Call for Proposals: Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund in Iraq

Deadline: 8 June 2019

The UN has launched the second $2 million allocation of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund in Iraq in partnership with the Government of Iraq and the civil society, and with the generous support from the UK and Austria.

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UN Women will welcome online proposals from national and local civil osciety organizations and women’s grassroots and community-based organizations that are high impact, innovatiove and responed directly to the following objectives: Enabiling environment for the implementation of the Women Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda commitments and confilict prevention.


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With its 2nd funding cycle (USD 2,700,000 million), the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund will fund qualifying projects in Iraq that contribute to one of the following Outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: An enabling environment for the implementation of WPS commitment: This can be achieved through evidence-based advocacy and technical support to ensure the adoption of quality, locally relevant accountability frameworks that meet emerging threats and challenges (including violent extremism), and that address attitudinal and cultural biases.
  • Outcome 2: Conflict prevention: Women’s meaningfully participation in conflict prevention can only materialize if three conditions are in place. First, favourable attitudes of parties to the conflict & communities towards women’s participation in conflict prevention must be promoted. Second, local women’s organizations must have the capacity to identify and respond to threats by establishing networks, early-warning systems and mechanisms that offer opportunities for dialogue and peacefully engagement. Finally, women’s conflict prevention mechanisms must be connected to national and international reporting and response systems.
  • Outcome 3: Humanitarian/crisis response planning, frameworks and programming which is informed by gender analysis and needs assessments: This requires both the technical tools as well as direct support to local women’s organizations to engage effectively in humanitarian planning and programming.

Funding Information

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  • The WPHF will grant up to 2,700,000 million USD over two years to Iraq.
  • Project proposals should be for no less than 100,000 USD and no more than 300,000 USD.
  • The maximum project duration is 2 years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • National and local Civil Society Organizations; women’s grassroots and community-based organizations. Joint projects are encouraged.
  • The Applicant Organizations must have legal status with the competent national, regional or local authority (of an eligible country). A proof of legal registration (or legal status) are a required attachment for any grant application. Applications without clear proof of legal status will be considered incomplete and will be withdrawn from the application process. Note that articles of incorporation are not proof of legal status.
  • Organizations may not submit more than one application.

How to Apply

Application packages can be emailed at the address given on the website.

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