Good Peacebuilding Financing: Opportunities for Action in the Current Context

Informal Roundtable Discussion ahead of the High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding Financing


Thursday, April 21, 2022
9:00 - 10:30 AM EST
Register for the event here

Hybrid meeting with limited in-person seating at the Swedish Mission
as well as participation via Zoom


The Good Peacebuilding Financing (GPF) initiative was initiated by Sweden in 2020 to develop action-oriented recommendations to improve the quality and quantity of financing for peacebuilding. Building on previous efforts, such as the New Deal, this initiative has been mooted at an opportune moment when global leaders’ attention will be focused on peacebuilding financing during the upcoming UN High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding Financing (April 27, 2022). While the focus of the GPF is not targeted at the HLM alone, this moment provides a key opportunity for deep reflection and high-level mobilizing of commitments and action on peacebuilding. It is also an opportunity to kickstart new and more inclusive approaches to peacebuilding financing.

Over the past year, the NYU Center on International Cooperation and other technical partners, including the Institute for Security Studies–South Africa, Overseas Development Institute, European Centre for Development Policy Management, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, have provided technical inputs that have informed the process Sweden has been leading. 

From this process, CIC has distilled a set of recommendations on commitment areas with the most promise for generating meaningful change (and accompanying blog post). These are:

  1. A commitment to finding common ground
  2. A commitment to engage the IFIs
  3. A commitment to work cross-governmentally
  4. A commitment to innovate
  5. A commitment to monitoring and results
  6. A commitment to local approaches
  7. A commitment to advocate


As the High-level Meeting approaches, this roundtable discussion provides a space to discuss the larger issues at stake for peacebuilding financing in our current moment.

It will bring together member states, representatives from the multilateral system, and civil society to socialize the GPF initiative to a broader audience and discuss the level of ambition for the upcoming UN High-level Meeting.

Guiding questions are:

  • What have been the most significant obstacles to the implementation of previous commitments to improving peacebuilding financing and donorship practices?
  • What does the future of the peacebuilding financing landscape look like? And how are current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine affecting this future?
  • How can a more diverse group of actors be better included in peacebuilding financing discussions?
  • What are the most important opportunities that can be seized in the short- to medium-term, given the many pressures at the current moment?
  • How can the High-level meeting be used to generate momentum for the most important commitments? How do we ensure the GPF agenda does not just take off but delivers results? Who needs to do what?


This is an informal roundtable discussion without set speeches.


8:45 – 9:00 am:          Pre-arrival for breakfast (in person participants only)

9:00 – 9:10 am:          Opening

 Introductory remarks: H.E. Anna Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN, H.E. Osama Abdel Khalek, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN and Sarah Cliffe, Director CIC

 Introducing the GPF recommendationsBetty Wainaina-Maina, Senior Program Officer, NYU CIC

9:10-10 am:                Roundtable

                 Moderator: Paige Arthur, Deputy Director, NYU CIC

  • Henrik Hammargren – Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Executive Director
  • Kathryn Nwajiaku Dahou – Overseas Development Institute, Director Politics and Governance
  • Andrew Sherriff – European Centre for Development Policy Management, Associate Director, Institutional Relations and Partnerships
  • Jannie Lilja – Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Director of Studies, Peace and Development
  • Sultan Barakat – Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Professor, and University of York, Honorary Professor
  • Gustavo de Carvalho – Independent consultant (formerly Institute for Security Studies-South Africa)

10-10:25 am:              Discussion

            Moderator: Paige Arthur

Open questions and answers from participants

10:25-10:30 am:        Closing Remarks



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