IofC works to transform the thinking and living of individuals, communities and societies. Its message is as relevant as ever: each of us can help to tackle the root causes of world problems, and the first step is to tackle the fear, hate, greed and indifference in our own lives.
IofC International is an Association with 32 national and programme Member bodies. It is at work in over 60 countries. Each Member operates autonomously on projects addressing specific local needs. IofC International has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC) and Participatory Status at the Council of Europe.
For years, IofC has based its wider work on inspired local ideas letting grassroots initiatives lead the way. This approach keeps the energy close to the ground.
Values in practice
Our approach is based on principles that not only guide our practice in the field, but the practice of our lives. Searching for inner wisdom, choosing to live by moral standards and intentionally reaching out to those who are different are the foundations. The ability to create safe space for people from opposite camps and diverse backgrounds is key to IofC efforts in trustbuilding, reconciliation and peace. Our partners, of varied size and scope, rely on these principles in action to build trust and deliver excellent outcomes together.
80 years’ experience
IofC draws on over 80 years of experience of working with people from all levels of society on a wide range of issues. Our track record shows a steady ability to effect change in varied situations, ranging from the grassroots to policy level.
For the past seven years, IofC and the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs have actively cooperated in initiatives aimed at maintaining peace in Burundi (currently expanding to the whole area of the Great Lakes in Africa). IofC has successful collaborations with the UNCCD (land degradation), Council of Europe (developing the Toolkit for Conducting Intercultural Dialogue), UNESCO (peace education programmes), United States Institute of Peace (reconciliation initiatives in Kenya) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (racial healing in the US).
IofC International’s office in Geneva facilitates common actions across our network while building partnerships with international organizations, government agencies, NGOs, local communities and teams.
‘There is enough in the world for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed. If everyone cared enough and shared enough, everyone would have enough. Hands will be filled with work, stomachs with food and empty hearts with an idea that really satisfies.’
Dr Frank N D Buchman
‘In my experience in international and UN affairs, I know of no other NGO with IofC's perspective – that it is the lack of trust and values which really is at the core of the international community's inability to address questions of human survival.’
Dr Martin Frick
Ambassador, German representative to the United Nations and International Organizations in Germany