Project Funding Criteria
All proposals must demonstrate that they are:
In addition to the general criteria, your project may fall within more than one of the three JPF programme areas.
Programme Area 1: Direct Peace Process Support
The proposed activity must contribute to the building of confidence in the peace process and/or trust between its parties, and do at least one of the following:
1. Support the establishment and/or functioning of:
2. Support the conflict parties in specific aspects of implementation, such as interim arrangements, that are mentioned in the NCA or bilateral agreements.
3. Enable greater substantive participation and diversity of roles of women in the formal peace process, (such as leaders, mediators, delegates, advisers and facilitators), and increase gender responsiveness of the process overall
4. Broaden participation in the peace process. Enable or enhance the capacity of stakeholders, particularly those cited in the NCA, to prepare for or participate in the process, whether as a member of a formal body or more informally. This may be through activities that support the engagement of different stakeholders in the peace process such as peace fora, consultations, or other events. These projects should seek to enable meaningful participation, particularly for groups often underrepresented in the peace process such as women, youth, local communities and marginalised groups.
Programme Area 2: Peacebuilding Support
The JPF will support peacebuilding initiatives that strengthen the peace process and build confidence in this process at community level, in a wide variety of ways. Such projects will be supported at every level of Myanmar society - Union, State and local.
The proposed activities must seek to achieve at least one of the following:
1. Build or enhance trust and confidence between the different parties to advance social cohesion and support the transformation of relationships, particularly between and among government, Ethnic Armed Organisations and communities.
2. Peacebuilding activities that support the peace process or the implementation of aspects of agreements already made. These may include support for and/or awareness raising around elements of the NCA or bi-lateral ceasefires or activities which embed peace at the local level, building confidence and trust in these agreements.
3. Community-based initiatives that enhance safety and security at the local level.
4. Socio-economic initiatives (public or private sector) that bring tangible benefits to communities and build and sustain confidence in the peace process, particularly those that create opportunities to bring together a combination of peace stakeholders (e.g. communities, government and/or Ethnic Armed Organizations to work together for a common outcome.
5. Initiatives (including any of those outlined above) that enhance women's role in peacebuilding around the peace process; that seek to increase women's representation and participation in informal aspects of the peace process (fora, networks, outreach); that support informal networks or channels that enable women's voices to be heard in the formal peace process; and initiatives that support the role of women as promoters, leaders or facilitators of peace at all levels of Myanmar society: Union, State or local.
Programme Area 3: Research and Innovation
The proposal should relate to research or innovation on an aspect of the peace process and at least one of the following:
1. Assessing people's knowledge of, attitude to, and expectations of the peace process; determining their needs for information and education around the process, analysing where important gaps exist, and putting in place solutions to address these needs.
2. Research and innovation products that provide comprehensive, evidence-based, gender responsive analyses and context assessments designed to enhance shared understanding and stakeholder capacity to engage effectively, and inform policy and innovation related to the needs of the peace process.
3. Initiatives that harness digital technology to (i) enable information sharing, collaborative learning, and public dialogue about issues that are directly related to the peace process; or (ii) open pathways to alternative livelihood opportunities for youth in conflict affected areas; or (iii) directly inform, enable, or strengthen the role of women and youth in the process.
4. Research and innovation initiatives that strengthen the capacity of stakeholders to develop jointly informed or shared positions on issues that have a direct and immediate relevance to the political dialogue process.
The JPF has a finite funding envelope and not all proposals will receive funding.
The JPF will look to balance available funds across a portfolio of projects which address all three programme areas.
The JPF may seek changes to proposals which do not meet all the criteria, but which meet some of the criteria and fall within the overall objectives of the fund.