Peacebuilder Bulletin: August 2015

A regular newsletter from Insight on Conflict for peacebuilders. Featuring funding opportunities, releveant research, and more. Visit to subscribe.


Tomorrow's Peacebuilders

Are you a peacebuilder? Would international recognition and a $10,000 prize help your organisation make a bigger impact? Apply today for the annual Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders awards.

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders showcases the best locally led peacebuilding organisations across the world. Entrants will need to show how they are making communities more peaceful, or breaking the cycle of violence. And there are special prizes for technology and peacebuilding and photography and peace. The three winning organisations will receive:

  • $10,000 prize funding for peacebuilding activities.
  • Invitation to attend a winners’ event in London.
  • Promotion of their work online, including on the Insight on Conflict and Peace Direct websites and newsletters.
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Funding for organisations

The Global Innovation Fund The Global Innovation Fund invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. The fund aims to support breakthrough solutions to global development challenges from social enterprises, for-profit firms, non-profit organisations, researchers, and government agencies. Deadline: Ongoing. Find out more

The Nippon Foundation Overseas Grants for NGOs/NPOs Outside Japan The Nippon Foundation accepts applications from the non-profit organizations based outside of Japan throughout the year for its Overseas Grants. Any local, regional or international NGOs/NPOs including educational and research institutions based outside of Japan are invited to submit proposals on different funding areas covered by the foundation. Deadline: Ongoing Find out more

Front Line Defenders Security Grants The Front Line Defenders provides security grants to Human Rights Defenders (individuals and/or organizations) at risk, in order to improve their security and protection. Front Line Defenders aims to protect human rights defenders at risk, people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Grant requests can be made up to €7,500. Deadline: Ongoing Find out more

Development Innovation Ventures USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is looking for innovative ideas to pilot and test using cutting-edge analytical methods, and to scale solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectiveness. The primary objective of DIV is to support the discovery of better ways to solve big problems. Grants range from $25,000 to $15,000,000 depending on scale and stage of the idea. Deadline: Ongoing. Find out more

Pakistan: USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing support to Pakistani people through Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program. The program will fund time-limited awards under $250,000 to support innovative one- to three-year proposals from Pakistani organizations. Deadline: Ongoing. Find out more

French Embassy: support for local civil society in Sudan The French Embassy is looking to support civil society organisations in Sudan working on issues of prevention, protection, and response to gender-based violence (GBV). Grant’s will be made of around €10,000 to €30,000, although lower or greater budgets could be considered. Deadline: 10 September 2015.Find out more

National Endowment for Democracy NED Grants Program The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is accepting grant applications from local independent non-governmental organizations around the world that are devoted to the promotion of political and economic freedom, a strong civil society, independent media, human rights, and the rule of law. Deadline: 02 October 2014. Find out more

Strengthening Civil Society Globally (SCS Global) Program USAID is seeking applications from all eligible organisations working in towards USAID’s key objectives of: promoting participatory, representative and inclusive political processes and government institutions; fostering greater accountability of institutions and leaders to citizens and to the law; protecting and promoting universally recognized human rights; and improving development outcomes through the integration of DRG principles and practices.Deadline: 18 September 2015. Find out more

MEPI Local Grants Program U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative’s (MEPI) Local Grants Program serves as i’s most direct means of supporting organizations and individuals in the Middle East and North Africa. MEPI offers assistance, training, and support to groups and individuals striving to bring change to the Middle East and North Africa. Deadline: Ongoing. Find out more

European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights The European Commission through its European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights program is accepting proposals to promote democracy and human rights worldwide through support to civil society initiatives. Deadline: 01 October 2015. Find out more

Europeans for Peace The Foundation EVZ is seeking applications for its Europeans for Peace programme. The Foundation invites school and youth groups to apply in international partnerships. Europeans for Peace aims to strengthen historical awareness and bolsters the active commitment of young people for human rights and international understanding. Deadline: 01 December 2015. Find out more


Intercultural Innovation Award The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that aims to select and support the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world. Not-for-profit organizations that are active in promoting intercultural understanding, with a track record of managing intercultural projects and willingness to expand their range of action, are eligible to apply.  Deadline: 30 September 2015. Find out more.

Other opportunities

Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) Master’s Programme Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies invites applications for the Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) Master’s Programme, a part time distance-learning course involving a combination of self-study and three two-week residential seminars each year in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Deadline 30 September 2015. Find out more


Turning the humanitarian system on its head Turning the humanitarian system on its head, from Oxfam, calls for a change in the humanitarian system to give greater support to locally-led initiatives. The paper highlights how little assistance local actors receive from the international system – less than 2% of world spending on humanitarian assistance between 2007 and 2013 – and looks at how to create a global system where locally-led is the default.

Localising humanitarianism: improving effectiveness through inclusive action Localising humanitarianism, from ODI, looks at the the roles national and local actors play in the humanitarian system. The paper finds that national and local actors often have significant comparative advantages over international actors, yet are an underutilised part of the global system. The paper recommends ways to overcome the obstacles preventing greater local ownership.

Meta-review of inter-religious peacebuilding evaluations Meta-review of inter-religious peacebuilding evaluations, from CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, examines the current trends in, and quality of, evaluations of inter-religious peacebuilding. The paper highlights some key strengths and weaknesses in the evaluations. Recommendations are given on how to improve such evaluations and, in doing so, strengthen the evidence base for inter-religious peacebuilding.

Territorial peacebuilding in Colombia: the opportunity to do what has not been achieved before? In ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels, the term “territorial peacebuilding” has emerged to describe how different parts of Colombia have suffered differently from the conflict, and therefore require different strategies to build sustainable peace. Territorial peacebuilding in Colombia, from NOREF, explores the concept in detail, asking what are the chances of success of this approach and looking at the role for civil society.

2015 state of civil society report The State of civil society report, from Civicus, is an annual examination of the state of civil society around the world. The report highlights the work of civil society in areas such as peacebuilding and humanitarian assistance. As well as successes, the report looks at the challenges facing civil society, from a lack of resources to attacks from armed groups and the state.


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