Peacebuilder Bulletin: July 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


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.

Youth Innovation Awards Programme The aim of the Award is to acknowledge and recognize initiatives which will create positive impact socially, economically and environmentally. The initiative should act as catalyst towards the promotion of sustainable cities and towns and encourage talent needed for future urban development measured by creation of youth employment, poverty alleviation and ensuring ecological safety.  Deadline: 31 July 2015. Find out more.

Commonwealth Youth Awards Nominations are open for the 2016 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work. These awards recognise inspiring young people whose development work has had a significant impact on people and communities in their country or region. The awards look for young people aged 15 to 29 years working in areas including peace, human rights, and democracy. Deadline: 31 August 2015. Find out more

Fellowship of Reconciliation Peace Awards The Fellowship of Reconciliation awards three peace prizes — international, national, and local — to individuals or organizations whose commitment to peace, justice, and reconciliation is recognized as extraordinary. Deadline: 01 August 2015. Find out more

Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize The Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize is a biannual award that give $50,000 to the individual or organization chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. The goal of this award is to enhance awareness of the critical role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. Deadline: 17 August 2015. Find out more


Mapping of the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace fund

Peace Direct has launched a unique online map showcasing €2.3 billion of peacebuilding projects supported by the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace fund. The new interactive map shows details of 292 peace projects in 80 countries funded by the world’s largest aid donor, including in Iraq, Ukraine and Syria. Projects on the map include small-scale work being implemented by local organisations, as well as larger initiatives run in collaboration with the UN and international NGOs. The projects can be searched by theme, year of operation and EU contract number. The map gives a useful overview of how funds are spent around the world as well as details on individual projects.

Global Peace Index 2015

The Global Peace Index, from the Institute from Economics and Peace, is an annual assessment of levels of peace around the world. The 2015 report has been released as both a narrative report and interactive map enabling independent exploration of the data.

Main results of the ‘Broader participation in political negotiation and implementation’ project 2011-2015

Broader Participation Project looked at the idea of inclusion and how it impacts the quality and sustainability of peace agreements. The project identified what factors lead to inclusion working effectively. In order to make its recommendations the research looked at 40 examples of peace and political transition agreements to see how inclusion has been worked in practice.

The impact of war on Somali men

The impact of war on Somali men, from the Rift Valley Institute, examines how 20 years of war has impacted men and ideas of masculinity in Somalia. Based on a series of interviews with both Somali men and women the report explores how ideas have changed and what this means for the future. According to the report, the findings have important implications for all kinds of peacebuilding and development interventions.

A new climate for peace: taking action on climate and fragility risks

A new climate for peace, commissioned by the G7 countries, is an extensive piece of research into how climate change is likely to affect violence, conflict, and instability. The research identifies seven key risks related to climate change, such as increased competition over resources. The report offers recommendations for mitigation and prevent instability related to climate change, one of which is to better support local actors in countries facing the negative effects of climate change.

Regime change for humanitarian aid: How to make relief more accountable

Regime change for humanitarian aid, an article in Foreign Affairs by Michael Barnett and Peter Walker, presents a humanitarian aid system in which power is too centralised and unable to cope with the increasingly complex emergencies the world faces. The authors argue for radical reform in the system in order to be more accountable and responsive to local needs.


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Indigenous schools: closure and militarisation? By Rey Ty: A dispute over the use of indigenous schools by the military is threatening to delay the start of the new school year in the Philippines. Rey Ty reports. Read more »

An update on Burundi By Burundi Local-Correspondent: Burundi continues to be rocked by violence as parliamentary and presidential elections loom closer. Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent, who is writing anonymously for security reasons, shares an update on the most recent events in the nation.Read more »

Chad: beyond the regional hegemon, a precarious regime By Victoria Madonna: Does Chad’s role as a regional hegemon mask internal instability? And what is the role of civil society in the country? Read more »

The causes and consequences of illegal immigration from Senegal By Mouhamadou Kane: Mouhamadou Kane discusses what pushes young Senegalese to attempt the dangerous voyage from North Africa to Europe. Read more »

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Attacks in Chad: our Local Correspondent responds By Bouyo Séverin: Bouyo Séverin, Peace Direct’s local correspondent, comments on recent violence in Chad. Read more »

The importance of local peacemaking in the Greater Horn of Africa By Kisuke Ndiku: Kisuke Ndiku on why local peacebuilding is essential to resolving conflict, but is often underutilised.Read more »

IOC meets IcSP: mapping EU peacebuilding projects around the world By Kevin McCann: Today, Insight on Conflict launches a key new feature: an interactive map displaying hundreds of EU-funded peacebuilding projects around the world. Read more »

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Zimbabwe on Insight on Conflict By Holly Spencer: Zimbabwe is the newest country covered by Insight on Conflict. Edward Chinhanhu is helping us expand our work. Read more »

Peacebuilding in Zimbabwe: how to build a healing strategy? By Edward Chinhanhu: Edward Chinhanhu discusses the need for a comprehensive peacebuilding strategy in Zimbabwe. Read more »

What future for children born of war? By Virginie Ladisch: Children born of war face social stigmatisation and other problems as they grow up. Virginie Ladisch explores how this can be tackled. Read more »

Nepal’s peace process in the aftermath of the earthquake

By Ambika Pokhrel: How the aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake has renewed the constitution writing process and may lead to peace and reconstruction.Read more »

Mothers of Srebrenica: the fight for truth and justice By Balkan Diskurs: After 20 years, the Mothers of Srebrenica are continuing their fight for truth and justice.Read more »

Peacebuilding in the Philippines: new coverage on Insight on Conflict By Isabelle Le Marois: Our new Local Correspondent, Rey Ty, is helping us to map peacebuilding work in our 8th Asian region, the Philippines. Read more »

Peace in the Philippines: time to go back to the negotiating table By Rey Ty: Trust between rebel movements and the Philippine government is low. As we launch a new section covering the region on Insight on Conflict, our Local Correspondent Rey Ty provides an update on events this year. Read more »

Local peacebuilding in Turkey’s Kurdish borderlands By Dilan Okcuoglu: The legacy of conflict, and the potential for peace, in the borderlands of Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan.Read more »

An update on Burundi By Burundi Local-Correspondent: Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent in Burundi is providing regular reports on violent protests which have gripped the country since late April this year. Read more »

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Strengthening community-level peacebuilding in Rwanda By Jean de Dieu Basabose: Why community-level reconciliation is an essential part of securing peace in Rwanda. Read more »