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

Talia visiting the TBP Kenya team

Talia Smith is the Program Manager of the Trustbuilding Program. What is her view on trust and trustbuilding?

Interfaith Dialogue in Garissa, Kenya

On 5 October a multi-faith Dialogue took place at Garissa University in Kenya. Both Christians and Muslims joined a dialogue on trust. Is there trust between these two groups?

Trustbuilding in the Classroom: Discrimination

France’s Trustbuilding Program project consists of 10 weekly workshops where youth can share their frustrations, in a safe space, and examine their prejudices. Read here about the workshop on discrimination.

TBP Canada -  Quebec group

As a highly experienced trainer and facilitator, Rob Corcoran was invited to join the first Trustbuilding Program information session in Quebec. We asked Rob for his inside perspective as an outsider.

TBP France

Initiatives of Change France is joining the Trustbuilding Program in 2019. Read here why they are excited to be part of the Trustbuilding Program and how they are working with youth in the suburbs of French cities.

TBP Kenya Training for Trainers

The Trustbuilding Program (TBP) is making progress! Learn more about the what each country has been working on for their respective projects.