Supporting local civil society organisations (CSOs) involved in peacebuilding and preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE) is increasingly recognised as a necessary and efficient way of promoting sustainable peace. However, providing funding to such organisations can be challenging for a variety of reasons, including administrative limitations, difficulties in identifying appropriate local actors or the perceived “risk” of money getting into the hands of terrorists or violent extremist groups.
For small, local, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), managing donors’ funds can also be challenging as it often requires robust administrative capacities and procedures. Funding which is provided by certain donors or which is labelled for certain activities can also have serious security implications. These challenges are particularly felt by women-led organisations promoting peace, rights, pluralism and equality.
In order to respond to these challenges, in 2015, the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) established the Innovative Peace Fund (IPF): an independent multi-donor grant making and technical support mechanism which provides small grants to its partners.