A flagship from the Institute’s earliest days, USIP’s Grant Program has supported and furthered the work of individuals and institutions in the United States and around the world to advance the conflict resolution and peacebuilding fields – and to promote peace.  The Institute remains committed to the support of peacebuilding researchers and practitioners globally to develop, test, and apply nonviolent approaches to resolving conflict and advancing peace. 

Over the past 30 years, the peacebuilding field has matured and consolidated.  It now requires a new focused investment in its conceptual and practical development.  Accordingly, the Institute has restructured its grantmaking to fund and support targeted opportunities to advance peacebuilding research and practice. The Institute’s Annual Grant Competition (AGC) has been replaced by focused grantmaking to support institutions that test and advance models of peacebuilding practice, and build the capacity of partners in conflict countries to implement and assess the effectiveness of creative peacebuilding strategies.  

The Institute has been proud to support the field of peacebuilding in its initial phases and to seed its intellectual development through seminal studies, such Ashutosh Varshney’s Ethnic Conflict and Civil Life:  Hindus and Muslims in India; Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s A Human Being Died that Night:  A South African Woman Confronts the Legacy of Apartheid: and, I. William Zartman and Guy Olivier Faure’s Engaging Extremists:  Trade-offs, Timing and Diplomacy.  To raise public awareness of conflict and peace-related issues in the U.S. and around the world, USIP has funded documentary films, such as the Emmy-award winning In Rwanda We Say...The Family That Does Not Speak Dies, which explores the Gacaca, a community-based form of participatory justice, and State of Fear, winner of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media and based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

For information about projects receiving USIP awards through the 2013 Annual Grant Competition, the Institute’s last such competition, see the project descriptions below. 

Click here for details about the new grant opportunities  now being offered by the Institute – opportunities that reinforce the major threads of USIP’s programmatic work, including the application of new technologies in the service of peace; inclusivity and participation in peace processes;  conflict resolution and peace education and training; and the promotion of nonviolent approaches to resolving conflict.

USIP’s 2013 Annual Grant Competition Awardees

University of Notre Dame, Luc Reydams and co-director Patience Kabamba (Marymount Manhattan College) has been awarded $70,000 to conduct a research project that examines international judicial interventions in the Great Lakes region of Africa from 1994-2004. This project will result in a book that will assess the International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) interventions in post-conflict Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and the Central African Republic and perceptions by the public of these interventions.

The Peres Center, Yarden Leal-Yablonka has been awarded $87,000 to implement a new media program, YaLa New Media Citizen Journalists.  Through an on-line platform, the program will simultaneously train Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab youth from across the broader Middle East North Africa region to  be empowered “citizen journalists,"  creating a mechanism for cross-border engagement, as well as broad regional outreach and youth empowerment. In addition to training a group of 100 young MENA activists in the effective use of digital tools for news reporting and editorial reflection, the program is designed to create a sustainable network of young leaders and a new regional blogging hub.  The training curriculum draws on content from the fields of new media technology, journalism, and conflict resolution , allowing participants to effectively and constructively engage with one another using an online blogging platform  that promotes interaction, peer-editing, and dialogue.  Blogs will focus on issues of shared importance, such as gender, identity, politics, social justice, and culture. The project aims to provide a replicable model for constructive cross-border youth engagement in other conflict zones. 

The University of Colorado, Jennifer Fluri has been awarded $115,000 to systematically analyze Afghan Women's Organizations’ efforts toward peace building and civil society development. The study will assess NGOs’ resilience in a diminished funding environment with recommendations to the international community on sustainability and institution building.

The University of Pennsylvania, Monroe Price and Lauren Kogen, has been awarded $99,950 to assess the feasibility of having the public receive radio programming via mobile phones in rural Rwanda by testing various interactive voice response (IVR) platforms. Working in collaboration with Radio La Benevolencija (RLB) in Rwanda, the initiative will assess the IVR’s potential to increase programing, its ease of use, its ability to generate useful feedback for radio program implementers, and challenges to implementing an effective IVR system. Findings will be disseminated to the scholarly and practitioner communities, particularly those engaged in media and other peacebuilding work in remote areas.

