Months and even years before the Russian convoy of tanks and artillery started crossing the border into Ukraine, initiating attacks on the ground and in the air, another war has already been underway—the war in cyberspace.
Until now, improvements in physical security and a reduction in corruption since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan offer opportunities to the country, but actions are needed by both the international community and the interim Taliban administration to avoid realizing the current dire outlook predicted by two recent World Bank reports.
There is currently a North-South gap in discussions on peacebuilding financing, despite the fact that emerging powers are playing an increasingly important role in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Now is the moment to create opportunities for mutual engagement, coordination, and learning.
In 2020 and 2021, peacebuilding funding discussions focused on community led initiatives gained renewed momentum from a ripple effect of global movements focused on equality and decolonization. In response, donors initiated reviews and made commitments to increase local financing in quantity and to improve financing quality by shifting power and inclusion in grantmaking processes to communities being supported and impacted by the funding.
In this explainer, we unpack the proposal introduced by the UN secretary-general for the General Assembly to approve, on an annual basis, $100 million in assessed contributions to the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), and address misconceptions and key sticking points for member states ahead of the April 27, 2022 High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding Financing.