International Peacemakers’ Fund
For over 10 years, the International Peacemakers’ Fund has supported worldwide projects and groups that promote nonviolence. It funds grassroots initiatives that are working towards peace and reconciliation in war-torn communities in Asia, Africa, Middle East, South America and worldwide.
December 2018 - June 2020
Charity information: Fellowship of Reconciliation
The IPF is trying to prevent war and heal the wounds of war, using peaceful interventions designed by local people. It covers local peacemaking in communities before (preventative), during (mediation) or after (reconciliation) violent conflict. Local, nonviolent interventions have better outcomes than military solutions and those imposed from the outside.
Continuing 10+ years of successful grant-making, this project will make one-year grants to local, realistic peacemaking proposals from around the world. Grants will focus on repairing the harm locally and sowing seeds of peace. It will give recipients skills in conflict resolution and access to our global network of peace practitioners. Our funding has unlocked other grants and shown confidence in (very) grassroots movements, making other funders feel able to contribute after our funding ends.
Fund realistic initiatives to support peacemaking through small-scale grassroots groups
Activities» Advertise for proposals through existing worldwide networks built up over 10+ years (2018)
» Consider proposals and approve up to 3 most realistic and promising projects, granting £2-8,000 each (Jan-Feb 2019)
» Work with and support recipients throughout project lifecycle (Feb-Dec 2019)
» Publicise outputs and results of funded proposals, to supporters and other peace groups, and share good practice (2020 onwards)
What success will look like
Success will be receiving 10+ proposals, with 1-3 funded proposals completing all proposed activities and measurably reducing tensions locally.
Activities funded by the project will promote peaceful conflict resolution, breaking the cycle of violence. Success will be a decrease in violence and conflict in the funded localities, demonstrated by reports from recipients and media coverage of the situation.
Past successes include: supporting young political leaders in Zambia to prevent violence during 2016 presidential campaign; interfaith education and peacebuilding in Pakistan; accompanying communities at risk of violence in Colombia.
Risk: Wider instability/violence overwhelming efforts.
Mitigated by: Assessing situation prior to making grant, but this risk is mainly outside our control.
Risk: Grantee does not carry out promised activities.
Mitigated by: Speaking to referees and prior funders to get independent assessment of grantee’s reliability.
Risk: Money misplaced/misused.
Mitigated by: Requiring fully costed budge, full financial report at close of project and regular ongoing contact during project.
Donors will be updated through an update after the Big Give completes, twice-yearly updates on all projects, an end-of-project summary report and bespoke responses to individual communications.
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £9,000 Direct grants Given to local peacemaking initiatives £1,000 Project administration Support and oversight by Fellowship of Reconciliation staff
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Regular Direct Debits £2,323 Guaranteed
The project makes grants to areas of likely or past conflict worldwide, so specific details will vary by location. These areas are linked by recent conflict or tensions that often precede conflict, higher than average poverty levels (as conflict damages wealth), social injustice and often fear and mistrust.
Beneficiaries include: Whole communities in affected areas, who will live in less conflicted localities and develop skills/information about peacemaking and reconciliation; Local peacemakers, who will gain new skills that can be used beyond the end of the project; Donors, who will gain information about conflict situations around the world.
We have been running the International Peacemakers’ Fund (IPF) for over 10 years, we have strong links to peace groups worldwide through the IPF and the different Fellowship of Reconciliation branches worldwide, we have experience in making small grants through IPF and appropriately supporting recipients.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
IPF administrator – will run day-to-day aspects of project and communicate with recipients
Development Manager – will have overall responsibility for project and support/oversee day-to-day management
Members Of IPF Grant Board
Will make decisions about which proposals to approve