Peacebuilder Bulletin: December 2013

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


Funding for organisations

The Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women provides funding for women’s groups to advance the human rights of women and girls around the world. It gives grants ranging from $500 to $30,000 for operating and program expenses. Deadline: 15 December 2013.Find out more

Sarajevo 2014 Programme

Proposals are being accepted for Sarajevo 2014 Programme under EuropeAid. The goal of this program is to contribute to reconciliation in the Western Balkans. This programme is designed to help completing the process of reconciliation in the Western Balkans. Deadline: 15 January 2014. Find out more

United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women 2013

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has announced the 2013 Call for Proposals for NGOs to apply for the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. It is a leading global grant-making mechanism exclusively dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls in all its forms. It supports effective initiatives that demonstrate that violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, reduced and, with persistence, eliminated.Deadline: 22 January 2014 Find out more

United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) 2013

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) 2013 Call for Project Proposals is now open for NGOs to apply. The Fund provides financial support to projects around the world for strengthening the voice of civil society, promoting human rights and encouraging the participation of all groups in the democratic processes. The main areas of funding are Community Development, Media, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Tools for Democratization, Women and Youth.Deadline: 31 December 2013 Find out more

Global Partnership for Social Accountability

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability is pleased to announce its 2nd Call for Proposals. The Call for Proposals is open to civil society organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks based and operating in any of 33 eligible countries (those that have ‘opted-in’ to the GPSA to date). Grant amounts will range from US$500,000 to US$1,000,000. Requests for funding below this range will also be considered. Deadline: 06 January 2014. Find out more

Funding for individuals

Civil Society Exchange Program (CSEP)

This program enables practitioners to spend time with a different organization, where they may engage in joint projects, skills sharing, and general relationship building. For a time period ranging anywhere from two weeks to six months, participants—in either a one-way or two-way organizational exchange—will have the opportunity to work with other organizations in a different part of the community and the world. Deadline: 15 January 2014. Find out more

The Nexus Fund: Retrospective Grants

In order to retain knowledge gained over time, The Nexus Fund offers Retrospective Grants for highly experienced professionals in the atrocity prevention community to reflect and capture lessons learned and best practices. During a 1-3 month sabbatical from their current organization – or perhaps during a transition to another job, or into retirement – these grantees are given the opportunity to reflect on their body of work, and to capture their best thinking for how our community can improve. Deadline: 15 January 2014. Find out more

African Peacebuilding Network Research Grants

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research grant applications from African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding issues at universities and research institutions or regional governmental and nongovernmental organizations in Africa. Deadline: 1 February 2014 Find out more

University funding and training opportunities

University of Oxford Scholarships for African Studies Students

All eligible applicants are invited to submit applications for Waverley – ORISHA Joint Scholarship offered by University of Oxford. The objective of this program is to assist academically excellent students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have shown the potential to make a significant contribution in their future careers. ORISHA (African Humanities Research Fund) is administered by the Scholarships Committee of the African Studies Centre and provides funding for postgraduate study in Africa Studies. Deadline: 24 January 2014Find out more

GDAI – PhD scholarships Program for Africa

Applicants from Africa are invited to submit applications for GDAI – PhD scholarships Program offered under Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Scholarship is offered in the field of Governance for Development in Africa. The scholarship is on a part-present form and it provides for Fees for three years, and for accommodation and living cost for the first year only. Deadline: 30 April 2014. Find out more

Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowships Program

Women from developing countries are invited to submit applications for Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowships Program offered by International Peace Research Association Foundation. The Fellowship provides $5,000 per year for two years, for a total of $10,000. The main purpose of this program is to further the purposes and activities of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), which has for the last fifty years sought to enhance the process of peace.Deadline: 15 January 2014. Find out more

Caux Scholars Program

The Caux Scholars Program (CSP) is a month long summer peacebuilding institute for young leaders, aged 21-35. Since its founding in 1991, CSP has 409 alumni from 105 countries. The Program equips scholars with the inspiration to be the change they want to see in the world and the practical skills to do so.  Deadline: 15 February 2014. Find out more

Special Research Fund – Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries

University of Ghent is seeking applications for “Special Research Fund” offered to support university research groups or research centers in developing countries. The goal of this program is to grow excellent research centers by upgrading local academic personnel.Deadline: 04 March 2014 Find out more

Scholarships in Development for Africans, Paris School of International Affairs

Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po (PSIA) and the French Development Agency is pleased to invite applications for scholarships program offered to pursue Master program in Development Practice or in International Development. Deadline: 04 February 2014 Find out more

Peacebuilding and Education in Iraq: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

