The goal of the PSF is to enhance social cohesion in Myanmar by supporting nationally driven initiatives.
A cohesive society is one which works towards the wellbeing of all, creates a sense of belonging, promotes trust, and offers everyone the opportunity to prosper and advance peacefully.
The PSF will fund activities and projects with different methodologies, but focused primarily on seeking to directly contribute to the enhancement of social cohesion or inter-communal harmony in Myanmar communities. Projects could, for instance, be focused on strengthening trust, confidence and communications among and between different communities and groups or sectors within communities, or identifying and responding to emerging areas of need or building capacity of communities to improve and transform relationships to enhance social cohesion.
Our Focus - What We Fund
The PSF provides funding to demand-driven, small-scale and tailored initiatives which contribute to social cohesion.
Funded projects range in size, duration, modality and focus, but a preference is given to small-scale, catalytic initiatives. We invite proposals from a range of organisations, local, national and international, but especially encourage national initiatives and organisations.
The PSF can fund projects, events, activities, training, and analysis which meet the Criteria.
We also provide 'Funding +', needs-based organizational capability enhancement for partners in addition to grants.
The PSF is currently accepting applications for initiatives which will be completed by September 2018.
If you are unsure, please contact us to make an inquiry.
The PSF was established in early 2014 and has in the past provided funding under two pillars, peace process and inter-communal harmony, since early 2015, the PSF has been pivoting its funding to the latter pillar and will now focus on supporting projects that contribute to inter-communal harmony and social cohesion.
If you are seeking funding that relates to the core elements of the Myanmar peace process. Please go to the Joint Peace Fund website.
Our Partnership Principles
The people behind the initiatives we support are key to achieving this goal, as are the relationships we build together. We are pleased to share these Partnership Principles, in order to help clarify the kind of relationships we want to foster with our partners.
o Putting the people of Myanmar at the centre of our focus.
o Remaining committed to the highest level of integrity with mutual respect.
o Understanding the environment in which we operate and acting in order to minimise negative impacts and maximise positive impacts.
o Demonstrating flexibility and agility in responding to Myanmar’s dynamic and evolving context.
o Ensuring transparency through clear communication with clarity on roles and responsibilities, and through accountability to our partners and to the people and communities with and for whom we work.
o Promoting women’s equal representation at all levels.
o Recognising the added value of both innovation in the Myanmar context and lessons from peacebuilding practice in other contexts.
These principles are reflected in the PSF Implementation Agreements with implementing partners and the PSF Project Progress reporting templates.
Who Provides the Funding?
The PSF established in March 2014, receives funding from the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Government of Sweden.
Total funding made available through the PSF is currently USD 6 million per annum with disbursements made on a rolling basis, assessed against agreed criteria. As a multi-donor fund, the Peace Support Fund has been designed and structured to accommodate further donors should there be the interest or requirement.
The PSF works closely with other donors in Myanmar to ensure there is strong coordination between the activities and initiatives funded and those already in place on the ground and also co-finances projects with a range of donors and partners.
The PSF has a full-time Management Team (MT) based in Yangon who routinely visit our states and regions and project sites. We are here to assist with enquiries, the application process, and to ensure effective implementation of projects. You will find all our details on the contact page. Please get in touch with us. We welcome your inquiries.
NIS Foundation (NIS) provides administrative support to the management team. NIS is a Norwegian-registered, non-profit foundation engaged in stabilisation and reconciliation initiatives in conflict and post-conflict areas. NIS’ primary areas of intervention are institutional development, public service delivery, and conflict resolution.