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Humanitarian Protection in the Liptako-Gourma region

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY & INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

The proposed 2-year project (2020-2022) by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and local research partners, namely the Centre for Democratic Governance (CGD) in Burkina Faso, Point Sud in Mali and the Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherche sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Développement Local (LASDEL) in Niger, focuses on the Liptako-Gourma region, encompassing Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Since 2015, this border region has become the epicenter of the Sahel crisis and both state and non-state armed groups have committed serious violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Despite several national and international initiatives, the number of conflict-related victims has increased from 199 in 2012 to 1 464 in 2018, with a significant increase of IDPs, food insecurity, school closures, and gender-based violence. Several factors are at play, such as the absence of the state, the competition over natural resources, violent extremism, or the proliferation of self-protection militias and climate change. The project will focus on impact of restraint (theme 3) and impact of local protection mechanisms (theme 4), with diversity/gender as a crosscutting theme. The project will be structured around the following research questions: What are the protection threats, risks and vulnerabilities across the different groups of the population of Liptako-Gourma? What local protection mechanism do they use? On which social norms and rules are they based? What is the relation between local protection mechanisms and restraint from violence? Are there risks for people to protect themselves? How do humanitarian protection responses interact with local protection mechanisms (positive, neutral or negative)? How do the different groups of the population assess the impact of humanitarian responses on their own protection and safety? How can humanitarian protection optimally complement and support local protection mechanisms, without having any possible unintended negative consequences? The project aims to address the knowledge gaps and identify perceptions, priorities and needs of local populations in order (i) to document the situations at the grass-root level, (ii) to improve the effectiveness of DRC cycles of humanitarian protection programmes, and (iii) to support all relevant stakeholders through evidence-based analysis in better understanding the priorities of affected communities. To do so, the project will use a mixed research approach of quantitative surveys and qualitative studies led by networks of trained facilitators and researchers in each country to (a) better understand security and humanitarian issues at the micro-local level and; (b) measure the relevance and impact of humanitarian protection interventions in the region. Dedicated publications, regional events (validation/national sharing workshops, regional conference, practitioner meeting) and outputs (press conferences, video films) will allow a large dissemination of the findings and contribute to maximise the overall impact of the project. To ensure a long-term impact and sustainability of the project, the proposal also develops a capacity-building component for facilitators and researchers in the three countries in order to develop a local ownership of the methodology and working relations between partners in the three countries.

Programme Id GB-GOV-13-OODA-AHRC-C4WCAGQ-R6SBCMZ-ENQPUNK
Start date 2020-6-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £255,874.44

Peacekeepers As Soldiers And Humanitarians: The Impact Of Contradictory Roles And Responsibilities On The Protection Mandate of Peacekeepers

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY & INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

The project conducts research on the currently two largest African peace operation, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Both missions have complex mandates and combine military (combat), political (stabilisation/statebuilding) and humanitarian goals. The protection of civilians became a cornerstone of both missions. Military peacekeepers are often required to straddle combat and pacific responsibilities, combining military, diplomatic and humanitarian roles. They fight violent actors who are often not easily distinguishable from civilians, patrol roads and convoy humanitarian deliveries, while they are simultaneously requested to develop relations with communities affected by violence, to mediate conflicts and often also to provide humanitarian goods. The project explores how UN and AU peacekeepers in the DRC and in Somalia fulfil their protection mandate from the perspective of protection providers and protection recipients: military peacekeepers (provider), civilians (recipients) and humanitarian worker (recipients and ideally partners of peacekeepers). It will provide an in-depth and differentiated account on how military peacekeepers navigate their increasingly complex roles, swap between combat and pacific responsibilities and how their protection efforts are experienced at the recipients' end. This knowledge is crucial in improving protection efforts. The findings of the research will be shared in round tables with all three actor groups. The round tables aim at receiving feed-back on the research. More importantly, they also aim at providing a platform for communication and at stimulating dialogue between military peacekeepers, civil humanitarian actors and civilians. Round tables will be organised by local civil society organisations who partner in the research project, and it is expected that they will uphold communication links even after the research ended. The findings, i.e. the experiences of the providers and recipients of protection, will feed into a peacekeeping training module. The module will be developed in cooperation with the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi. The training will be piloted during a workshop with AU and UN trainers and representatives of military headquarters and military trainers of troop contributing countries. The evaluation of the participants will help to fine-tune the training and to finalize a training handbook that will be made publically available and shared with peacekeeping training centres and military headquarters of troop contributing countries.

