Today, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Local Action Fund – our grant-making programme that will allow us to support a larger number of locally-led atrocity prevention and response interventions in Myanmar and Nigeria.
The Local Action Fund builds on our existing efforts to provide local peacebuilders with the connections and support that they are often unable to access due to their size or type of work that they implement. Through the Fund, we hope to reach a larger number of community-designed initiatives, build bridges within civil society, and support peacebuilding organisations to respond to violence and potential atrocities locally and swiftly.
Dylan Mathews, Chief Executive of Peace Direct, said: “We believe that local organisations, initiatives and communities are best placed to respond to early warning signs of violence and unrest. The Local Action Fund will not only give local organisations more flexible funding options for their work, but will also allow us to support a growing ecosystem of peacebuilders who share common goals.”
In addition to supporting local response initiatives through small grants, the Local Action Fund will also:
- give local organisations the opportunity to connect with each other, learn together and coordinate their work
- identify impactful and efficient work already taking place at a grassroots level, and amplify this work in the global discussions on peacebuilding and atrocity prevention
- share our learning about what works in local atrocity prevention with policymakers – bridging the gap between international and local efforts to prevent atrocities
The Local Action Fund will initially support local work in two locations: Myanmar and Nigeria, where we will work with local advisers to identify peacebuilding work taking place.
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