Peacebuilder Bulletin: June 2015

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


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


Project Inspire 2015 Project Inspire is a joint initiative from the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard, to help young change-makers create a better world for women and girls in Asia and the Pacific. Project Inspire presents 18-35 year olds with a five-minute platform to pitch their inspired idea, for the chance to win a US$25,000 grant. Deadline: 01 July 2015. Find out more

North-South Prize 2015 The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has launched the call for nominations for the North-South Prize 2015. All suggestions for candidates who have distinguished themselves in promoting North-South solidarity are welcomed. Deadline: 10 July 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.

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.


Local engagement with armed groups in the midst of violence Local engagement with armed groups in the midst of violence, from Conciliation Resources, explores how local actors are engaging with active armed groups in order to reduce violence. The publication includes an overview of the issues and presents four case studies – from Colombia, Northern Ireland, Uganda, and Syria – which look at how such local engagement has worked in practice.

Local perspectives on inclusive peacebuilding: a four-country case study Local perspectives on inclusive peacebuilding, from the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, presents the findings of a series of consultations in Somalia, Timor-Leste, Liberia, and Myanmar on how peacebuilding and inclusivity is viewed locally. Based on these findings the paper provides a series of recommendations as to how international peacebuilding can better ensure inclusivity.

Peace and corruption: lowering corruption – a transformative factor for peace Peace and corruption, from the Institute for Economics and Peace, looks at the relationship between corruption and peace. The report argues that corruption has an important role in creating the conditions for violent conflict. The report identifies a ‘tipping point’ whereby small increases in corruption lead to large decreases in peace. According to the report, 64 countries are at or near this point.

A climate of conflicts? A climate of conflicts, from PRIO, examines the link between climate change and conflict. The paper finds there is little evidence climate change will lead directly to an increase in violent conflict. However, climate change may have an indirect effect through other mechanisms, such as migration, food insecurity, and economic shocks.

Sharing and exploring Pacific approaches to dialogue: a compendium of case studies from Pacific island countries Sharing and exploring Pacific approaches to dialogue, from the UNDP, is a series of 10 case studies looking at specific examples of peacebuilding and dialogue practices in the Pacific region.


Sierra Leone’s constitutional crisis: what it means for peace By Abdul Brima: As Sierra Leone tries to hang on to its fragile peace, Abdul Brima reports on the onset of a new political crisis and what this means for peace. Read more »

How Syrians are restarting life in Istanbul By Pedro Valarini: Pedro Valarini looks at how Syrian refugees are restarting their lives in Istanbul, Turkey. Read more »

Central African Republic Peace Exchange By Kevin McCann: Peace Direct is bringing together peacebuilders in the Central African Republic to try and halt the violence there. Read more »

Transitional justice in Mali: opportunities and challenges By Daniel Ozoukou: A peace deal in Mali has been marred by violence and disagreement. Daniel Ozoukou discusses the prospects of the agreement making a lasting impact. Read more »

Community cohabitation around Lake Chad By Elie Djimbarnodji: Elie Djimbarnodji discusses the causes and consequences of community troubles around Lake Chad.Read more »

Introducing Bouyo Séverin: providing insight on Chad for Insight on Conflict By Bouyo Séverin: Insight on Conflict’s new Local Correspondent in Chad, Bouyo Séverin, discusses peacebuilding issues in Chad. Read more »

How sport can create peace in Zimbabwe By Brian Canever and Sarah Hillyer: The legacy of Nelson Mandela is helping to promote reconciliation in Zimbabwe. Brian Canever and Sarah Hillyer discuss sport as a tool for peacebuilding. Read more »

Insight on Conflict: local knowledge with global impact By Kevin McCann: Peace Direct has been responding to events in Burundi and Myanmar this week, demonstrating the value of local knowledge. Read more »

A call for peace in Burundi By Insight on Conflict: As the situation in Burundi deteriorates, local peacebuilders are calling for peace. You can help spread their message. Read more »

Storytelling for peace By Kirthi Jayakumar: How storytelling can be a powerful tool for peacebuilding. Read more »

Breaking news: Burundian ‘coup d’état’ By Kevin McCann: Local and international news sources say that army leaders have attempted to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza. Read more »

Telling their story: reflections on war By Balkan Diskurs: Jessica Kuntz spoke to war correspondent Rémy Ourdan about his work telling stories of modern-day conflict for future generations. Read more »

Can tribal institutions help rebuild Yemen? By Najwa Adra: Najwa Adra discusses the role that tribal political structures must play for long-term peace and development in the country. Read more »

Corruption and the arms industry: a burden on peacebuilding? By Katrina Kilkenny: Transparency International recently presented the results of its 2015 Defence Anti-Corruption Index. Katrina Kilkenny discusses what it means for peacebuilding. Read more »

Yemeni conflict: politics, policy and people By Helen Lackner: Helen Lackner discusses the conflict in Yemen and the devastating impact it is having on the Yemeni people. Read more »

Rebuilding Nepal: the next steps By Subindra Bogati: Subindra Bogati and Katie Wand of Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative share their experiences of distributing aid in Nepal. Read more »

Women in Yemen: a force for change By Daniel Martin Varisco: Yemeni women have been at the forefront of peace efforts during the current violence in the country. Dan Varisco discusses the conflict and its impact. Read more »