Programming Rounds

First Programming Round​

The first programming round commenced with a Technical Briefing and Q&A session conducted jointly by United Nations Department of Peace Operations (UN DPO), UN Women, Global Affairs Canada and DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance for all Member States on the 9th of July 2019, with Letters of Interest (LOIs) due to the Elsie Initiative Fund Secretariat by the 1st of October 2019. The response to the Elsie Initiative Fund’s first call for LOI was overwhelmingly positive with a total of 36 LOIs received from:​

  • 18 Troop and/or Police Contributing Countries (T/PCC) including ten African T/PCCs, three Asian T/PCCs, four Latin American T/PCCs, and one Middle Eastern T/PCC, with several countries submitting more than one LOI
  • four UN organizations including the UN DPO, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and two Permanent Missions to the United Nations​.

LOI and Project proposals were wide ranging and ambitious:​

  • several sought to construct Peacekeeping Training centers and female accommodation facilities
  • approximately half sought to conduct a range of pre-deployment training activities including language training, computer and IT training, driving skills, and training on gender and sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA)
  • several sought funding to purchase left hand vehicles to train women, as well as a range of proposals including advocacy for women’s participation, and education and recruitment campaigns focusing on women
  • ranged between US $200 K and US $1 M​.

The Steering Committee convened on the 27th November 2019 and agreed to invite the following six T/PCCs and one UN organization, to develop a detailed submission (two T/PCCs submitted two proposals) for technical review by early April 2020: 

  • Jordan – Gendarmerie
  • Nepal – Army
  • Bangladesh – Police and Armed Forces
  • Senegal – Gendarmerie and Police
  • Togo – Military
  • Niger – Security and Defence Forces

The Steering Committee also agreed to a total allocation of up to US $8-12 M for the first programming round, with:​

  • US $4-6 M for these nine LOIs to be developed into detailed proposals, and ​
  • a further US $4-6 M for the remaining T/PCC applicants to conduct a Barrier Assessment.​

Second Programming Round​

The Elsie Initiative Fund’s Secretariat anticipates launching the second programming round in April 2021, with a third round likely to be announced early 2022. ​The launch of the second programming round will follow consultation with the Steering Committee. ​

Calls for Letters of Interest will be accompanied by additional resource mobilization efforts by the Secretariat and Steering Committee members.​

2021 Key Events on Women Peace and Security

Cool Timeline

February 19

Munich Security Forum

March 8

International Women’s Day

March 15

65th Session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65); 15 – 26 March

Priority theme: Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
March 24

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

April 4

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

April 24

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

April 28

Launch of Elsie’s Second Programming Round – High Level event

May 4

Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development

May 18

Technical Brief (followed by a range of workshops) and Call for Letter of Interest

May 29

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

June 19

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

June 20

World Refugee Day

June 30

Generation Equality Forum – Paris 

End of June – TBD
August 3

Aspen Security Forum

August 19

World Humanitarian Day

August 21

International Day for the Remembrance and Commemoration of Victims of Terror

September 14

76th UN General Assembly (UNGA)

14 – 30 Sep
September 26

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

October 2

International Day of Non-Violence

October 15

Open Debate on WPS

October – TBD
November 6

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

November 25

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

16 Days of Activism Against GBV 25 Nov – 10 Dec
December 7

Policy Consultation Takes Place between Korean and Mexican Directors-General for International Organizations

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