Direct Support Stream: an urgent support for women peacebuilders

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The Direct Support stream allows a civil society organization (CSO) — including informal women’s groups, women peacebuilders, associations and networks, and unregistered civil society organizations — to request that WPHF finances the provision of services to enable women’s participation and/or influence in a formal peace process (Track 1 & 2) or peace agreement implementation.

Successful applicants receive services, not a grant. Services will be purchased and arranged directly from the WPHF RRW Secretariat or its partners on behalf of selected applicants.

This includes logistical and technical support — such as the cost of childcare, access for persons with disabilities, interpretation or translation needs, expert advisory support, training, preparatory meetings, printing of documents, film editing, travel arrangements, etc.

The Direct Support can cover services for a duration of up to six months maximum. Initiatives that require funding under this stream may be as short as a few days. The maximum estimated cost of services cannot exceed 25,000 USD. There is no minimum request.

There is no deadline for applications. The RRW is demand-driven and accepts submissions on a rolling basis.

Apply for support today

doc icon Direct Support Application Form English
Email your application to WPHF-RRW@UNWOMEN.ORG.

See below some examples of WPHF RRW Direct Support:

  • In Afghanistan, the RRW supported three initiatives: a WHRD’s direct participation in the Track 1 Leadership Committee of the High Council for National Reconciliation; the implementation of a participatory Track 2 Women’s Peace Conference in Kabul; and an initiative documenting women’s direct representation in the Doha negotiations.
  • In Cameroon, in light of the economic challenges and general marginalization faced by indigenous women peacebuilders, the RRW supported Reach Out Cameroon to enable five indigenous women of the Ndian Division to take part in the Ndian Peace Conference, amplify the voices of grassroots women, and influence the gender provisions of the Conference, which seeks lasting solutions not only to the crisis plaguing Indian, but to contribute towards the end of the Anglophone crisis in line with resolutions of the Major National Dialogue of 2019.
  • In Ethiopia, together with INGO partner Inclusive Peace, the RRW supported the organization of a workshop led by TIMRAN which brought together all the relevant women networks of the country — from different political perspectives, regions, constituencies, and ages — to develop more effective and coherent strategies to meaningfully participate in dialogue and reconciliation processes.
  • In Liberia, the RRW covered the cost of a consultant for a civil society initiative to strengthen women’s participation in monitoring the implementation of the 2009 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report recommendations, which emerged from the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Together with INGO partner Conciliation Resources, the RRW also provided support to two civil society projects in Liberia to enhance women’s participation in the 2009 TRC report recommendations, including the establishment of a gender-responsive War Crimes Court.
  • In Mali, the RRW covered the cost of an independent consultant to conduct a consultation-based research initiative (ongoing), on behalf of a CSO partner, on women’s participation in monitoring the implementation of the 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation.
  • In South Sudan, together with INGO partner Inclusive Peace, the RRW supported the development of a technical document to strengthen civil society monitoring of the implementation of gender provisions in the 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

See below a recording of the webinar on Rapid Response Window Streams: