Peacebuilder Bulletin: January 2014

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


Funding for organisations

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

DAC Prize 2014

The DAC Prize for Taking Development Innovation to Scale is awarded for taking an innovative approach, instrument, mechanism beyond the pilot phase to a wider application. The objective of the Prize is to promote the scaling-up of innovations that address important development gaps. Deadline: 31 March 2014 Find out more

Prince Claus Fund: Project proposals for cultural initiatives

Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development is inviting proposals with creative and innovative ideas that promote equality and opportunity for ‘Culture in Defiance’ 2014. The major aim of the funding opportunity is to promote art and culture that seek to re-imagine possibilities, by creating a space for dialogue, critical thinking and impact in their societies. Deadline:28 February 2014Find out more

Japan Fund for Global Environment – Grant Program for NGOs

The Japan Fund for Global Environment aims to support the NGO projects for environmental conservation in developing regions with immediate needs; strengthen Japan’s involvement in global environmental conservation; and to offer people from different fields and classes a chance as a Global Citizen, to participate actively in environmental NGO projects or to contribute money to support environmental NGO projects. Find out more

Funding for individuals

African Peacebuilding Network Research Grants

The African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council 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 2014Find out more

University funding and training opportunities

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

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 centres in developing countries. The goal of this program is to grow excellent research centres 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 neighbouring 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

Scholarships Available for MA Peace Studies 2014/15 from Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University, UK

Liverpool Hope University’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies is offering two full tuition fee scholarships for applicants to the MA Peace Studies starting September 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

Peace First Prize

The Peace First Prize celebrates the powerful contributions of youth peacemakers. The prize will recognize 5-10 young people between the ages of 8-22 with a two-year $25,000 Peace First fellowship. Find out more

The Front Line Defenders Award

The annual Front Line Defenders Award honours the work of a human rights defender who, through non-violent work, is courageously making an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights of others, often at great personal risk to themselves. Deadline: 24 January 2014 Find out more

World of Children Award

The World of Children Award is accepting applications for the its grant award programs which provide funding and recognition to support life-changing work for children by discovering and elevating effective changemakers for children worldwide. Deadline: 01 April 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


The other side of gender: men as critical agents of change

The other side of gender, from USIP, argues that men need to be viewed more than simply perpetrators of violence during conflict, recognising that men are also victims of, and witnesses to, violence. According to the paper, better understanding of the complex experiences, and gender-specific needs, of men during violent conflict would strengthen peacebuilding work.

Towards a theory of ex-combatant reintegration

Towards a theory of ex-combatant reintegration, by Stina Torjesen, makes the case for developing a theoretical framework for reintegration.  The paper proposes a new definition of reintegration which focuses on the experiences of ex-combatants instead of programmatic activity, and suggests areas of further research.

“Better to die while speaking the truth”: Attacks against human rights defenders in North Kivu, DRC

Better to die while speaking the truth, from Amnesty International, documents attacks on human rights defenders in North Kivu, DR Congo. Over the past year, human rights defenders in North Kivu have found themselves increasingly the target of both the security forces and non state armed groups. The report highlights the challenges of working conflict areas with little rule of law.

“Leave everything to God”: accountability for inter-communal violence in Plateau and Kaduna States, Nigeria

Leave everything to God, from Human Rights Watch, explores the lack of accountability for acts of inter-communal violence in central Nigeria. The report finds that widespread impunity further inflames community tensions as people look to take the law into their own hands.

African Journal of Conflict Resolution (Vol.13, No.2)

The latest edition of the African Journal of Conflict Resolution, from Accord, includes articles looking at inter-ethnic conflict in South Sudan, the need to consider the legacy of colonialism in conflict resolution, and strengthening political leadership in Africa.


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