The University of Duhok’s Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies invites the submission of papers to be presented at the first academic symposium in Iraq focused on the intersection of peacebuilding and education in Duhok on May 13-15, 2014. The aim of the symposium will be to raise awareness of ongoing educational efforts in peacebuilding in Iraq and in neighboring states, to invite critical consideration of them in terms of theory and practice, and to catalyze further research and action related to new or expanded programs or projects in this area. Deadline: 24 January 2014 Find out more


The May 18 Memorial Foundation’s Gwangju International Prize for Human Rights 2013

The Korea-based May 18 Memorial Foundation is accepting applications for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2013. The prize goes to one individual or an organization that has struggled for or contributed to the improvement and advancement of human rights, democracy and peace in their community and country.Deadline: 24 February 2014 Find out more

Girls Impact the World Film Festival Call for Entries

All eligible participants are invited to submit entries for Girls Impact the World Film Festival offered by Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative and Connecther. The goal of this program is to either raise awareness or propose solutions to a variety of global women’s issues, including maternal health, microfinance initiatives, child-marriage, sex-trafficking and poverty alleviation. Deadline: 31 December 2013Find out more

World Justice Challenge: Global Seed Grant Competition

The World Justice Project (WJP) is calling for applications for the World Justice Challenge – a seed grant competition to strengthen the rule of law.Deadline: 15 January 2014 Find out more


For more funding opportunities, and to hear about them as they are announced, there are many websites you can check. Including: Funds for NGOSPeace and Collaborative Development Network, and Opportunities for Africans


Rising powers and the future of peacekeeping and peacebuilding

Rising powers and the future of peacekeeping and peacebuilding, from the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, asks how the world’s rising powers – such as India, South Africa, and Brazil – might influence international peacebuilding and peacekeeping. The paper argues that, although countries are not interested in a radical overturning of the established order, they may be keen to push international peacebuilding towards greater local ownership and contextualised approaches.

New technologies for peace and development

This special collection from Stability: International Journal of Security & Development explores how new technologies are enabling new approaches in peacebuilding and development. Articles include research on how mobile phones can prevent violence, the potential of machine learning in conflict prediction, and mapping atrocities.

Conflict minerals initiatives in DR Congo: perceptions of local mining communities

Conflict minerals initiatives in DR Congo, from the International Peace Information Service, looks at how attempts to tackle the issue of ‘conflict minerals’ – exploitation of mineral wealth by armed groups to finance conflict – have impacted local communities in DR Congo that relied on mining as a significant source of income.

Election fraud and post-election conflict: evidence from the Philippines

Election fraud and post-election conflict, from the Households in Conflict Network, examines the relationship between electoral fraud and post-election violence. Using evidence from the Phillipines’ 2007 mayoral elections, the paper argues that electoral fraud is causally linked to increased chances of post-election violence.

Sectarianism in the Middle East

A five part series from USIP looking at sectarianism in the Middle East. Particular attention is given to the impact that the conflict in Syrian has had across the region. The five articles are:


Conflict trends 2013/3

The latest issue of Conflict Trends, from ACCORD, includes articles on the role of civil society in delivering security and justice in Liberia, inter-ethnic conflict in South Sudan, and achieving gender equality through political parties.


Data for development: serving local needs and demands

Why a new agenda for development data in sub-Saharan Africa is urgently required – one that puts local demand, incentives and applicability at the centre. Read more »

Are you local?

Roger Mac Ginty considers the assumptions and prejudices that often lie behind ‘local’ and ‘international’ Read more »

Yarmouk camp: Local pressure for peace mounts in Syria’s civil war

In the chaos of Syria’s civil war local peacebuilders are finding ways to bring respite for tired civilians from suffering and danger. Read more »

Can global development and local peacebuilding work together?

As the deadline for the UN Millennium Development Goals approaches, what opportunities are there for local peacebuilding organisations? Read more »

The right to the truth: how is Rwanda dealing with the legacies of its past?

The Gacaca courts in Rwanda: What role can memory and truth play in rebuilding communities after genocide? Read more »

Non-violent resistance in Jeju, South Korea

Since 2007, this small village in South Korea has led a non-violent resistance against the construction of a naval base next door to a UNESCO reserve. Read more »

Extremist Buddhists target Muslims in Sri Lanka, but impunity prevails.

Sri Lankan Muslims are the victims of a systematic hate campaign. But the government, once again, is condoning violence. Read more »

What is the biggest challenge facing Pakistan? An interview with Anwar Akhtar

An extract from an interview with Anwar Akhtar, from Pakistan Calling, a film project promoting cross cultural dialogue. Read more »