Peacebuilder Bulletin: October 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

Keepers of the Earth grant Keepers of the Earth grants are awarded to projects that empower Indigenous communities. A wide range of projects are covered, and few restrictions are placed on what type of project will be funded. All applicants must: Be Indigenous-led or represent an Indigenous-led project; Be a grassroots/local organisation or group; and Have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor. Deadline: 31 October 2014. 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

Sasakawa Peace Foundation The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) accepts grant proposals from eligible organizations/institutions in different categories. Grant can be requested for projects in two different categories – Regular Projects and Special Funds. Regular Projects are in fields considered important by SPF, such as peace building and human migration. Special Funds are projects addressing pressing issues in the Asian and Pacific Islands Regions. Deadline: 31 October 2014. 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


RISK Awards The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Global Risk Forum Davos and Munich Re Foundation jointly invite individuals, teams or institutions from all different sectors, including governmental bodies for Risk Award up to €100,000 to increase people’s resilience to risks and disasters. The primary aim of the award is to increase people’s resilience to risks and disasters, especially in developing countries. Deadline: 01 November 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


Politically smart, locally led development Politically smart, locally led development, from the Overseas Development Institute, presents seven examples of where aid donors have used “politically smart” and locally-led approaches to development. The examples show how this approach can often achieve better results than more traditional ways of working.

Beyond bandaids: Rebuilding market systems amidst catastrophe in South Sudan Beyond bandaids, from Mercy Corps, argues that the international response to the possibility of famine in South Sudan is insufficient and not doing enough top avert the crisis. Instead of short term, direct delivery aid, the paper calls for interventions that re-stimulates local markets.

Creating spaces for effective CVE approaches Creating spaces for effective CVE approaches, from USIP, looks at strategies for preventing violent extremism and radicalisation. Using Kenya as an example the paper stresses the importance of empathy and understanding when dealing with young people at risk of joining violent groups.

Women, peace and security in Afghanistan: looking back to move forward Women, peace and security in Afghanistan, from Equality for Peace and Development (an Afghan peacebuilding organisation) examines the role of women in Afghanistan’s peace process. Based on a series of consultations with female leaders and community members, the report recommends a greater role for the grassroots.

USIP Insights newsletter: Resilience Insights is a regular publication from USIP which examines major questions in the theory and practice of peacebuilding. The latest edition looks at the concept of resilience and how the idea is applied to peacebuilding. The paper includes an introduction to the concept, and examples of how it is used in practice.


Canada as a peacemaker in action By Gabriela Monica Lucuta: Canada’s role in developing “‘responsibility to protect” and the for wider inclusion of the concept in peacekeeping and peacebuilding Read more »

Peacebuilding with local citizens By Stacey L. Connaughton Ph.D, Grace Yeanay Mayson and Kai Kuang: How Liberia’s motorcycle taxi drivers are becoming part of efforts to minimize the likelihood of political violence. Read more »

War, peace and the second term of Colombia’s President Santos By Hasan Dodwell: What the reelection of President Santos means for the peace process in Colombia. Read more »

GDELT Global Dashboard: Big data for conflict resolution and peacebuilding By Charles Martin Shields: The GDELT Global Dashboard is a new tool for visualising conflict and protest events on a global scale.Read more »

South Sudan: a challenging space for civil society By Kisuke Ndiku: The challenges facing South Sudan as the country searches for peace. Read more »

Peacebuilder nations in action By Gabriela Monica Lucuta: Recent history of international peacebuilding and approaches to humanitarian intervention. Read more »

Our mission is to save life, not to take it By The Syrian Civil Defense: The Syrian Civil Defence is a group of volunteer first responders saving lives in the most dangerous place on earth. Here, one of them tells his story. Read more »

Post-Conflict Research Center wins Intercultural Innovation Award By Tim Bidey: Tim Bidey, from Post-Conflict Research Center, explains the difference that receiving the Intercultural Innovation Award will make for the organisation. Read more »

Natural resources and violence in Nigeria By Adan E. Suazo: Is unequal access to Nigeria’s mineral wealth partly to blame for the rise of Boko Haram? Read more »

Community based sociotherapy in Rwanda: healing a post-violent conflict society By Jean de Dieu Basabose: How “community based sociotherapy” is being used to heal the wounds of the past and build social cohesion in Rwanda. Read more »