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Bangui National Forum, Central African Republic
“People call us every day at any time. They call us at night, they call us in the street, they even call us on Sundays.” —Josephine, Woman Mediator, Burundi, April 2017
A meeting of GAI-supported women mediators, Burundi, April 2017
A meeting of GAI-supported women mediators, Burundi, April 2017
A community dialogue organized by GAI-supported women mediators, Burundi, April 2017
A community dialogue organized by GAI-supported women mediators, Burundi, April 2017
About

GAI Mission

 

The Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI) on Women, Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action is a flexible and rapid financing mechanism that supports quality interventions to enhance the capacity to prevent conflict, respond to crises and emergencies, seize key peacebuilding opportunities, and encourage the sustainability and national ownership of investments.

 

The GAI will enhance women’s engagement in peace and security and/or humanitarian action by:

 

  • Breaking silos between humanitarian, peace, security and development finance by investing in enhancing women’s engagement, leadership and empowerment across all phases of the crisis, peace, security, and development contiguum.
  • Addressing structural funding gaps for women’s participation by improving the timeliness, predictability and flexibility of international assistance.
  • Improving policy coherence and coordination by complementing existing financing instruments and promoting synergies across all actors: multilateral and bilateral entities, national governments’ women’s machineries; and local civil society organizations

 

A minimum of 50 per cent of all GAI funds are expected to be allocated to civil society organizations. The GAI will also serve as a knowledge management platform and hub for resources on women, peace and security.

 

GAI Background

 

Over the past decade, research and practice have built an unquestionable evidence base that women’s participation and inclusion in peace and security processes makes humanitarian assistance more effective, strengthens the protection efforts of peacekeepers, improves prevention efforts against radicalization and the spread of extremism, and accelerates economic recovery through more diverse peace dividends. Evidence also shows that women’s meaningful participation results in a more sustainable peace, including through the conclusion of peace talks and implementation of resulting peace agreements.

 

The right of women to full participation in all areas of peace and security decision-making has been recognized by the UN Security Council since resolution 1325 (2000). However, despite the establishment of a robust policy and accountability framework, women’s participation continues to be minimal in relevant forums.

 while the contribution of women and girls to peacebuilding and consolidation of peace continues to go unrecognized, undervalued, and under-resourced, leaving untapped an incredible tool for transformative change and sustainable peace.

 

To address the financing gaps and create greater synergies between different sources of funding to meet the needs of women across the humanitarian-development divide, a Women, Peace and Security Financing Discussion Group (FDG) composed of representatives from donors, conflict-affected Member States, United Nations entities and civil society was established in June 2014. This Group subsequently initiated the Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI) for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action - a pooled funding mechanism which aims to re-energize action and stimulate a significant shift in the financing of the women’s participation, leadership and empowerment in both humanitarian response and peace and security settings.

 

The establishment of the GAI is recommended by the Global Study on the Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1325 and welcomed by the UN Secretary-General in his 2015 Report to the Security Council on Women and Peace and Security as well as in Security Council resolution 2242 (2015).

 

 

Expected results

 

The GAI is anchored in a strong theory of change. The overall goal is to achieve peaceful and gender equal societies, through 6 outcome areas:


  • An enabling environment for the implementation of WPS commitments: This will require evidence-based advocacy and technical support to ensure adoption, monitoring and financing of quality, locally relevant accountability frameworks (including National Action Plans).

  • Women’s participation in decision-making processes and responses related to conflict prevention:  This can only materialize if three conditions are in place: (i) favorable attitudes towards women’s participation; (ii) local women’s organizations with the capacity to establish networks and early-warning systems; and (iii) women’s conflict prevention mechanisms are connected to national mechanisms and national and international reporting and response systems.
  • Gender inclusive and responsive humanitarian response: this requires both technical tools and direct support for local women’s organizations to engage effectively in humanitarian planning and programming. It will also require that women’s organizations are given a more meaningful role in service delivery, and exercise leadership in camp coordination and management.
  • Protection of women and girls’ human rights, safety, physical and mental health and security: This requires measures that prevent acts of violence, facilitate access to services for survivors of violence, and strengthen accountability mechanisms.

  • Promotion of the socio-economic recovery and political participation of women and girls in post-conflict situations, through women’s participation in peacebuilding and recovery planning, women's economic empowerment within recovery efforts (including access to land, financing and entrepreneurship), as well as promoting gender-responsive post-conflict institutions.
  • Increased women’s representation and leadership in formal and informal peace negotiations: Addressing attitudinal and cultural barriers is critical to increasing women’s role in these processes as is increasing the availability of gender expertise and capacity of mediators to secure inclusive processes. Further, women’s organizations require support to strengthen their leadership capacity and negotiation skills.  

 

 

Governance

 

The GAI is a partnership between Member States, United Nations and civil society. The fund governance has three levels: 1) Partnership coordination and fund operations (Funding Board, National Steering Committees and Secretariat); 2) Fund design and administration (MPTF Office); and 3) fund implementation (implementing organizations). The global oversight mechanism (Funding Board) and country specific steering committees ensure flexibility and country ownership. The Secretariat ensures operational support for the board and steering committees while the MPTF Office administers the fund. The fund implementers are UN entities, and NGOs can access the fund through a UN Management Entity.

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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Deposits 6,486,767  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) + 17,546  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) + 0  
Total source of funds   6,504,313
Transferred to Participating Organizations 675,170  
Refunds from Participating Organizations - 0  
Administrative Agent Fee + 64,868  
Direct Cost + 360,929  
Bank Charges + 123  
Other + 2,000,000  
Total use of funds   - 3,101,090
Balance with Administrative Agent   3,403,223
As a percentage of deposits   52.5%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transferred to Participating Organizations 675,170  
Total resources   675,170
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 0  
Refunds from Participating Organizations + 0  
Total expenses   - 0
Balance with Participating Organizations   675,170
As a percentage of transfers   100.0%
Total Balance of Funds   4,078,393
As a percentage of deposits   62.9%
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Contacts

For Policy and Programme Issues

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/about-un-women#sthash.ULvGkuK4.dpuf
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/about-un-women#sthash.ULvGkuK4.dpuf
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/about-un-women#sthash.ULvGkuK4.dpuf

Secretariat of the Global Acceleration Instrument for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action, New York, USA

  • Ms Ghita El Khyari, Policy Specialist, Email: ghita.khyari@unwomen.org; Telephone: +1-646-781-4710

For Fund Administrative Agent Issues

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management Services, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990

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