Project Stories

Below you find stories about some of the projects funded by the FBA's 1325 grants.

Empowerment of tomorrow's women leaders in East Timor

It is harder for girls than for boys to enjoy their basic rights in East Timor. Girls are often expected to do domestic work instead of going to school, and many girls are forced to marry and have children while they are still children themselves. WoGiP is short for Women's and Girls' Participation in Local Governance and the project is supported by the FBA's 1325 grants. The project aims to increase girls' and women's participation in local decision-making and to reduce gender-based violence in East Timor.

Journalism challenging war

An anonymous woman crying. A man dressed in uniform acting as an expert. Stereotypes in media reporting from conflicts zones are discussed intensively during the workshops that are being arranged within the project “Peace journalism with a gender perspective”. The project, implemented by Kvinna till Kvinna, was granted funding from the FBA in 2013.

Local protection committees in the Congo

One of the projects receiving 1325 grants from the FBA is conducted by the Danish Refugee Council, and focused on forming local protection committees that aims to empower women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here is the story of Claudine, a member of the Kitchanga Protection Committee.

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FBA is assigned an important role in the Swedish government’s new global strategy for sustainable peace. Through the strategy the government aims to coordinate the Swedish development cooperation and increase the ability to act fast and flexible.

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Responsive and Responsible: Politically Smart Rule of Law Reform in Conflict and Fragile States

There is a long-standing recognition that rule of law is an essential element in achieving sustainable peace and development. In recent years it has gained even more prominence in policy discourse and as a core ingredient of broad-based international commitments, with the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 16 as a clear indicator for where we are headed. Yet, what has been lacking in rule of law reform, or at least it has been only marginally represented, is a political approach to address the underlying causes of problems and obstacles to rule of law.

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2016

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  • 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
  • Posted by Ludmila Ceban

    Technical problems, political fixes: assessing rule of law in local governance in Ukraine

    I take public sector reform challenges in the post-Soviet space quite personally, with many first-hand Kafkaesque experiences from growing up in the ‘east’. So when the opportunity came about to work for the FBA on improving service delivery from a rights-based perspective in Ukraine, I struggled to think of alternatives to the complicated procedures people often have to go through when dealing with public authorities. It made me wonder whether the system can ever truly change.

    One ... Read entire post »

    2017-09-12 12:48
  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    The view from Tbilisi

    Summertime in Tbilisi, and the temperature seems to permanently hover at 35 degrees. Among the crumbling mansions of the old city, maturing grapes can be plucked directly from the vines spanning the narrow streets, shaded courtyards and stone churches provide a cooling escape from the sun, and basement restaurants advertise tempting Georgian dishes heavy with dumplings, cheese, and barbeque shashlik. In the forested headquarters compound of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) the sound of ... Read entire post »

    2017-08-16 11:17
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