The Joint Peace Fund has been set up by international donors to support an effective, nationally owned, and inclusive peace process in Myanmar and to enable peace actors at every level of society in their work towards lasting peace.
The Joint Peace Fund (JPF) is an organisation set up by international donors to support peace in Myanmar. Our innovative design takes a holistic approach, supporting a broad range of stakeholders and projects at all levels of society. From the high level negotiation process to remote communities working for peace in their village, this support reflects our belief that the road to peace in Myanmar lies in an inclusive approach.
With eleven donors pooling their funding, the JPF offers a coherent and efficient approach to providing financial, technical and advisory assistance to the parties in the peace process, as well as other Myanmar organisations working at all levels of Myanmar society – Union, State and local.
Who and What We Support
The JPF is supporting a broad range of peace actors and national organisations at every level of society through a broad range of projects. We are providing impartial financial, technical and advisory support to those involved in the top level negotiations. We are supporting projects that strengthen ceasefires in the parts of the country where they have been signed. We are supporting both formal and informal dialogues that further peace. We support projects aimed at amplifying the voice of women in the peace process. We support youth projects that engage the next generation in a process that will shape their future. We are supporting projects that build peace within and between communities. We are supporting research and communications projects that help deepen and broaden the understanding of the peace process across the country.
The JPF ran a Call for Concept Notes between November 2016 and April 2017. It is now in the process of establishing a broad funding portfolio across all of its programme areas.
Our support for peace in Myanmar is led by our core goal of enabling an effective peace process. For any peace process to be successful, all parties need to feel the process is jointly owned. They also need to be equipped to negotiate effectively. This is why we provide impartial support to all sides.
For the JPF, sustainable peace is a long term investment in the many individuals and groups throughout the country who are working hard towards this goal. Staffed by specialists in peace support, we are equipped to help. And with eleven donors invested in our success, we embody a strong international commitment to achieving a peaceful future for all the peoples of Myanmar.
How We Operate
The JPF's strategic approach and its funding decisions are overseen by our Fund Board which is made up of our ambassadors from our donor countries and organisations.
Operationally, the JPF is run by a JPF management team which comprises a Technical Secretariat (TS) and a Trustee and Contract Manager (TCM). The Technical Secretariat – run by the Nordic International Support Foundation (NIS) – leads the development and implementation of programmes. It also provides analysis, advice and support to the overall governance of the Fund. The Trustee and Contract Manager – run by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is responsible for fiduciary management and oversight. UNOPS is the legal entity of the Fund and, except for small grants, signs agreements with partners. The JPF management team is jointly responsible for monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects.