The Fund

The UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) is the organization’s financial instrument of first resort to sustain peace in countries or situations at risk or affected by violent conflict. The PBF may invest with UN entities, governments, regional organizations, multilateral banks, national multi-donor trust funds or civil society organizations. From 2006 to 2021, the PBF has allocated nearly $1.67 billion to 65 recipient countries.

Since its inception, 64 member states contributed to the Fund, and 46 have made commitments and pledges for the present 2020-2024 Investment Plan. The Fund works across pillars and supports integrated UN responses to fill critical gaps; respond quickly and with the flexibility to peacebuilding opportunities and catalyze processes and resources in a risk-tolerant fashion.

Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding Branch

Brian James Williams  

Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding Branch

Brian Williams has worked in the development field for close to 30 years. In 2021 he served in the United Nations Development Coordination Office as the ad interim Chief of Policy and Programming, following on from serving as UN Resident Coordinator in Albania from December 2015 to mid-2020.  From 2010 - 2015 he was the Chief of the Peacebuilding Fund in the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office and from 2001 to 2008 he worked on the global HIV crisis, as UNAIDS Coordinator in Myanmar and in Geneva headquarters. Since 1990, Mr Williams has lived in and worked on humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. He has worked with the United Nations, USAID, CARE International, and the International Rescue Committee.  Brian’s wife Julie also works for the UN (OCHA), and they have two high-school aged children.  Brian has a Masters from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Harvard University. 

PBF Directory

Priority Windows

Fostering Inclusion through Women and Youth Empowerment
Supporting Cross-border and Regional Approaches
Facilitating Transitions

Focus Areas

Implement and Sustain Peace Agreements
Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence
Peace Dividends
Re-establishing Basic Services

Our Team


Peacebuilding Support Office
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