The PBF Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative #GYPI2019

About GYPI

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund’s (PBF) Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative #GYPI2019 is an expression of the Fund’s commitment to inclusive peacebuilding. It supports the empowerment of women and the advancement of gender equality and recognizes the role of young people as central to the relevance and effectiveness of PBF’s overall peacebuilding portfolio.

Through the initiative the PBF seeks to increase its impact and advance the implementation of the Secretary General’s Seven-Point Action Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding, Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and others on Women, Peace and Security, and Security Council resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security.

GYPI 2019 applications have now closed!

The aims for the Gender and Youth Promotion Initiatives are to:

Gender Promotion Initiative

  • Support innovative projects, focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment with the potential for catalytic effect and peacebuilding outcomes;
  • Strengthen the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment within existing prevention and peacebuilding initiatives;
  • Contribute to collective operational learning on gender-responsive programming;
  • Accelerate implementation of the Secretary-General Seven-Point Action Plan and its commitment to increase funding of gender-responsive peacebuilding projects; and
  • Maintain and improve performance against the Secretary-General’s target of allocating a minimum of fifteen per cent of all peacebuilding funding to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Youth Promotion Initiative

  • Support innovative projects, focused on youth empowerment and participation, that have the potential for catalytic effects and peacebuilding outcomes;
  • Strengthen the participation of young women and young men within existing prevention and peacebuilding initiatives;
  • Enhance support to youth civil society organizations, and facilitate their partnership with international CSOs, Government and UN entities active in their country;
  • Contribute to collective operational learning on youth-inclusive programming.
  • Support the implementation of Security Council resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security.

Preference will be given to innovative projects that attempt to test out new, creative ideas and approaches. Innovation can mean many different things to different people in different contexts. In the context of the PBF, innovation does not have a set definition and encompasses new ways of making peacebuilding processes more effective, inclusive and sustainable.

In particular, following recent research and policy efforts that highlighted the on-going barriers faced by women and young people to engage in both formal and informal political and peacebuilding processes, the GYPI is looking for innovative ways to facilitate their meaningful engagement in these processes at all levels. For example, this could be done by:

  • working with new partners, especially women- and youth-led groups;
  • testing out new approaches and methodologies (including technologies);
  • going to new geographic zones;
  • working with new target communities.

Beyond explaining how the project in question is innovative, the proposed interventions must make sense for the context and respond to a strong conflict- and gap analysis.

Who is eligible to apply?

This year’s call for the GYPI solicits proposals from both civil society organizations (CSOs) as well as from UN agencies, funds and programms, in PBF eligible countries.

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How does the application process work?

Read a detailed step by step description of the application process.

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