In our latest report Conducive Space for Peace distils the insights of more than 450 peacebuilders who during April, May and June 2020 engaged in consultations on the implications of the COVID-19 crisis for funding to local peacebuilding. Through virtual conversations, online platform sharing, livestreamed dialogues, group consultations, and a survey involving peacebuilders from more than 60 countries, Conducive Space for Peace explores the shifting funding landscape as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis.
Click here to read the full report and key findings and recommendations.
Some main take-aways:
Small local peacebuilding organisations are at the frontline of peacebuilding, also during the COVID-19 crisis, but they have been hardest hit by the crisis. Four out of five of local peacebuilders have experienced a reduction in their funding for peacebuilding following the onset of the pandemic and had their peacebuilding programmes suspended.
A re-commitment to the principles of the Grand Bargain is desperately needed; if the international peacebuilding and development institutions don’t act now sustainability of peacebuilding is at stake.
The COVID-19 crisis presents multiple challenges, but it can also be a portal for change; an opportunity to shift power to local peacebuilders and change the way of working. Perhaps it takes a crisis to truly see the critical role of local peacebuilders in both global and local efforts to build peace.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss our findings, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
For access to the printable version of the report, click here.