Overcoming the Peace Deficit: mapping public and private funding trends

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Overcoming the Peace Deficit: mapping public and private funding trends

As peacebuilder we are very familiar with the challenge of getting funding for peace. These challenges are likely to increase as climate change, migration flows, and other pressing global priorities (often exacerbated by conflict) put even more pressure on scarce funding resources.

Philanthropy has long provided a vital contribution to building peace, often through small, but critical, contributions where others won't fund. Philanthropy's contribution is, however, not well understood. The field is splintered and there is little coherence to the diversity of funders, methods and approaches. There is also little interaction between the peacebuilding and philanthropy fields, for example peacebuilding agencies have a limited connection to community based philanthropies.

During this session at the Geneva Peace Week, Catriona Gourlay from the PeaceNexus Foundation in Geneva will be speaking to those who are undertaking research in this area and asking whether philanthropy could be doing more for peace.

The session will present public and private funding trends and explore their implications for the field to:

  • Present an in-depth analysis of the philanthropic sector’s motivations to fund or not fund the field
  • Contrast these findings with current public funding trends
  • Explore what these trends mean for the field today

Speakers:

Barry Knight, from Centris, based in Newcastle in the UK, and Lauren Bradford from Candid, based in Washington, D.C., will launch a paper that builds on a survey by Centris and Candid, with the support of the PeaceNexus Foundation, which examines the extent of support for peacebuilding, and the characteristics of peacebuilding organisations compared with others. They will explore why some organisations and funders engage with peace, and why others don’t.

Andrew Sherriff from ECDPM in Maastricht will present research into four case studies of European countries and institutions active in peacebuilding support, namely Germany, Sweden, the UK and the EU institutions, which together account for 50% of peacebuilding related ODA in the past 10 years.

Cath Thompson from the Peace and Security Funders Group, based in Washington, D.C., will provide insight into philanthropic funding for peace and security, with data from PSFG’s annual Peace and Security Funding Index. In addition, she will share about the challenges, trends, and opportunities for funders in this field, from the vantage point of supporting the coordination of a global network of foundations and philanthropists.

This event will be taking place in the Palais des Nations which requires a separate registration process:

REGISTRATION (INDICO ACCESS BADGE TO THE PALAIS DES NATIONS)
All participants and speakers who do not have a valid UNOG grounds pass must register via the UNOG registration system - INDICO. They will then receive a single badge valid from 4 to 8 November 2019 and will be able to attend all events of Geneva Peace Week 2019 held at the UN Palais.

Please note that your registration information will also be shared with the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (the key Facilitator Geneva Peace Week) for the purpose of compiling anonymous statistics on event attendance.

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Palais des Nations (Pregny gate)

Room VIII

8-14 avenue de la Paix

1211 Geneva 10

Switzerland

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