Peacebuilder Bulletin: October 2013

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


Funding for organisations

World Bank’s SIEF Call for Proposals

The World Bank’s SIEF is a multi-donor trust fund, supported by DFID and administered by the World Bank’s Human Development Network. It has now announced its second call for proposals to improve the effectiveness of development policies by expanding the evidence base on the impact of scalable programs affecting human development outcomes. Deadline: 01 November 2013 Find out more

CIVICUS Funding to Conduct Local Dialogues for NGOs

CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation – an international alliance of members and partners which constitutes an influential network of organisations at the local, national, regional and international levels, and spans the spectrum of civil society – has announced a call for expressions of interest to convene partners to conduct locally initiated multistakeholder dialogues in the framework of its New Social Contract project. Deadline: 15 October 2013 Find out more

African Women’s Development Fund

The AWDF funds local, national, sub-regional and regional organisations in Africa working towards women’s empowerment. The AWDF is an institutional capacity-building and programme development fund, which aims to help build a culture of learning and partnerships within the African women’s movement. In addition to raising money and awarding grants, the AWDF will attempt to strengthen the organisational capacities of its grantees. Find out more

Tiet Foundation

The Tiet Foundation supports organisations worldwide in addressing issues in human rights that address challenges in a high-impact and low-cost way. The foundation is currently accepting applications for its grant programsDeadline: 30 November 2013. Find out more

University funding and training opportunities

Gates Cambridge Scholarships Program

Applications are accepted for Gates Cambridge Scholarships Program offered to international applicants to pursue full-time postgraduate studies in any subject offered by their University. This program is offered by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of this program is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Deadline 03 December 2013 Find out more

Westminster International Scholarships Program

University of Westminster is inviting applications for International Scholarships Program for which courses are offered by the University. The purpose of this program is to offer Scholarship according to the Academic excellence, financial need and development potential. Deadline: 01 November 2013. Find out more

2013-2014 Fellowships in International Human Rights

For recent graduates of law schools or graduate programs in journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide. Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, DC office or in some instances in another location. Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations. Deadline: 16 October 2013Find out more

CBA-Chevening scholarships Program

Applications are accepted for CBA-Chevening scholarships Program offered in the fields of International Journalism, Media and International Development, Media Management. Deadline: 1 November 2013Find out more

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

Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship for Women Applicants

The International Peace Research Association Foundation is pleased to invite applications for Senesh Fellowships Program in the fields of Peace and Development Studies. The objective of this program is to further the purposes and activities of the International Peace Research Association which has for the last fifty years sought to enhance the process of peace. Deadline: 15 January 2014Find out more


International Leader of Tomorrow Award

International applicants are invited to take part in International Leader of Tomorrow Award offered in the field of performing arts, sports, debating or creative writing, or external academic competitions and examinations. This award aims to recognize international undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, recognized achievement. Deadline: 10 December 2013Find out more

The Aftermath Project

The Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. Grant proposals should reflect an understanding of this mission. Proposals may relate to the aftermath of numerous kinds of conflict, not just international wars. Deadline: 11 November 2013Find 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


A Million Voices: The World We Want

"There are also calls for a truly transformative agenda to tackle the challenges that were not addressed in the MDGs, as well as those that are now becoming critical. Many of these issues were addressed in the Millennium declaration: inclusive growth and decent jobs, governance, peace and security, freedom from violence, and environmental sustainability. People are demanding a universal agenda that tackles challenges both for people and for the planet. Equality and non-discrimination also stood out as a key message: people are demanding justice, participation and dignity.There is no progress if people are left behind."

A Million Voices, from the UN Development Group, hopes to inform the debate around a successor framework to the Millennium development goals. It draws together the views of over one million people from all over the world who have taken part in a series of consultations, discussions and surveys, on what they want post-2015.

Non-conventional armed violence and non-state actors: challenges for mediation and humanitarian action

"New approaches to dealing with humanitarian and human rights abuses are needed to address the activities of violent actors in both these conflict and non-conflict contexts. This is partly an effect of the exposure of civilian populations to acts of extreme violence, which has become an intrinsic parts of armed groups’ strategic outlook – a means of ensuring local control, exercising rudimentary justice and engaging in asymmetric warfare."

