Peacebuilder Bulletin: November 2014

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


Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace

The conflict prevention, peacebuilding and crisis preparedness component of the European Union’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace aims to support measures building and strengthening the capacity of the EU and its partners to prevent conflict and build peace and stability. With the aim to continue supporting in-country civil society actors globally, in their endeavours to prevent conflicts and build peace, it is envisaged to launch local calls for proposals or award direct grants. Find out more

Funding for organisations

Supporting innovation in Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilding The USIP Grantmaking call for Israeli and Palestinian initiatives is designed to support peacebuilding programs in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Priority areas include, but are not limited to: engaging youth and/or religious communities in conflict prevention and conflict resolution initiatives; inclusion of diverse cross-sections of Israeli and/or Palestinian societies; and programming or analytical work with a strong focus on Gaza. Deadline: 5 January 2015. Find out more

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

African Women’s Development Fund for Organizations working on women Empowerment in Africa Organizations working on Women Empowerment in Africa apply to the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) for institutional capacity-building and program development. The AWDF supports local, national, sub-regional and regional organisations in Africa with the grant money to strengthen their organizational capacity. 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

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) accepts grant applications from organizations, groups, associations, institutions working for the overall development of southern African people, throughout the year. Grants are available of up to $50,000. 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

The OSISA Grants for Southern African Organizations The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) invites civil society or state actors in human rights, justice and the rule of law; democracy and governance; and social and economic justice for 2015 funding. Applicants can be from one of the following Southern African countries – Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Deadline: 30 November 2014 Find out more

United Nations Democracy Fund The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy. UNDEF projects are two years long, project grants ranging from $100,000 to $300,000, and fall under one or more of six main focus areas: community development; rule of law and human rights; tools for democratization; media; women; and youth. Deadline: 31 December 2014 Find out more

Global Religious Freedom and Rule of Law The US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor announces a request for proposals from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that will promote democracy, human rights, and religious freedom through a global program that includes one or more of the following countries/regions: Angola, Laos, Vietnam, Morocco, Peru, and Central Asia. Other countries would be considered as appropriate. Deadline: 12 January 2015 Find out more


Civil Society Leadership Award The Civil Society Leadership Awards provide fully funded master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities. Deadline: 15 December 2014 Find out more

The WISE Awards The 2015 WISE Awards will celebrate six innovative educational projects for their excellence and positive contribution to education and society. The Awards highlight initiatives found to be most creative and effective in finding solutions to education challenges at any level and in all environments. Deadline: 15 January 2015 Find out more

Global Peacemakers Fellowship The Master of Arts in Interfaith Action at Claremont Lincoln University seeks applications for its inaugural Global Peacemakers Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. In an effort to educate the next generation of interfaith peacemakers, Claremont Lincoln will offer fully funded fellowships to eligible students to pursue a M.A. in Interfaith Action.Deadline: 02 December 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


Conflicts of the future (Building Peace, issue 4) Building Peace is a regular publication from the Alliance for Peacebuilding which looks at some of the most pressing issues facing peacebuilding. The latest issue focuses on how to foresee and prevent future conflicts. It includes articles on peacebuilding technology, conflict minerals, and crime.

Elections and violent conflict in Kenya: making prevention stick Elections and violent conflict in Kenya, from USIP, attempts to understand how Kenyan’s experienced the 2013 elections. The elections in 2007 were followed by widespread violence. Considerable effort was made to ensure the violence was not repeated in 2013. The fact that violence appeared not to reoccur was seen as a great success. However, the experiences of local people suggest that the efforts were not as successful as they appeared.

Rhetoric or reality? Putting affected people at the centre of humanitarian action Rhetoric or reality, from ALNAP, discusses current approaches and methods of putting local voices, experiences, and capacity at the centre of humanitarian action. The paper looks at some best practices and challenges for engaging with local people.

Women and inclusive peacebuilding in Afghanistan Women and inclusive peacebuilding in Afghanistan, from Oxfam, looks at Oxfam’s “Within and without the state” programme, building the capacity of civil society in Afghanistan to promote participation of marginalised groups. The report shares the key learnings from the project.

Stealing the revolution: violence and predation in Libya Stealing the revolution, from NOREF, examines what is driving the escalation of violence and the proliferation of armed groups in Libya. The paper finds that a key cause of violence are various groups seeking to secure territory and resources in the absence of a functional state.

Social cohesion and community based protection mechanisms in Chad and Burundi Social cohesion and community based protection mechanisms in Chad and Burundi, from the North-South Institute, examines the linkages between social cohesion, child protection mechanisms and peacebuilding. The research is drawn from case studies of communities in Chad and Burundi.


Time for real democracy for Bosnia? By Tim Bidey: Bosnia’s complicated constitutional setup is a hindrance to change. Reforming it would help the country secure its future. Read more »
Terrorism in the Sahel: fighting the enemy within, from within By Oumarou Gado: Incorporating informal leadership structures into dialogue is vital to building peace in the Sahara Read more »The role of social media in the South Sudan crisis By Khamis Cosmas: To what extent did social media fuel the recent violence in South Sudan? Read more »

Revisiting resource redistribution in conflicts over water By Adan E. Suazo: What does the decreasing availability of water mean for peacebuilding?Read more »

Clans, conflicts and devolution in Mandera, Kenya By Aden Abdi: A mixture of robust conflict management, good governance and addressing historical injustices are key to a durable solution, not just in Mandera but across the whole of northern Kenya. Read more »

Would a peacebuilding strategy respond to Nigeria’s unanswered questions? By Charles Kwuelum: Why Nigeria needs a comprehensive strategy for building peace and reconciliation that puts local voices at the centre. Read more »
Finding peace for Nagorno-Karabakh By Tugce Ercetin: How is peacebuilding being approached in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict? Read more »
Tossamaidan: a peaceful resolution of a Himalayan conflict By Ashima Kaul: How local people in the Kashmir Himalayas shut down an army firing range. Read more »