United Nations Peacebuilding Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative 2018: Call for Proposals.

Application Deadline: 16 September 2018 (TBC)

Do you have innovative ideas to promote the empowerment of women or youth for peacebuilding?

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund’s (PBF) Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative #GYPI is an expression of the Fund’s commitment to inclusive peacebuilding. It supports the empowerment of women and the advancement of gender equality and recognizes the role of young people as central to the relevance and effectiveness of PBF’s overall peacebuilding portfolio.

Through the initiative the PBF seeks to increase its impact and advance the implementation of the Secretary General’s Seven-Point Action Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding and Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, as well as Security Council resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security.

Preference will be given to innovative projects that attempt to try out new, creative interventions and approaches. This could include projects focused on:

  • Facilitating women’s and/or young people’s access to decision-making bodies
  • Innovative ways to integrate gender and/or youth in justice and SSR processes
  • Natural resource management and climate change mitigation
  • Women’s and/or young people’s role in preventing violent extremism and terrorism (in line with Security Council resolution 2242 and 2250)
  • Projects involving the use of social media and innovative technologies, etc.
  • YPI projects that focus on 1) young people’s agency and voice as peacebuilding actors; 2) issues around young peacebuilders as victims and the need for protection; 3) peacebuilding education; and 4) young women’s voices and agency.

Eligibility Requirements:

The call for proposals is open to UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes and CSOs in countries declared eligible by the Secretary-General to receive PBF funding in 2018:

  • Burundi
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Myanmar
  • Niger
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Yemen

Application Process:

The application process for GYPI will be conducted online for all applicants and will be structured in two stages:

Stage One

  • Applicants should register and submit their online application electronically. A Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) composed of PBSO and external experts will review the applications against the outlined criteria and invite selected ‘conditionally approved’ submissions to be developed into full proposals. Furthermore, PBSO will seek feedback on selected applications from the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and the PBF Joint Steering Committee.
  • Please note that applications for GYPI from both UN AFPs and CSOs can be submitted only through the online system. Proposals submitted by e-mail, regular post or any other channel will not be considered.

Stage Two

  • UN entities and CSOs whose submission was selected during the first stage have six weeks to develop and submit a full project proposal (full proposal template will be shared with successful stage 1 applicants). The PAC will reconvene to review the full proposals and make its final selection of projects. All final project documents will be shared with the country’s mission to the UN by PBSO.


Call for online applications 1 May 2018
Opening of the online application portal 1 June 2018
Deadline for online application stage 1 17 June 2018
Communication of conditional approval (and invitation to develop full stage 2 project proposal) or rejection of stage 1 applications by the Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) On or about the first week of August 2018
Deadline for submission of full stage 2 project proposals 16 September 2018 (TBC)
Communication of final decision for stage 2 submissions by PAC Second week of October 2018 (TBC)
Financial assessment by Administrative Agent (MPTFO) November 2018 (TBC)

Please note: Decisions made by the Project Appraisal Committee and communicated by PBSO will be final and cannot be appealed in any way. PBSO also may adjust the timeline during the process.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UN Peacebuilding Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative 2018


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