United Nations Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund’s (PBF) Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative 2020

Application Deadline: June 1st 2020

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 important and positive role young people play in peacebuilding.

Through the initiative the PBF seeks to increase its peacebuilding impact and advance the implementation of the Secretary General’s Seven-Point Action Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding, Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and others on Women, Peace and Security, and Security Council resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security.

This year’s GYPI will focus on two specific thematic areas:

1.     Women and youth leadership: Supporting women and youth leadership, representation and participation in peacebuilding processes and implementation of peace agreements.

2.     Protection of women and youth peacebuilders: Promoting human rights and protection of women and youth peacebuilders and human rights defenders.

In addition, preference will be given to:

  • Joint UN-CSO projects, projects implemented by national CSOs and projects that demonstrate strong partnerships with women- and youth-led organizations. 
  • Projects that specifically target lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) youth.


UN agencies, funds and programmes:

  • Maximum of two GPI and two YPI proposals per UNCT
  • Grants from $800,000 to $1,5 million per project
  • UNCTs can submit joint UN proposals with up to three direct recipient UN organizations per project
  • UNCTs can submit joint UN-CSO proposals with up to two direct recipient UN organizations and one direct recipient CSO per project
  • UN Peace Operations and Special Political Missions cannot be direct recipient organizations but are encouraged to support GYPI projects as implementing partners

Civil society organizations:

  • Maximum of two GPI and two YPI proposals per CSO globally
  • Grants from $300,000 to $1,5 million per project
  • CSOs can apply with independent CSO proposals (submitted by the CSO) or joint UN-CSO proposals (submitted by the UNCT)
  • CSOs organized in federations, confederations or umbrella organizations with independent international or national chapters will be considered as one organization for the purpose of this special call

Eligibility Requirements:

The call for proposals is open in countries that are currently formally declared eligible by the Secretary-General to receive PBF funding in 2020:

  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • El Salvador
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • The Gambia

Types of proposals

The GYPI welcomes proposals from both civil society organizations (CSOs) and UN agencies, funds and programms (UN AFPs). All applicants interested in applying to the GYPI are advised to reach out to the PBF Secretariat in the project country for guidance. In 2020, the GYPI accepts three types of project proposals:

  1. Joint UN proposals: with up to three UN entities as direct fund recipients (to be submitted by the convening UN recipient after receiving the endorsement from the RC/SRSG/DSRSG)
  2. Joint UN-CSO proposals: with up to two UN entities and one CSO as direct fund recipients (to be submitted by the convening UN recipient after receiving the endorsement from the RC/SRSG/DSRSG)
  3. CSO proposals: with one CSO as direct fund recipient (to be submitted by the CSO independently)

Guidelines for Proposals

  • Projects must be submitted in English, French or Spanish
  • Project duration is maximum 18 months
  • Projects must set aside at least 5 to 7 per cent of the budget for monitoring and evaluation, including final independent evaluation and financial audit
  • Projects must allocate at least 40 per cent of the requested grant to national/local civil society partners, in particular women- and youth-led organizations
  • GPI projects must be a Gender Marker 3
  • YPI projects must be a Gender Marker 2 or 3

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the PBF Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative 2020


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