Deadline: 27 April 2020
Is your organization, or an organization you know, making creative use of technology as a tool to resolve conflict and build peace? Whether it’s through mobile phones, websites, social media, radio, or another digital channel, Peace Direct wants to hear from you!
The eighth annual Peace Direct Awards are now open for applications. The awards highlight the inspiring work that grassroots groups are doing to establish peace and rebuild communities in conflict-affected areas around the world.
These awards are designed to support peacebuilding work. They use the definition from the respected ‘Reflecting on Peace Practice’ project, that peacebuilders should be working toward two basic goals:
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- Stopping violence and destructive conflict; and
- Building just and sustainable peace.
Your organization should be either entirely dedicated to peacebuilding work or have peacebuilding as a substantial part of its overall work.
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One prize will be decided in one category:
Technology in peacebuilding: Your organization should use available technology in an innovative way, such as a website, social media, mobile phone, text messaging, radio or other broadcasting method, etc. This should be evidenced in your ongoing practice and policies.
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The winning organization will receive $10,000 and online promotion of its work. One person from the organization will be invited to the United States to receive the award at the annual PeaceCon conference in December in Washington, D.C., where the winner can meet other peacebuilders and supporters.
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- In order to be eligible to enter, you must:
- Be undertaking peacebuilding work: Your organization will be either a peacebuilding organization or have peacebuilding as a substantial element of your work. Prize money may only be used for costs directly related to peacebuilding, or core costs related to supporting your peacebuilding work.
- Be locally based: Your organization must be based in the country/communities where your work will be done.
- Be an independent organisation, not an in-country or satellite organization of an international NGO.
- Not be a former winner of the Peace Direct Awards or current partner organization of Peace Direct.
- All applications must be submitted in English. They appreciate that many applicants will not speak English as a first language, and entries will be judged based on the quality of the peacebuilding plans and not on the standard of the language used.
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The awards are designed to reward innovative peacebuilding organizations with the potential to build sustainable peace in their communities. The awards aim to recognize organizations trying new/different peacebuilding approaches or new organizations doing peacebuilding where it hasn’t been done before. Applications stand a greater chance of success if they clearly demonstrate that the organization meets this objective. Entries will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Impact: clear potential to demonstrably prevent violence or build peace.
- Community support: able to demonstrate community support for projects, for example through voluntary efforts of community members.
- Innovation: offering a new approach, original thinking, or working in an area where there has previously been few peacebuilding activities.
- Sustainability: likely to be able to continue working after the funding from the award has been used.
For more information, visit https://www.peacedirect.org/peace-direct-awards-2020/