Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments

Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments

Thoughtful and committed grantmaking in support of peacebuilding in areas affected by conflict can help empower beleaguered communities, strengthen civil society initiatives, build partnerships and platforms for change, catalyze new insights and paradigms, and create spaces for reflection and peaceful exchange, a report from Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace and the Social Change Initiative argues. Funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, the report, Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments (58 pages, PDF), found that even modest amounts of funding can help support community-based and civil society organizations working for solidarity and peace in conflict areas. The report offers a number of tips and recommendations for funders, such as do your research, be prepared to take risks, focus on conflict prevention, and support indigenous, locally led efforts, and highlights things to avoid, including a focus on short-term strategic "fads," which rarely work in the context of endemic violence.