Application Deadline: 17 June 2016
The Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) is pleased to announce the launch of the Fund’s
first Youth Promotion Initiative 2016 (YPI). The initiative is an expression of
the Fund’s commitment to inclusive peacebuilding, recognizing the role of young people
as central to the relevance and effectiveness of PBF’s overall peacebuilding portfolio.
Through this initiative, the Fund also seeks to advance the implementation of
the recently adopted Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security, which offers a new policy framework to support and engage young people as part of inclusive, participatory peacebuilding approaches.
Within this overarching mandate, the YPI aims to:
- Strengthen the participation of young women and young men within existing peacebuilding initiatives on the ground and within the PBF portfolio at country-level;
- Support innovative projects, focused on youth empowerment and participation,that have the potential for catalytic effects and peacebuilding outcomes;
- Enhance support to youth civil society organizations, and facilitate their partnership with international NGOs, Government and UN entities active in their country;
- Contribute to collective operational learning on youth-inclusive programming, through the gathering, analysis and dissemination of lessons learned and good practices.
The call for proposals is open to selected countries among those that have been declared eligible by the Secretary-General to receive PBF funding.
- Concept notes/project documents are prepared by UN entities and NGOs together with local partners in the programming countries. UN entities and NGOs must partner with national/ local NGOs/CSOs with demonstrated field presence and technical capacity to implement projects or project components in youth-inclusive peacebuilding. At least 40% of the budget should go to national NGOs/CSOs. UN entities and NGOs will be held accountable for funds disbursed to its partners for the implementation of the project.
- Concept notes can be submitted in English or French.
- The maximum amount of funding awarded per project will be US$1 million.
- For NGO applicants,the minimum amount per project will be US$300,000.
- For UN applicants, the minimum amount per project will be US$800,000.
- Projects should be completed within 18 months of the operational start-up date. There is no minimum duration. Cost-and no-cost extensions will be considered upon request, on a case-by-case basis, for projects having demonstrated concrete results and clear, reasonable justification.
- For UN applicants: the Fund will consider a maximum of two proposals per UN Country Team.
- Concept notes should be submitted by the Co-Chairs of the Joint Steering Committee, along with a cover letter stating that the projects have been endorsed by the UNCT. Where there is no Joint Steering Committee in place, the concept notes should be submitted by the most-senior UN official in the country. PBSO will not accept proposals sent directly from individual UN entities. Joint submissions are encouraged.
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