Funding local actors in conflict-affected settings

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Peace Direct and independent consultant Riva Kantowitz will be hosting an online consultation on key issues in funding and supporting grassroots actors and networks working on violence prevention and peacebuilding in conflict-affected settings. We are especially interested to hear from local practitioners and organisations which have experience with international donor funding.

The online system allows participants to contribute at times most suitable to them. Therefore, it is possible to fit participation around your usual commitments and various time-zones.

The online consultation will take place from 19-21 November 2018. Slots for participation are limited. If you are interested in taking part, please complete this online form before 9 November 2018.  The form will prompt you to provide details of relevant areas of expertise and practical experience you or your organisation have in the international development field, specifically with regard to international donor funding and observations about effective support at the grassroots level in conflict-affected settings.

The discussions will contribute to our collaborative learning project examining effective models, strategies and lessons learned for donor support to local actors in conflict-affected countries. 

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Overall aim of the consultation

Community-level actors are facing a crisis in financing their work. The roots of conflict are deep, and generally neither a wholly local nor a wholly international response will succeed. However, at the moment, funds go disproportionately to supporting externally driven solutions, many of which, for example state level security sector reform, show few signs of success in proportion to their cost. The vast majority of funding goes to governments, international organizations (INGOs), or is fed through assessed contributions to the United Nations. Local organizations and communities on the frontlines of conflict see a fraction of those resources. In the State of Global Giving, the Foundation Center notes that of the $4.1 billion that U.S. foundations gave overseas from 2011 – 2015, just 12% went directly to local organizations based in the country where programming occurred.

Sustainable peace requires a fundamental power shift in foreign assistance, away from the prescriptions of international governments and actors who will always have their own (often disparate) agendas, and toward local leaders and actors—through decision-making, partnership, and resource-allocation, so they are better able to generate, implement, and scale their own ideas and processes.

This research project aims to provide lessons learned and concrete recommendations about how to catalyze that shift, through better facilitating partnerships between donors and local actors.

We hope to explore the following themes:

  • Effective funding strategies and models to support work at the grassroots level
  • Ways in which donors and external actors can be allies to local actors in conflict-affected settings, including but not limited to funding
  • Lessons learned regarding how civil society and local organizations and donors have developed effective partnerships
  • Challenges local actors face when working with donors and vice-versa
  • Examples of the use of innovative finance tools or other non-traditional philanthropy or foreign assistance approaches in conflict-affected settings
  • Approaches to linking grassroots work to systemic change, through programming, advocacy and other strategies
  • How the peacebuilding field can effectively measure change and impact, generating the type of metrics important to many donors and investors, and how these metrics can be aggregated beyond the project level to broader processes such as those which progress towards sustainable peace

How participation will benefit your work?

This is a unique opportunity for you to participate in a collaborative piece of research. You will:

  • Be given the opportunity to contribute to discussions on donor strategies in supporting local actors and influence our research.
  • Learn from other experts and practitioners in the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding sectors.
  • Receive a summary at the end of the consultation which you can use in your own research and development work.
  • If you’d like, you may be listed as a contributor to the report, which you may list amongst your publications.

How will the research work?

Upon completion of the online consultation we will make every effort to include the views and opinions of participants in summary we will produce on effective donor strategies for supporting local actors. Participating organisations and individuals may be listed as contributors in the document, though this is entirely at your discretion. Participants will also be able to contribute anonymously if preferred.

The consultations will take place online and last 3 days.

What is required to participate?

The consultations will take place online on the Peace Insight website from 19-21 November 2018.

During this period, participants will be expected to log in and join the discussion at least once each day, and ideally more often. The discussion takes place through written comments. You will be expected to read the comments shared by others and participate by posting comments, responses and ideas of your own. It may take just a few minutes a day to make some very important contributions to the research.

The online system allows participants to contribute at times most suitable to them. Therefore, it is possible to fit participation around your usual commitments and various time-zones.

How to participate?

Slots for participation are limited. If you are interested in taking part, please complete the online form before 9 November 2018.  Please provide details of relevant areas of expertise and practical experience you or your organisation have in the international development field and with donor funding.