities.

TBP Canada Staff

Initiatives of Change Canada is one of the three countries participating in the Trustbuilding Program for 2019. What made them interested in being a part of the Program? What are the issues they will address through trustbuilding? We decided to ask the team!

TBP Kenya Pilot Team Training

How do we weave trust into everything we do? Here is just one example!

Iman Al Ghafari

'Like a plant, people need an environment or safe space where they can be recognized for what they are and be allowed to grow.'