2019 N-Peace Grants for Sri Lanka: Strengthening Community Resilience through Social Cohesion Programmes

Deadline: 30 August 2019

The N-Peace Network is seeking applications for its 2019 N-Peace Small Grants program for Sri Lanka.

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The small grants component aims to support civil society action on the ground in implementing the women, peace and security agenda, and will focuses on three of the four pillars of the WPS agenda:

  • participation – ensuring women’s equal participation in the decision making process;
  • protection – protecting and promoting the rights of women in conflict affected situations; and,
  • prevention – preventing conflict and all forms of violence against women in conflict and post conflict situations.

Sri Lanka has taken effective steps towards gender equality in education and economic inclusion. Though women’s participation is guaranteed by the Constitution, women’s representation in national parliament has remained stagnant at 5-6% over the last two decades, al beit women making up nearly 52% of the population.

In the aftermath of the Easter Attacks, concerted efforts towards social cohesion and gender equality must be taken to address root causes of the civil war and rise to meet new peace challenges. This year the N-Peace CSO Grants for Sri Lanka will support women’s networks in strengthening community resilience through social cohesion programmes; including inter-faith dialogues, addressing root causes of tensions, women’s mediation networks and explorations of new points of conflict.

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Grant Categories

  • Category 1: Interfaith Women, Peace and Security Networks
    • This category aims to support civil society networks using interfaith dialogues to address Women, Peace and Security concerns art local and national levels. Organizations must be able to demonstrate how to interfaith dialogues and women’s network formation will address contemporary peace concerns.
    • The proposed initiative must:
      • Articulate the tools that will be used to facilitate interfaith dialogue;
      • Have identifiable network members from diverse ethno-religious backgrounds;
      • Interventions must address context specific Women, Peace and Security; and
      • Have defined key beneficiaries at local and national levels.
  • Category 2: Community-based collectives for women’s Inclusion and Social Cohesion
    • This category will help to strengthen first response to tensions in different communities in the country to any threat of extremism and/or other forms of conflict by engaging women through community-based collectives. Organizations must be able to demonstrate how women’s networks can be equipped with conflict-resolution, mediation skills to facilitate community level collectives that are able to advocate for the inclusion of women in different district, provincial or national level Bodies. These include increasing the participation of women in community mediation boards, leadership levels, political participation among others.
    • The proposed initiative must further:
      • Identify points of tension within local communities,
      • Demonstrate clear training methodology of women’s networks to provide mediation services;
      • Address context specific Women, Peace and Security implementation c challenges; and
      • Have identifiable key beneficiaries at community level and provincial levels.
  • Category 3: Changing the Narrative-Media for Women, Peace and Security
    • This category recognizes the growing prominence of gendered narratives in peace and security, and further aims to provide support to civil society to galvanize the potential for traditional journalism and digital technology as a tool for WPS advocacy.
      • The proposed initiative must further:
      • Demonstrate how media will be used to address WPDS concerns;
      • Explore aforementioned media is used in violent extremism; and
      • Have identifiable beneficiaries of the project at both local and national levels.

Grant Information

Grant request should be between USD $5,000 – USD $ 30,000.

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Duration of grant agreement: 6 months.

Eligibility Criteria

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CSOs who demonstrate competency in the following areas are eligible to apply:

  • Legal Status: legal status either in Sri Lanka.
  • Mandate, policies and governance: CSOs that are under a not-for-profit mandate, have a clear organizational structure and share UNDPs principles of human development, particularly the principles of equality and non-discrimination;
  • Constituency and external support: Clear constituency and proof of partnerships with other CSOs, private sector or governments; and
  • Capacity for Project Management: Technical, managerial, administrative and financial capacity to implement the project

How to Apply

To apply, applicants must fill the nomination form and the capacity assessment form. Send the proof of legal status and the CVs via email at the address given on the website.

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For more information, please visit http://n-peace.net/cso-grants/sri-lanka/

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