Global – Call for Interest for Civil Society Organizations, Join the Board of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund

3 November 2020

WPHF civil society board members are calling on all interested NGOs to apply for a seat on the WPHF funding board for the 2021-2022 term.

Composed of representatives from donors, United Nations entities, and civil society organizations, WPHF is a global pooled funding mechanism which aims to re-energize action and stimulate a significant increase in financing for women’s participation, leadership, and empowerment in peace and security processes and humanitarian response. WPHF’s funding is exclusively directed at civil society organizations.

The WPHF’s primary goal is to bring about peaceful and gender equal societies. The specific objectives are to:

  1. Promote an enabling environment for WPS commitments
  2. Support women’s participation in decision-making processes and responses related to conflict prevention;
  3. Increase women’s engagement and leadership in humanitarian action;
  4. Enhance women’s representation and leadership in formal and informal peace negotiations;
  5. Protect women and girls’ human rights; and
  6. Promote women’s involvement in economic recovery of their communities.

Since its launch in 2016, WPHF has raised close to $50 million, has been supporting over 200 civil society organizations and is present in 25 countries. WPHF currently provides funding through (1) its regular country level funding cycle, (2) COVID 19 Emergency Response Window, and (3) Rapid Response Window on women’s participation in peace processes.

More information, including on the current CSO Funding Board Members, is available at wphfund.org.

Responsibilities of civil society members of the WPHF Board

The WPHF is governed by a Funding Board at the global level, which is comprised of four UN entities, four donor Member States as well as four Civil Society Organizations, who all have equal responsibility and authority in decision making and guidance.

The primary responsibility of a civil society member of the WPHF Global Board is to contribute to decision-making on priority countries and general policies and direction of the fund, as well as to support promotion and fundraising efforts of the fund. This is achieved through:

  • Participation in expert level and principal level meetings of the WPHF Global Funding Board (The principal level meetings are held once a year and the expert level meetings are held quarterly – on average);
  • Contribution to decision-making on list of WPHF eligible countries and on Fund’s investments;
  • Presentation of the views of her/his network/organization regarding funding for civil society organizations engaged in WPS and humanitarian work during meetings;
  • Dissemination of information regarding calls for proposals by the WPHF;
  • Generation of support for the WPHF from donors, Member States and other stakeholders for them to contribute to the Fund;
  • Contribution to the visibility of WPHF through presentations in meetings, conferences and other events as well as social media; and
  • Consultation with other CSOs to improve the work of the WPHF.

The term would begin on January 1, 2021 and finish December 31, 2022. We hope to announce the final CSO board by December 20, 2020.

Process for Submitting Interest:

In order to submit an application for interest to join the WPHF Board as a civil society member, please complete this google form questionnaire. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2020.

For questions regarding the application process, please write to wphfcsonomination@gmail.com.

The current CSO members of the board will also be offering an informal information session to address questions from potential members. This session will be held via Zoom (final date and time to be announced). Please email the above email address if you are interested in attending.

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