Arias Foundation

The Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress is a Costa Rican non-governmental and non-profit organization. It was created in 1988 with the monetary support of the Nobel Peace Prize, granted to the founder and then-President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez, in recognition of his action in favor of peace and reconciliation in Central America. It has, as a mission, to promote just and peaceful societies and equality in Central America. The Foundation's continuing work is divided among three active and expanding areas: the Area for Good Governance and Human Progress, the Area for Peace and Human Security, and the Area for Higher Education and Research.