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Lessons Learned and Good Practices from previous GYPI
- Successful proposals were able to articulate clearly the link between the proposed interventions and the intended peacebuilding outcome. Projects that focused on GBV or women’s movement building, for example, without a clear and demonstrable link to a peacebuilding results were not successful.
- Good proposals also proposed specific and tangible results based on a clear and thorough conflict analysis.
- Robust theories of change are required to show how capacity building and organizing of women’s peace constituencies can lead to concrete results.
- Proposals need to clearly define WHICH women will be engaged and explain HOW they will be identified.
- Successful proposals were able to demonstrate that they had been developed in consultation with youth organizations and reflected their priorities as well as an overall investment in them.
- Proposals need to define WHICH young people will be engaged and explain HOW they will be identified. One of the first activities of YPI projects should evolve around the targeting and identification of young people.
- Successful proposals linked youth’s empowerment and participation to positive peacebuilding outcomes. Proposals that focused on youth employment, often arguing that poverty was driving young people to violent groups and that employment for youth was a way to ensure stability, were not successful at convincing of their potential peacebuilding outcome.
- Projects that focus on cultural or sports activities to engage young people, need to demonstrate how they will contribute to peacebuilding related results in addition to the recreational and social benefits they might provide.
- Projects focusing on young people as political actors and/or engaged citizens (PBF’s stated priority, in line with its overall approach to peacebuilding), need to ensure a sound political analysis of the context.
- The gender dimension of the youth projects needs to be clearly articulated and defined.