As announced, the review of projects introduced before 4-2-2019 has begun. The volume of project proposals is such that we cannot accommodate new proposals until the next government is installed.
The "Policy Planning and Peace Building" S0.1 Service is responsible for the management of the award procedure for projects eligible to the “Peace Building” budget line of the FPS Foreign Affairs.
Belgium’s peace building funding is meant to support the country’s foreign policy which itself seeks to be in line with a number of internationally-agreed frameworks. These include the “Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union”, the “Sustainable Development Goals for 2030” and the report on “Peacebuilding and sustaining peace” by the Secretary General of the United Nations.
Through this type of funding, Belgium wishes to help build situations of lasting peace. This involves addressing 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.
Belgium’s 2019 peace building priorities
In 2019, preference will be given to projects that address the following priorities. These are thematic and geographical in nature and must be understood cumulatively, i.e. ideally, projects should satisfy both types of priorities simultaneously.
1. Thematic priorities:
Preferential attention will be given to projects that correspond to the thematic priorities set out during the campaign for a seat on the Security Council.
- Conflict prevention through the promotion of timely actions, particularly those of the kind 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 elimination of anti-personnel landmines and of illegal flows of light weapons and small arms, along with, more generally, campaigns against the use of weapons with disproportionate consequences that contravene human rights and campaigns in favour of disarmament.
- Promotion of Human Rights, with particular regard to women and children, support for the establishment of the principles of the Rule of Law.
- Combating impunity, especially in cases of mass atrocities, with particular attention to the suffering of the victims.
- The fight against terrorism and violent extremism, including actions designed to combat their root causes.
- Support for efforts that aim to mitigate the effects of climate change on the safety of people, particularly the most vulnerable populations.
2. Geographical priorities:
Projects applying for funding will be chosen depending on the regions in which they will be implemented.
- Projects that take place in regions where the Belgian Government has established a “Comprehensive Approach” in accordance with its decision of 20 July 2017 will be particularly encouraged. Currently, these geographical targets include the Sahel region in the broad sense and the countries of Iraq, Syria and Tunisia.
- Relevant projects in the Great Lakes region which encompasses the 12 member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, remain a priority.
- Projects to be implemented in the regions adjacent to those above and presenting a particular interest for them could also be taken into account where appropriate.
- Projects carried out in other regions of the world can be taken into consideration on an exceptional basis provided that resources are available, that they relate to the thematic priorities and that the reasons for providing support are strongly motivated.
In practical terms, in 2019, the project proposals must fall within these thematic and geographical priorities in order to be taken into consideration.
We invite you to read and apply the guidelines (see separate document) and its appendices (which include the compulsory template for submitting a project proposal, the templates for the intermediate and final reports and a template for filing a financial claim). These guidelines also contain more conceptual and procedural information.
Functioning as a “one-stop-shop”, the S0.1 Service is the only competent department for receiving and processing project proposals. All project proposals, regardless of whether they are collected by our diplomatic posts, the regular administration or the Strategic Unit of the Foreign Affairs Minister, must be sent to S0.1 (at the email address: Peacebuilding@diplobel.fed.be) in order to be taken into account. Similarly, S0.1 will be the contact point for any person with an interest in the subsequent progress of the procedure.
For 2019, the following arrangements have been set out:
- The projects funded will ideally have a value of approximately €300,000. This is a target value. More specifically, it is recommended that the projects proposed have a minimum value of €150,000. It is also requested that the maximum value of €450,000 would in no case be exceeded.
- The projects funded will have an implementation duration of maximum 36 months.
- 2019 will see legislative elections meaning the change of government will entail a temporary freeze of budget expenditure. Therefore, S0.1 is inviting the submission of proposals before 4 February 2019. This is necessary in order to be able to carry out the examination of the proposals, perform the consultations in accordance with the rules set out in the guidelines, and to reach the decisions in good time.
For any additional information: Peacebuilding@diplobel.fed.be.