Non-conventional armed violence and non-state actors, from NOREF, looks at trends in non-conventional armed violence and what this means for peacebuiding. The paper argues that the peacebuilding community has not yet developed a response the the challenges these forms of violence present, and suggests areas of policy and practice in need of further research.

Countering Violent Extremism: A Peacebuilding Perspective

Peacebuilders know also that working within existing local mechanisms, networks, and practices ensures the sustainability, relevance, and impact of any conflict prevention program.

Countering violent extremism, from USIP, examines how peacebuilding approaches can enhance countering violent extremism (CVE) practice. The report looks at the areas of weakness in CVE that peacebuilding can fill.

Common Strategies for Women in Transition Countries

"Across countries, lack of security for women leaders and their families is an overriding concern. Women also fear a major rollback of their rights, have been largely excluded from reconciliation and peacebuilding efforts, and still see significant walls between government and civil society. Many men and women in these four countries remain unaware of the rights women already have. Moreover, enforcement of laws that protect the rights of women is weak."

As part of an ongoing project to build a community of practice looking at supporting women in conflict and post-conflict environments, USIP gathered together 14 women leaders from Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, and Tunisia. Common Strategies for Women in Transition Countries summarises the discussion between them on the common problems affecting their countries.

The Power of Perceptions: Localizing International Peacebuilding Approaches

"The international community's priority was the restoration of the state because they saw the conflict as a breakdown of authority at the national level. The liberal state that the international community had foreseen was however hybridized with local authority structures in the course of its interaction with local perceptions and experiences. At the same time, international strategies eschewed or only belatedly included local priorities, such as reconciliation between antagonistic communities and land conflicts."

The Power of Perceptions, by Sara Hellmüller, looks at how different perceptions of the conflict in DR Congo influenced local and international peacebuilding strategies and the interaction between them. (Subscription required).


Religion and conflict: What is neutral space?

Joey Ager argues for a change in thinking toward religion in order to harness the creative power of faith to form lasting peace. Read more »

2013 prize winner: Peace Solutions International, Uganda and DR Congo

Peace Solutions International works refugees in Uganda to produce films that educate people how to build peace and motivates them to return home ready to do so. Read more »

2013 prize winner: Kapamagogopa, Philippines

Kapamagogopa counteracts prejudice between Muslims and Christians in the Philippines by introducing Muslim volunteers into organisations run by Christians. Read more »

2013 prize winner: Community Network for Social Justice, Uganda

CNSJ is working not only to rescue child soldiers kidnapped by Joseph Kony’s LRA but to ensure they have a meaningful place in communities they come home to. Read more »

2013 prize winner: Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó, Colombia

Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó is a community dedicated to proving that peaceful cohabitation is possible in Colombia even amidst the violence. Read more »

Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders awards 2013 – the winners

The winners of this year’s Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competition to find the world’s most exciting and innovative peacebuilding organisations have been announced. Read more »

Chronicle of a strike foretold: Protests and discontent in Colombia

Are recent protests in Colombia about more the land and farming, and be instead a part of a larger social movement? Read more »

Re-evaluating risk when localising aid

A new report from the ODI challenges the common perception that channeling aid through local rather than international actors is inherently more risky. Read more »

Local people seize a chance for peace in Southern Thailand

By Ismail Wolff: A tentative peace process is raising hopes of an end to the ten-year long insurgency in Southern Thailand. Read more »

Local peacebuilders demand an end to conflict in Kashmir

As Kashmir peace process falters and violence escalates, innocent people who are caught in the crossfire. Local peacebuilders want this to change. Read more »

Baraza Peace Courts: ensuring fair and non-punitive justice in DRC

The Baraza, community-led courts, ensure accessible, fair and non-punitive justice to communities in rural areas, where conflicts can quickly turn violent. Read more »

Inclusive peacebuilding in Nepal: challenges and opportunities

Current peacebuilding programmes in Nepal have come under widespread criticism that they’re not benefiting the people most affected by violence. Read more »

Breaking the silence: Colombian César López fights violence with music

An interview with Colombian musician César López, who, since 1994, has been challenging the violence in his country through his music. Read more »