Call for proposals


UN Women is pleased to announce that it launched the second programming round of the Elsie Initiative Fund for Uniformed Women in Peace Operations on 28 April 2021. The Fund will consider proposals for three different types of activities:  

  • Barrier assessments to identify the main factors impeding the deployment of uniformed women peacekeepers to United Nations missions;  
  • Projects aimed at increasing the meaningful participation of uniformed women peacekeepers in United Nations missions;  
  • A premium for the deployment of gender-strong units that include substantial representation of women overall and in positions of authority, have provided gender-equity training to all unit members, and has adequate material to ensure parity of deployment conditions for women and men peacekeepers.  

Consideration can also be given to funding a combination of these activities for Troop and Police Contributing Countries.

Application Process

Step 1Launch of call for LOI28 April 2021
Step 2Submission of LOI to the EIF31 July 2021
Step 3Technical Committee review LOIs and decision by the Steering CommitteeSeptember – October 2021
Step 4Submission of detailed proposals to the EIFDecember 2021 – January
2022
Step 5Technical Committee review of proposals and decision by the Steering CommitteeSecond quarter, 2022
Step 6Clearances and disbursement of fundsThird quarter, 2022

Application guidelines and resources

Application guidelines and resourcesVersionLast Update
Letter of Interest (LOI) FormEnglish FrançaisMay 2021
Detailed Proposal FormEnglishFrançaisOctober 2021
Application Guidelines for the Second Programming RoundEnglishFrançais May 2021
Call for Letters of InterestEnglishFrançais May 2021
Video tutorialsEnglish Français May 2021
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)English Français May 2021

Documents on the Technical Briefing in English on the Second Programming Round, 18 May 2021

DocumentsVersionLast Update
Elsie Initiative Fund PresentationEnglish18 May 2021
DCAF MOWIP PresentationEnglish18 May 2021
Senegal Gendarmerie Flexible Funding and Gender-Strong Unit ProjectEnglish18 May 2021

Recordings – Technical Briefing in English on the Second Programming Round, 18 May 2021

RecordingsVersionLast Update
Welcome and Introductory Remarks – Canada and UN Women English18 May 2021
Peacekeeper – Lt.Col. Seitebatso Pearl Block, South African National Defence Force, UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year 2017 English18 May 2021
Elsie Initiative Fund – Technical Aspects English18 May 2021
DCAF MOWIP – Technical Aspects English18 May 2021
Roundtable discussion – discussion on approved projects – Senegal Gendarmerie, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces and UN Women Sierra LeoneEnglish18 May 2021
Questions and AnswersEnglish18 May 2021

Documents on the Technical Briefing in French on the Second Programming Round, 27 May 2021

DocumentsVersionLast Update
Elsie Initiative Fund Presentation Français27 May 2021
Roundtable Presentation Français27 May 2021
Senegal Police Flexible Funding and Gender-Strong Unit Project Français27 May 2021
Niger Military and Police Flexible Funding Project Français27 May 2021
DCAF MOWIP PresentationFrançais27 May 2021

Recordings – Technical Briefing in French on the Second Programming Round, 27 May 2021

RecordingsVersionLast Update
Introductory remarks – Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Canada and UN WomenFrançais27 May 2021
Peacekeeper – Comptrolleur Général Ganda Rabiatou, Police Adviser, Permanent Mission of Niger to the United NationsFrançais27 May 2021
Elsie Initiative Fund – Technical Aspects Français27 May 2021
Roundtable – discussion on approved projects with Senegal Police, Niger UN Women, Military and Police, DCAFFrançais27 May 2021
Questions and AnswersFrançais27 May 2021

Recordings – Webinars on Barrier Assessment, Project funding and Gender-strong Unit

RecordingsVersionLast Update
Barrier AssessmentEnglish FrançaisJuly 2021
Project FundingEnglish FrançaisJuly 2021
Gender-strong UnitEnglish FrançaisJuly 2021