2016 Project Grants

In 2016, six projects were granted funds from the FBA.

Plan International Sweden SEK 1 000 000

These funds will finance the project “Women and Girls’ participation in local governance to end gender-based violence in Timor-Leste”. The project builds on a previous project founded by the FBA and aims to increase women’s participation in local decision-making bodies, decrease violence against women, and build capacity within local organizations. This will be done through education and information, distributed through radio and TV. The organization has identified gender-based violence as the main concern against women’s participation, therefore the focus of the project will be advocacy and information campaigns targeting both local and national leaders about gender-based violence to help promote women’s participation.

Conciliation Resources SEK 1 800 000

These funds will finance the project “Strengthening women’s roles in peace and security efforts in the border areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic”. The aim of the project is to increase women’s participation in peacebuilding efforts in DR Congo, CAR and South Sudan on a local, national and cross-border level. The organization intends to carry out in-country participatory assessments to examine how women view their roles in peace efforts, specifically looking at obstacles to meaningful participation and how they view their specific needs in this context. The findings will be presented in three country-specific reports and the organization will also conduct a workshop to share the key findings. Based on the needs identified, the project aims to include targeted efforts to build capacity in three local women’s organisations. Through the project, the process will be documented in a multimedia project. The project will build capacity in communication and organization skills, but also make the material and key findings available to the participants with limited literacy.    

Operation 1325 SEK 600 000

These funds will finance the project “Medlingslabbet”, which aims to strengthen women as active peace mediators in conflict and post-conflict countries, which will lead to a more peaceful and more sustainable reconstruction of the societies. The project also aims towards a greater contextual understanding, and will therefore connect peace activists from different parts of the world with each other. This will be done by capacity-building of several women and peace organizations from the region of MENA and Colombia. During the project, a digital site for “Medlingslabbet” will be developed and launched to document and spread the experiences of the project.  

Kvinna till Kvinna SEK 1 200 000

These funds will finance the project “Methods, learning and sharing of experiences – next steps in working strategically with women, peace and security implementation”. The project aims to strengthen the capacity within Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organizations, and their work with women, peace and security. The partner organizations for the project are operating in five different countries; DR Congo, Israel, Palestine, Georgia and Iraq. The focus of the project will be advocacy campaigns, experience-sharing and the life situation of women fighting for other women’s rights. This will be done through education and experience-sharing between the different organizations.

Internationella kvinnoförbundet för fred och frihet (IKFF) SEK 1 700 000

These funds will finance the project “Promoting inclusive security – women organizations as key actors in implementing UNSCR 1325 in Cameroon, DR Congo and Nigeria (Phase II)”. The project is a collaboration between IKFF and their sister organizations in DRC, Nigeria and Cameroon (WILPF sections) and aims to support the implementation of the UNSCR 1325. One of the main focuses of the project is to work with the concept “Women’s Situation Room”, aiming to increase women’s participation during election processes, both with regards to the number of female voters and the number of female candidates in the three countries. The organizations will conduct advocacy campaigns, education about UNSCR 1325, and discussions with political parties to increase the female nominations. IKFF will also support their sister organizations in the development of national reports on the implementation of UNSCR 1325, the organizations will then get a first-hand experience in how to collect, compile and present data. Additional capacity-building covers how to use information and communication technology (ICT) for more strategic advocacy work.

Centralasiengrupperna SEK 700 000

These funds will finance the project “Young women’s movement building and empowerment in post-conflict southern Kyrgyzstan”. The project aims to increase women’s participation in the south of Kirgizstan through strengthening local organizations, with education and capacity-building efforts. With help of education, workshops and network meetings concerning different thematic areas such as UNSCR 1325, human rights and security, Centralasiengrupperna will increase the knowledge and capacity of the organizations to work with these issues. There will also be opportunities of Training of Trainers in order to maintain and spread the knowledge and experience from the learning of the themes. The project will also involve the development of a support function for young women, in order to help them when conducting local peace initiatives.  

Project grants from previous years

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Looking back at a year of election observation

Liberia, Kyrgyzstan and Honduras. Kenya, Kosovo and Nepal. Those are just a handful of the countries that have held elections during 2017, to which FBA has deployed election observers. “It has been an exciting year. And 2018 looks just as interesting, with forthcoming elections in Russia, Cambodia and Zimbabwe, only to name a few”, says Maja Tjernström who works with election observation at FBA.

2017-12-22 14:37

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Putting Civilians First: NGO Perceptions and Expectations of UN Peacekeeping

NGOs and UN peacekeeping operations increasingly operate in a shared domain. NGOs commonly rely – at least partly – on UN peacekeepers for access and security, but they also express concerns about this. Yet remarkably little is known about what are their main concerns and how widespread they are. Even more importantly, what can be done to address them? This FBA Brief, written by members of one of the FBA’s research working groups, examines the answers to those questions.

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    Back ‘home’ in Kosovo and remembering old lessons

    The distinct smell of coal dust creeps into your nose as soon as you step off the plane in Pristina, a strange and familiar welcome back greeting for those of us intimate with this small corner of Europe. I felt it again in November 2017 when I came to Kosovo for a few days of visiting old friends and colleagues. For anyone with strong memories of living in a foreign country, you will remember the joys ... Read entire post »

    2017-12-13 11:21
  • Posted by Sabrina Karim

    Liberia after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    On November 8 2005, Liberians elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to be the first female president of an African country. She made history that day and she oversaw fourteen years of peace in a country that had experienced two decades of devastating armed conflict. In 2011, she was re-elected and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Her fame and legacy has brought widespread international attention onto Liberia.

    On October 10, 2017, Liberians will go to the polls for the ... Read entire post »

    2017-10-06 15:28
  • Posted by Maja Jakobsson

    Strengthening forces for peace through experience-sharing

    The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated as of late, with the highest number of conflict-related civilian casualties in 2016 since 2009. The efforts for a formal and sustainable peace process are insufficient and face numerous obstacles. Violent battles between government and Taliban forces have resulted in new districts falling under Taliban power. Attacks by other groups, loyal to the Islamic State, are increasing in numbers.

    Despite this, there are still strong forces for peace in Afghanistan. ... Read entire post »

    2017-09-21 16:18

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