Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative

About GYPI

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund’s (PBF) Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative (GYPI) is an expression of the Fund’s commitment to inclusive peacebuilding. It supports the empowerment of women and the advancement of gender equality and recognizes the important and positive role young people play in peacebuilding.

Through the initiative the PBF seeks to increase its peacebuilding impact and advance the implementation of the Secretary General’s Seven-Point Action Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding, Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and others on Women, Peace and Security, and Security Council resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security. #GYPI2021 #Youth4Peace

Who is eligible to apply?

The GYPI calls for proposals from both civil society organizations (CSOs) as well as from UN agencies, funds and programms, in PBF eligible countries.

Eligible Countries

GYPI 2021 Webinars

The presentation slides and recordings of all webinars can be found under Guides and Resources

Applications for 2021 are closed and the results of GYPI stage 1 have been announced. 

This year’s GYPI will focus on:

Promoting meaningful participation of women and youth in local peacebuilding and will prioritize proposals on:

  1. Promotion and protection of civic spaces, notably regarding land, indigenous peoples and environmental issues:

  2. Promotion and strengthening of mental health and psychosocial well-being for women and youth as part of local peacebuilding processes 

In addition, preference will be given to joint UN-CSO projects, projects implemented by national CSOs and projects that demonstrate strong partnerships with women- and/or youth-led organizations or networks. 

Types of proposals

The GYPI welcomes proposals from both civil society organizations (CSOs) and UN agencies, funds and programmes. All applicants interested in applying to the GYPI are advised to reach out to the PBF Secretariat in the project country for guidance. In 2021, the GYPI accepts three types of project proposals:

  1. Joint UN proposals: with up to three UN entities as direct fund recipients (to be submitted by the convening UN recipient after receiving the endorsement from the UN Resident Coordinator)
  2. Joint UN-CSO proposals: with up to two UN entities and one CSO as direct fund recipients (to be submitted by the convening UN recipient after receiving the endorsement from the UN Resident Coordinator)
  3. CSO proposals: with one CSO as direct fund recipient (to be submitted by the CSO independently).

Timeline 2021

Stage 1
Call for applications and launch 3 May 2021
Webinar: Introducing GYPI 2021 and Q&A 10 May 2021
Webinar: Protection and promotion of civic space 25 May 2021
Webinar: Mental health and psychosocial wellbeing 27 May 2021
Opening of the online application platform 26 May 2021
Deadline for online submission concept notes 18 June 2021
Communication of first stage results August 2021
Stage 2
Webinar: Theory of Change and Conflict Analysis 9 September 8:30-10:30 EST
Deadline draft proposal for feedback (optional) 17 September COB
Deadline PSEA documents for CSOs 17 September COB
Dealine for submission of full projects proposals 22 October 23:59 EST
Communication of second stage results December 2021
Disbursement of funds December 2021/ January 2022