International Alert is calling on civil society groups to submit proposals for the Peacebuilding through Capacity Enhancement and Civic Engagement (PeaCE) programme.
This is a European Union funded programme that we are implementing alongside the Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) in Armenia and Azerbaijan and the Caucasus Research Resource Center in Georgia (CRRC-Georgia). It began in January 2017 and is running for 36 months.
The PeaCE programme aims to re-engage Armenians and Azerbaijanis from areas affected by the Nagorny Karabakh conflict in peacebuilding activities, as well as revive the peacebuilding process within and between these societies.
It expects that interested civil society and grassroots actors will be able to contribute to bridging the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict divide through implementing innovative in-country, bilateral or multilateral peacebuilding initiatives.
The programme comprises of three major components:
Sub-grants and sub-contracts
International Alert and other implementing partners will provide sub-grants and sub-contracts to civil society actors for proposals that can significantly contribute to the objectives of the PeaCE programme.
These will be awarded under the following three categories:
- Travel Funds will be provided to individuals who need funding to meet up with each other to discuss peacebuilding initiatives. Download the call for proposals and the application form.
- Peacebuilding Funds will be provided to actors who propose viable peacebuilding initiatives. Download the call for proposals and the application form. The application deadline has now been extended to Monday 5 June 2017.
- Invited Funds will be provided to targeted actors who have a clear and relevant strategy to implement peacebuilding initiatives.
Civil Society Organisation (CSO) capacity-building
The Eurasia Partnership Foundation will use its methodology for measuring and strengthening the internal capacities of local NGOs, which includes the Capacity Enhancement Tool (CET) and the CSO Management School.
Beneficiaries of the sub-grants and sub-contracts will have an opportunity to undergo an evaluation via CET to check their internal organisational capacities and capability to implement their proposed project.
Some of the beneficiaries will be offered a capacity-building opportunity through participation in the CSO Management Schools or in a prolonged mentoring focusing on improving their financial and project management skills, specifically related to the aspects of peacebuilding work.
Conflict Transformation School
The Conflict Transformation School (CTS) aims to build a new generation of peacebuilders, including state employees. It teaches students to become ‘transformers of conflict’.
In total 120 young Armenians and Azerbaijanis from areas affected by the Nagorny Karabakh conflict will take part in CTS in-country workshops during the term of the PeaCE programme. The CTS regional discussions will get together a select group of participants from these workshops to talk about conflict transformation. These discussions will allow participants to establish personal ties, build trust, keep the dialogue going and elaborate on further bi-lateral peacebuilding initiatives.
Towards the end of the PeaCE programme, togther with our partners we will organise an International Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, to present the achievements and lessons learned.