Programme Id GB-GOV-13-OODA-AHRC-C4WCAGQ-R6SBCMZ-NM37SSZ
Start date 2020-7-1
Status Implementation
Total budget £145,939.24

Participatory research to support the development of culturally sensitive mental health and wellbeing services for the Kankuamo people of Colombia

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY & INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

Deliver signficant reseach funding for internationally competitative and innovative collaborative projects between researchers from Colombia and United Kingdom that will allow the pursuit of shared research interests.

Programme Id GB-GOV-13-NF-ES_CO_MH-2020-TCM9ZSW
Start date 2022-9-14
Status Implementation
Total budget £188,133

Support to South Sudan Peace Process

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The programme funds five subject matter experts (Advisers) in two monitoring bodies in South Sudan that are responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Peace Agreement (RJMEC and CTSAMVM). The objective of the advisers’ efforts in Juba are to increase accountability, effectiveness and inclusivity. The expected results are 1) Systems and processes established to reduce violence and divisions and promote peace in South Sudan at a national and sub-national level and; 2) Improved preparedness of national and regional actors and resilience, including within the peace process, and support the formation of a national unity government. This support strengthens our ability to achieve a comprehensive peace deal.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-301341
Start date 2021-7-22
Status Implementation
Total budget £1,607,220

Learning and Evidence for New Strategies in the Sahel (LENS)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The Learning and Evidence for New Strategies in the Sahel programme (LENS) will provide £4 million over 5 years (2021-22 to 2025-26) to generate, and facilitate timely use of, context-relevant research, analysis and evidence products that inform UK engagements and influence those of others. It will provide a mechanism to commission, strategically disseminate, and support the effective use of research and evidence products with target stakeholders at critical decision-making points.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300536
Start date 2021-11-17
Status Implementation
Total budget £2,887,003

Western Balkans – Freedom and Resilience Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

This programme will address long-term, structural issues across the region, including ethno-nationalist division, and support transparency and accountability in government, as well as underlying society challenges such as discrimination and violence against women and girls. The Programme will comprise a portfolio of interventions in three areas: reconciliation and peacebuilding in conflict-affected communities; empowering women and girls and tackling Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) and gender-based violence; and strengthening government capacity, transparency and accountability. Programming will be country-led, with Posts able to bid for funds in support of projects in line with their priorities.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-301457
Start date 2022-9-22
Status Implementation
Total budget £29,594,544

Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Programme (SPRP)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The Juba Peace Agreement (JPA), and the civilian led transition to democratic governance in Sudan, presents a historic opportunity to address the root causes and impact of decades of conflict. This programme will catalyse transitional justice efforts and respond to opportunities to support Sudan’s political transition towards civilian governance. Impact Sudan has stayed on course to agree an inclusive peace agreement and political settlement which can under-pin the 2022 elections Outcomes GoS has a national coherent and inclusive structure & strategy for peace and stronger community conflict resolution and early warning. Greater agreement between stakeholders on the justice, rights and security settlement, greater GoS capacity to protect all citizens. HMG catalyses & leverages GoS and donor partners’ decisions & processes.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-301306
Start date 2021-5-6
Status Implementation
Total budget £2,901,212

Peace and Stability in Mozambique Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

To promote peace and stability through initiatives to prevent the spread of violent extremism and foster peacebuilding in Cabo Delgado and Northern Mozambique, and to consolidate the peace process in Central Mozambique. In the North a) strengthen community resilience against violent extremist influence and narratives; b) promote provincial and local dialogue between public authorities, the private sector and citizens to increase trust and reduce tensions; c) work with security and justice actors on community-centered and human rights compliant approaches; d) support government-led mechanisms for conflict management and improved coordination with international partners. Pilot initiatives with strong monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks – successful efforts will be scaled up through influencing programmes and public policies. In Central Mozambique, we will contribute to the implementation of the Maputo Peace Accords, particularly the the ongoing DDR of former Renamo combatants

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-301326
Start date 2021-11-23
Status Implementation
Total budget £3,400,002

Better Aid in Conflict (BAC): South Sudan

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

To provide a Resource Centre that will assist in ensuring that Donors and Implementing partners are able to deliver more effective and more conflict sensitive programmes which will contribute towards the peace building process in South Sudan.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300587
Start date 2018-3-29
Status Implementation
Total budget £4,054,172

