Supporting Women's Influence & Participation in Peace Processes & the Implementation of Peace Agreements

The Rapid Response Window on Women's Participation in Peace Processes

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The Rapid Response Window does not support community focused initiatives.  

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) has launched a Rapid Response Window (RRW) to address the funding gap on women’s participation in formal peace processes and the implementation of peace agreements. 

The WPHF RRW provides financing for strategic and urgent services and initiatives that support the participation of women peacebuilders and women’s civil society organizations in national, subnational and international formal peace processes. This new funding mechanism is open to formal peace processes in al  ODA eligible countries  with a track 1 or track 2 peace process.

Who can apply?

  • The RRW is a targeted and specific window that focuses only on women’s increased participation in formal peace processes and the implementation of peace agreements. 
  • Only local and national CSOs (especially women-led) whose work seeks to increase women’s participation in a specific track 1 or track 2 formal peace process, or specific peace agreement monitoring and implementation mechanisms . Proposals which do not address Track 1 or 2, or peace agreement implementation will be excluded. 
  • The RRW does NOT support projects for women’s participation in political decision making that are not related to a peace agreement, nor does it finance broader work towards WPS and other peacebuilding objectives.
  • Community-focused peacebuilding activities and non-urgent initiatives are NOT eligible and will be immediately dismissed. 
  • Open to all ODA-eligible countries where formal peace processes or the implementation of peace agreements are taking place.   

If you can answer “yes” to the above questions,  you are eligible for WPHF RRW funding. 

Eligibility Criteria  

  • Alignment with the impact statement: increased representation of women in formal peace processes and/or implementation of peace agreements 
  • Timeliness and relevance to the targeted process 
  • Consideration of measures to protect women peacebuilders and women human rights defenders 
  • Participatory approach, inclusive of diverse groups of women 
  • For more details: Section 5.3. of the Call for Proposals  

What is a peace process?

WPHF refers to a ‘peace process’ as apolitical process to resolve conflict through ‘peaceful means’ – usually a mixture of politics, diplomacy, negotiations, mediation and dialogue in different areas. This includes ceasefires, national dialogues, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration [DDR] programs, etc.) 

Peace processes typically take place through various diplomatic tracks. The RRW supports women’s participation in Track 1 and Track 2 negotiations, and in the implementation of peace agreements. 

Track 1: High-level, official negotiations involving country leadership or governments, often led by the UN or multilateral regional organizations. 

Track 2: Usually convened in parallel to or to work towards a track 1 process. Track 2 processes influence or advise a track 1 process, and/or raise awareness to strengthen community buy-in. They may take the form of a conference, workshop or forum involving civil society, community leaders, other experts and mediators. 

Peace agreement Implementation: An agreement has been reached and signed (e.g. a political settlement, a ceasefire, etc.) Civil society works to hold decision-makers to account on the commitments made, e.g. through monitoring mechanisms or committees, parliamentary processes, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, reporting and shadow reporting. 

See below examples of RRW innitiatives already in place:

Rapid Response Window Projects & Partners

The WPHF RRW has two primary funding streams:

Direct Support Streamthis not a grant and that no funding will be provided– Cost of services up to $25,000 USD – The RRW WPHF pays for the cost directly so that the required service is provided rapidly. Once WPHF has paid for the service, the CSO uses the service to support its work on women’s meaningful participation in peace processes or peace agreement implementation. 

This includes logistical and technical support that would increase the likelihood of a woman CSO representative to actively participate in or influence a peace process or the implementation of a peace agreement – such as the cost of childcare, access for persons with disabilities, interpretation needs, expert advisory support, travels arrengements, etc. 

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

Short-Term Grants Stream – up to $100,000 USD – the RRW works with a range of partners to deliver rapid grants (6 months maximum) for civil society projects that address diverse barriers to women’s influence and participation in peace processes or the implementation of a peace agreement.  

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

Community-focused peacebuilding activities are not eligible for the RRW.

Apply for support today.

Do you represent a local or national civil-society organization ((especially women-led) seeking to increase women’s participation in a specific track 1 or track 2 formal peace process, or specific peace agreement monitoring and implementation mechanisms?

Download the Application Materials & Apply below

APPLY FOR DIRECT SUPPORT APPLY FOR SHORT TERM GRANTS
Email your application to WPHF-RRW@unwomen.org.
Please note: only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by WPHF. Shortlisted applicants can expect to hear about next steps within 2 weeks.

See below a recording of the webinar on the Rapid Response Window.