The University of Toronto, Jacques Bertrand has been awarded $89,000 to undertake research that will examine the status of relations between the state and ethnic groups in Myanmar at a critical time in the country’s emergence from conflict and its transition to democracy. In addition to producing findings on ethnic minority grievances in Myanmar and assessing the extent to which current government policies and institutions address these grievances, the project will facilitate discussions on and explore possible paths to institutional reform that can improve the status of ethnic minorities and alleviate future tensions and conflict.

George Mason University, Agnieszka Paczynska and Peter Mandaville has been awarded $97,000 to conduct research on emerging powers, such as China, India, Brazil, Turkey, and South Korea, and their assistance to and interventions in post-conflict countries.  The project will inform policy makers on areas for engaging emerging powers and the effectiveness of their assistance in post-conflict environments through meetings and a series of short, targeted articles published in policy journals.  The project will also help establish an academic field of study in this area by engaging the academic community through a conference and an edited volume.

The Council on Foreign Relations, Josh Kurlantzick has been awarded $75,896 to assess the impact of the re-balancing of U.S. military forces to Asia to determine whether increased  military-to-military cooperation efforts with Southeast Asia can potentially be used to contribute to the resolution of ongoing internal conflicts in the region. 

Habitat International Coalition Housing and Land Rights Network, Joseph Schechla and Rabie Wahba has been awarded $92,000 to conduct research and generate recommendations for incorporating current international norms and best practices in transitional justice and land disputes in Yemen. The research’s outcome will be a bilingual print and on-line publication containing lessons-learned guidance for resolving issues of land, as well as prospective reforms, for community leaders, practitioners, and decision makers.

The Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective (CCAJAR), Luis Guillermo Perez Casas was awarded $90,000 to organize regional trainings in support of recent national laws on collective reparations, such as The Law of Justice and Peace and The Victims’ Law.  These training meetings will introduce the legal and social processes for collective reparation and the idea of a guarantee of non-repetition.  The groups trained by CCAJAR will organize a major communication initiative to explain the victims’ reparation proposals as a fundamental aspect of constructing peace in Colombia.

Search for Common Ground, About Karnmo Ouattara was awarded $80,000 to support collaborative dispute resolution between farmers and herders in the Logone Occidental region of Chad. The project will also work with farmers, pastoralists, local authorities, and civil society to analyze conflicts and existing management processes. The centerpiece of the project will be local trainings and community forums throughout the region to discuss current perceptions of conflicts, resolution mechanisms, and future scenarios, including sharing existing research data. This work will feed into broader conversations within communities throughout the region to discuss current perceptions of conflicts, potential resolution mechanisms, and future scenarios.

Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Sami Atallah has been awarded $95,000 to support a research initiative that will provide a model of sectarian conflict analysis though examining the sectarian narrative of Lebanon. The project will assess people’s perspective on their sectarian identity, electoral usefulness and service delivery, and the dissemination of sectarian rhetoric in their areas. The research will provide data that demonstrates how, when looking at individuals’ needs, attitudes, and behavior on issues ranging from gender equality to socio-economic considerations; sect or sectarianism is not actually a dominant determinant. The data will help assess the hypothesis that local service delivery in a particular area, does not actually depend on one’s sect, but on how electorally useful a group is to the political leaders that is providing the services in that area. This will be achieved by looking at minorities in areas where another group constitutes the majority. The research will be published in a book incorporating the findings of the study and a set of policy recommendations, to be launched at a press conference.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha, Thomas Gouttierre and John Shroder have been awarded $110,000 to develop regional people-to-people dialogues and collaboration among faculty, students, government officials and community members in Afghanistan and Pakistan and throughout South and Central Asia to address the critical issue of transboundary water issues that are creating increased insecurity and the potential for natural resource conflict.