Reducing Insecurity and Violent Extremism in the Northern Territories (Re-INVENT)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

To improve safety and security institutions at national level and in 6 counties that provide more effective, accountable and responsive services to a public that is actively engaged in improving safety and security in Kenya.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300147
Start date 2018-2-19
Status Implementation
Total budget £20,999,646

UK Aid Connect Funding Mechanism

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

UK Aid Connect is designed to create the form of civil society that DFID needs to meet its objectives and the form of civil society the future requires. By creating diverse coalitions to address complex, inter-dependent policy and practice challenges it answers a market gap widely recognised through the CSPR.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300055
Start date 2017-12-5
Status Implementation
Total budget £100,413,103

Strategy and Partnership Facility

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

This programme will enable British High Commission (BHC) in Freetown to make small grants for policy and partnership activity vital to delivering the objectives of the 2023/24 – 2024/25 Country Business Plan (CBP). This will enhance the agility and responsiveness with which the mission operates and will broaden our stakeholder base, particularly with grassroots and local civil society organisations (CSOs).

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-400039
Start date 2023-8-23
Status Implementation
Total budget £206,886

Open Society Enabling Fund (OSEF)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The Open Societies Enabling Fund is aimed at supporting and bolstering active contributions of civil society groups in defending Indonesia’s open society with the particular context of 2024 national and local elections amidst the trend of shrinking civic space, increased prosecution of human rights defenders, and further entrenchment of minority rights.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-400124
Start date 2024-1-9
Status Implementation
Total budget £665,244

Negotiations and Peace Processes (NPPD) Conflict Resolution Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The programme primarily funds key mediation organisations delivering against the UK’s negotiation, mediation and peace process ambitions, specifically on bringing about negotiated political settlements that govern and end violence and refocusing peace processes as a central tool for conflict resolution, working with a range of national and international partners.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-400035
Start date 2023-8-15
Status Implementation
Total budget £1,853,456

Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

This programme covers activity seeks to promote justice for survivors of sexual violence in conflict, to support them to recovery, including with health, education and financial support. The programme includes activity to strengthen global responses to sexual violence in conflict, for example through the production and promotion of a guidebook outlining government's obligations on this issue under international law.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-301576
Start date 2022-9-13
Status Implementation
Total budget £15,683,017

ASEAN-UK Women Peace and Security Programme

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The ASEAN-UK Women Peace and Security (WPS) Programme works with ASEAN to advance and strengthen the WPS agenda, including promoting women’s participation in conflict prevention, resolution and recovery, preventing violence against women and promoting social cohesion in the region.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-400029
Start date 2023-7-11
Status Implementation
Total budget £3,174,476

Supporting Ethiopia's Transition

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The programme will provide high quality technical advice to support Ethiopias rapid and transformational governance reform. It will offer support to three areas 1 more credible national elections 2 more capable and credible democratic institutions and 3 more capable and accountable delivery by the state. The programme will make use of the window of opportunity prior to Ethiopian national elections planned for May 2020 to provide flexible and opportunistic technical advice. This will allow the UK to support the Government of Ethiopia in priority reform areas while testing out commitment to reform and appetite for donor engagement.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300795
Start date 2019-11-7
Status Implementation
Total budget £1,753,186

Somalia Security and Justice Programme II

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

The Somalia Security and Justice Programme aims to promote more affordable, accountable, able and acceptable policing and justice systems in targeted areas that provide a visible security presence and facilitate the peaceful resolution of disputes with lessons from these informing the development of the federal architecture

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300860
Start date 2021-10-8
Status Implementation
Total budget £58,839,058

Global Security Rapid Analysis

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

To produce research analysis and best practice guidance that will help to inform global policy on how development programming and policy can have the greatest impact on stability and security overseas.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300358
Start date 2017-2-8
Status Implementation
Total budget £12,240,629

Somalia Stability Fund III

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO)

Somalia Stability Fund III will work to build stability in Somalia. It will do so by deepening understanding of the core underlying causes and drivers of conflict and instability. It will address them in ways that help widen and deepen the political settlement (agreements between different political actors), at multiple levels, and help build resilience to conflict and violence when these political settlement processes inevitably come under stress.

Programme Id GB-GOV-1-300916
Start date 2022-3-23
Status Implementation
Total budget £60,128,314

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