United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative 2018 for Civil Society Organizations

United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative 2018 for Civil Society Organizations

Deadline: June 17 (Stage 1)

Are you a civil society organization with an innovative idea to promote youth & women for peacebuilding? Then apply for PBF Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative (GYPI) 2018! Help the United Nations PBF promote their inclusion & empowerment in peacebuilding with your project!

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund’s (PBF) Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative #GYPI 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 and Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, as well as Security Council resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security.


For CSOs,

  • The maximum total amount of proposals will be two per Gender Initiative, and two per Youth Initiative, thus a total of 4 per CSO.
  • The maximum total amount of funding awarded per project will be US$1.5 million. The minimum amount of funding per project will be US$300,000 for CSO applicants.
  • CSOs organized in federations, confederations or umbrella organizations with independent international/national chapters will be considered as one organization for the purpose of this special call.


  • 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.:
    • Burundi
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Colombia
    • Côte d’Ivoire
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Guatemala
    • Guinea
    • Guinea Bissau
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Liberia
    • Madagascar
    • Mali
    • Myanmar
    • Niger
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Sierra Leone
    • Solomon Islands
    • Somalia
    • South Sudan
    • Sri Lanka
    • Yemen

For CSOs:

In order to be declared eligible to receive PBF funds under GYPI 2018, CSOs must be assessed as technically, financially and legally sound by the PBF and its Agent and meet the following conditions (proof will be required at application stage 1):

  • Have previously received funding from the PBF, UN, or any of the contributors to the PBF in the country of project implementation.
  • Have a current valid registration as a non-profit, tax exempt organization with a social based mission in both the country where the headquarters is located and in the country of project implementation for the duration of the proposed grant. (NOTE: If registration is done on an annual basis in the country, the organization must have the current registration and obtain renewals for the duration of the project, in order to receive subsequent funding tranches).
  • Provide an annual report that includes the proposed country for the grant.
  • Provide audited financial statements of the last two years, including the auditor opinion letter. The financial statements should include the legal organisation that will sign the agreement (and oversee the country of implementation, if applicable) as well as the activities of the country of implementation. (NOTE: If these are not available for the country of proposed project implementation, the CSO will also need to provide the latest two audit reports for a programme or project-based audit in country.) The letter from the auditor should also state whether the auditor firm is designated as a nationally qualified audit firm.
  • For the previous two calendar years, demonstrate an annual CSO budget in the country of proposed project implementation is at least twice the annualized budget sought from PBF. (NOTE: Annualized PBF project budget is obtained by dividing the PBF project budget by the number of project duration months and multiplying by 12).
  • Demonstrate at least 3 years of experience in the country where grant is sought.
  • Provide an explanation of the CSO’s legal structure, including the specific entity which will enter into the legal agreement with the MPTFO for the PBF grant.

Preference will be given to innovative projects that attempt to try out new, creative interventions and approaches. This could include projects focused on:

  • Facilitating women’s and/or young people’s access to decision-making bodies
  • Innovative ways to integrate gender and/or youth in justice and SSR processes
  • Natural resource management and climate change mitigation
  • Women’s and/or young people’s role in preventing violent extremism and terrorism (in line with Security Council resolution 2242 and 2250)
  • Projects involving the use of social media and innovative technologies, etc.
  • YPI projects that focus on 1) young people’s agency and voice as peacebuilding actors; 2) issues around young peacebuilders as victims and the need for protection; 3) peacebuilding education; and 4) young women’s voices and agency.

Guidelines for Proposal

Your project should:

  • Support the achievement of the countries’ peacebuilding strategy and show how the planned interventions will influence social and political peacebuilding processes and contribute to Sustaining Peace
  • Must be based on a sound gender and/or youth sensitive conflict and risk analysis and associated mitigation strategies.
  • Must be prepared by UN entities and CSOs together with local partners, such as national/local CSOs, in the programming countries.
  • Must plan and budget sufficient resources for a final, independent evaluation.
  • Must be completed within 18 months of the operational start-up date. There is no minimum duration.
  • Applications can be submitted in English or French.


The application process for GYPI will be conducted online for all applicants and will be structured in two stages:

Stage One: Applicants should register and submit their online application electronically. A Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) composed of PBSO and external experts will review the applications against the outlined criteria and invite selected ‘conditionally approved’ submissions to be developed into full proposals. Furthermore, PBSO will seek feedback on selected applications from the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and the PBF Joint Steering Committee.

Please note that applications for GYPI from both UN AFPs and CSOs can be submitted only through the online system. Proposals submitted by e-mail, regular post or any other channel will not be considered.

Stage Two: UN entities and CSOs whose submission was selected during the first stage have six weeks to develop and submit a full project proposal (full proposal template will be shared with successful stage 1 applicants). The PAC will reconvene to review the full proposals and make its final selection of projects. All final project documents will be shared with the country’s mission to the UN by PBSO.

Learn how to apply.

For more information, visit PBF GYPI.