Peacebuilding grants

The Peace Building Unit manages the award procedure for funding projects in the “Peace Building” budget of the FPS Foreign Affairs.

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Funding of 2024 peace building projects

Organisations will now be approached by the Peace Building Department and will no longer be able to submit unsolicited proposals.

General policy

Belgian peace building funding supports Belgium’s foreign policy which itself is in line with internationally-agreed frameworks. These include the “Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy”, the “Sustainable Development Goals for 2030” and the report on “Peacebuilding and sustaining peace” by the Secretary General of the United Nations. The funded projects will meet the political priorities of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Belgian Parliament and will respond to international challenges.

Belgium wants to contribute to the construction of situations of lasting peace, particularly by dealing with the causes of instability, helping with the prevention, mediation and resolution of disputes, resolving the consequences of conflicts and even supporting efforts intended to prevent potential relapses into crises.

Major priority areas:

  • conflict prevention by promoting timely actions, particularly those that focus on mediation and the role of women in peace and security.
  • the protection of civilians, especially children, who must be central to any effort in terms of peace building and sustaining peace.
  • the promotion of Human Rights, particularly with regards women and children, respect for democratic principles and support for the establishment of the principles of the Rule of Law.
  • the elimination of anti-personnel landmines and the illegal flow of light weapons and small arms, along with, more generally, campaigns against the disproportionate use of weapons that contravenes humanitarian law and campaigns in favour of disarmament.
  • combating impunity, especially cases of mass atrocities, with particular attention to the fate of victims.
  • support for efforts that aim to mitigate the effects of climate change on the safety of people, particularly the most vulnerable populations.

Other priorities may be added to this.

The selected organisations will be invited to read and apply the guidelines (see separate document) and their appendices (which include the compulsory template for submitting a project proposal, the templates for the intermediate and final reports and a declaration of claim template). These guidelines also contain more conceptual and procedural information.

Functioning as a one-stop shop, the Peace Building Department is the only competent department for receiving and processing project proposals.

Only project proposals initiated with organisations by the Peace Building Department in collaboration with our posts or the administration services or by the Foreign Affairs Peace Building Unit (at the email address: Peacebuilding@diplobel.fed.be) will be considered. Similarly, the Peace Building Unit will be the contact point for progress throughout the project.

For 2024, the proposals must follow the following modalities:

  • the budgets for the proposals will be determined by the Peace Building Department depending on the available budget.
  • the execution period may vary by several months up to a maximum of 24 months.

For any additional information: Peacebuilding@diplobel.fed.be.