Offer: PEACE DIRECT - TOMORROW’S PEACEBUILDERS (competition) - Deadline for applications: 9 August 2013
PEACE DIRECT - TOMORROW’S PEACEBUILDERS
Peace Direct believes that in every conflict there are local organisations doing remarkable work to prevent violence and build peace. And we should know – since 2004, we have sent over £2 million in funding to dozens of peacebuilding groups across Africa, Asia and Latin America, and we’ve mapped and profiled 700 more on our website Insight on Conflict.
Now, we are launching ‘Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders’, a new competition to find the best emerging peacebuilding organisations.
Four winning entries will be selected. Each winning entry will receive:
$4,000 funding for peacebuilding activities
The opportunity to attend a Peace Direct peacebuilder conference or visit another peacebuilding organisation
Promotion of their work online
This competition is designed to support peacebuilding work. We use the definition from the respected ‘Reflecting on Peace Practice‘ project, that peacebuilders should be working towards two basic goals:
o Stopping Violence and Destructive Conflict; and
o Building Just and Sustainable Peace.
Your organisation should be either entirely dedicated to peacebuilding work, or have peacebuilding as a substantial part of your overall work.
See page 12 of ‘Confronting War’ for more information on this definition of peacebuilding: http://www.cdainc.com/cdawww/pdf/book/confrontingwar_Pdf1.pdf
This is a global competition.
There is no geographical restriction on applications.
In order to be eligible to enter, you must:
a) be a registered organisation or community association, established for at least 2 years;
b) be undertaking peacebuilding work: your organisation will be either a peacebuilding organisation or have peacebuilding as a substantial element of your work;
c) have a maximum annual turn-over of $40,000 or less;
d) be locally based. Your organisation must be based in the country/communities where your work will be done. Your organisation should be an independent organisation, not an in-country or satellite organisation of an international NGO.
In order to help decide whether to enter or not, we recommend you read our Guidance Notes (English, French, Spanish) and Terms and Conditions (English, French, Spanish).
The competition is designed to reward innovative peacebuilding organisations with the potential to build sustainable peace in their communities. Entries will be assessed against the following criteria:
1. Impact: clear potential to demonstrably prevent violence or build peace;
2. Community support: able to demonstrate community support for project, for example through voluntary efforts of community members;
3. Innovation: offering a new approach or original thinking. This does not mean that you have to be doing something entirely new, but what makes your project stand out as different from other projects?
4. Sustainability: likely to be able to last beyond the one year funding award;
5. Media and community skills: groups with the capacity or desire to share their successes and challenges, via blog posts or other media, to inspire other peacebuilding activists.
• We are interested in finding organisations who have both:
o Some track record in peacebuilding. If you have never previously undertaken peacebuilding work, you will not be able to win;
o The potential to grow and expand. In your application, try and show how the prize money will help you scale up your organisation, and even more importantly, scale up the impact of your work;
• In presenting your plans, remember to focus on the impact of your work, and not just on what activities will take place;
• Remember that outsiders may not know or understand the problems in your community or country. It is important to outline the problem or conflict you are addressing;
• Present realistic plans. What will change as a result of you winning the competition? You may not be able to solve the conflict in your country in one year, but what change can you make?
• Use clear language to describe your work and avoid using jargon or technical terms unless absolutely necessary.
How to enter
a) In order to enter, please download and return the application form.
b) All applications must be submitted in English, French or Spanish. However, we would prefer to receive applications completed in English. If you are not comfortable writing your answers in English, we encourage you to have a friend or colleague translate your application into English prior to submission. If these options are not possible, we will accept applications in French and Spanish as well.
c) Send completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
d) Please ensure the total size of email attachments does not exceed 25mb.
e) Emails larger than 25mb will be rejected by our email system.
If you have any questions about the competition, please look at our list of frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, please contact email@example.com
All entrants must be received by 9 August 2013.
However, we strongly recommend applying as early as possible.
We will review applications as they are submitted to ensure the information is included correctly, and so early applications have a greater chance of success.
The winners will be announced on the International Day of Peace, September 21st.
In the longer term, Peace Direct will use this competition as part of our processes to find partner organisations that we can further fund and help to scale up their work.