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.
More than 70 papers were submitted for the UN Peacebuiilding Architecture Review in 2020, covering nearly 800 recommendations from the UN, member states, civil society organizations, Independent Eminent Persons, and Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) consultations. CIC is delighted to announce that it has created a publicly available tool to analyze and monitor the recommendations in an online matrix.
The global housing crisis shows few signs of letting up. This report from Gianpaolo Baiocchi (Director of the Urban Democracy Lab, Professor of Individualized Studies and Sociology at NYU) and H. Jacob Carlson (postdoctoral research associate at S4 at Brown University) argues that the solutions can be found in "social housing."