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UN Peacebuilding Fund Opens Third Women and its First Youth Initiative to NGOs


PLEASE NOTE: this call for proposals was amended on 27 May 2016. The updated details are available here.

New York, 18 May 2016 – Combining two firsts, the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund called for proposals for its newly launched Youth Promotion Initiative (YPI) from not only UN entities but also for the first time from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the Fund announced Wednesday.

The PBF also announced that its third Gender Promotion Initiative (GPI 3) will be open to NGOs for the first time. The calls will accept proposals for projects in the following countries: Central African Republic, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Sri Lanka.

“We are responding to recommendations of the joint Resolutions on the Peacebuilding Architecture to work more directly with civil society by opening up these calls to NGOs, as well as UN entities,” said Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding. “This is an exciting and historic change for the PBF, one we hope will extend the kind of coherence across the UN system that PBF funding is able to induce to a broader network of peacebuilding partners.”

Similar to past calls, the GPI 3 supports women’s contributions to sustainable peace within the interventions it funds. The Initiative is part of PBF’s commitment to meeting the Secretary-General’s target that at least 15% of UN efforts support women and girls’ empowerment. PBF met this target for the first time in 2015 — one of only three entities in the entire UN system to achieve this goal. Recognising that the 15% target should be a floor and not a ceiling, PBF anticipates that GPI 3 will enable it to exceed its 2015 mark.

The Youth Promotion Initiative follows on the December 2015 Security Council Resolution 2250, on Youth, Peace and Security. This Resolution recognized the important positive contribution of youth to peace and provides a framework to support their efforts. The PBF’s initiative is the first dedicated call for proposals in response to the Resolution within the UN system.

Being launched in tandem, the PBF seeks to underscore the importance of these two frequently under-recognized and under-supported sets of peace actors and encourages approaches that are mutually reinforcing of both agendas.