The JPF: Questions & Answers
What is the Joint Peace Fund?
The Joint Peace Fund (JPF) is a multi-donor trust fund set up by a group of international donors to support a nationally owned and inclusive peace process in Myanmar with the aim of this leading to sustainable peace in Myanmar. In support of this goal, it funds a broad portfolio of projects that support the peace process and long term peace building.
Why has the JPF been set up?
By pooling their funding, donors are seeking to support a nationally owned and inclusive peace process in a more coherent, coordinated and efficient way. In addition to the JPF, a number of its donors will continue to provide bilateral support to other peacebuilding groups and initiatives in Myanmar.
What is the JPF’s approach?
The JPF has been set up to support Myanmar’s peace process and its key focus is on support to the peace process as it moves forward. But in addition to the formal talks and negotiations, it is also supporting projects that bolster and deepen the peace process and help it become more inclusive at the Union, State and local level. As well as supporting the government and the EAOs, as the parties to the peace process, the JPF is supporting peace process focused activities of a broad range of Myanmar organisations such as NGOs, women’s groups, CSOs, CBOs, etc. The JPF puts a strong emphasis on supporting women’s participation in the peace process. Experience elsewhere shows that the more inclusive a process is, the more likely it is to lead to sustainable peace.
What is the JPF currently funding?
The JPF is supporting the government and the EAOs, both signatories and non signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), in the formal peace process. This support is designed to help the peace process become more effective through carefully designed projects and technical advisory support. It is also supporting several of the mechanisms set up under the NCA, such as the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC). In addition it is in the process of rolling out a broad range of projects run by some of Myanmar's many peace actors and organisations. These seek to support the peace process and invest in longer term peace building at different levels of Myanmar society.
What are the JPF’s programme areas?
JPF is seeking to support activities that help bolster and support the peace process and ones that build sustainable peace in Myanmar in the longer term. It has three programme areas of support:
Direct Peace Process Support - Providing technical and financial support to the peace process (institutions, instruments, mechanisms, and actors)
Peace Building - Supporting peace initiatives that increase trust, confidence and participation of a broad set of stakeholders in the peace process
Research and Innovation - Initiating applied research and innovation that informs policy and programming and that supports a deeper understanding of the peace process by those involved in it, and the broader public who are not.
All programme areas are able to support projects on a common peace process issue such as ceasefires, dialogues, or interim arrangements.
Is the JPF operational yet?
Yes. It is currently establishing a broad portfolio of projects under all of its programme areas.
Does the JPF only disburse financial support?
The JPF is an innovative fund, staffed by national and international specialists who between them have many years of experience in supporting the peace process in Myanmar and from many different peace processes around the world. It is able to provide more than money to the process: the JPF provides intelligent support that can be financial technical, or advisory.
Who are the JPF donors?
The JPF currently has eleven donors who between them have pledged just over US$ 100 million. The JPF is currently planned to operate until 2021. Our donors are: Australia (Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), Canada (Global Affairs), Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), European Union, Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Italy (Italian Development Cooperation), Japan (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Norway (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Switzerland (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), the United Kingdom (Department for International Development) and the United States (USAID). The JPF remains open to all interested governments and is designed to accommodate additional donors. Funding commitments are for the duration of the JPF, which is expected to operate until at least 2021.
What is JPF's governance structure?
The overall governance of the JPF falls under the established Fund Board, comprising current JPF donors. The Fund Board remains responsible for the JPF's strategic direction which is being developed in consultation with the Government, Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs).
Who manages the JPF?
The JPF management team 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 signs agreements with partners, except for small grants. The JPF management team is jointly responsible for monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects.
What size of grants does the JPF provide and what are the administration fee arrangements?
The JPF offers smalls grants (up to US$ 100,000) for which up to 5 per cent can be claimed in administration fees by the implementing partner. With large grants (over US$ 100,000) up to 5.5 per cent can be claimed in administration fees by the implementing partner.
Will the JPF focus on women and gender issues specific to the peace process?
The JPF will give special attention to gender responsiveness and to ensuring women’s participation in the peace process, while drawing on global lessons for this. The JPF is planning to dedicate at least 15 per cent of its overall funding disbursements to projects focused on addressing women’s needs, equality and empowerment, as active contributors to the peace process.
Will the JPF engage with Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) who have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA)?
The JPF has been set up to support the peace process impartially. It is therefore open to engaging with all EAOs, signatories as well as non-signatories to the NCA, in a bid to support an inclusive, nationally owned peace process.