Contribution to Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund

Contract partner: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme - United StatesCountry: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 1.600.000,00Project start: 01.01.2020End: 31.12.2022

Short Description:

Overall goal

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) supports demand driven initiatives by local civil society organizations promoting women’s increased participation in peace and security and humanitarian processes. The Austrian contribution will support Outcome 4 (Conflict Resolution) of the WPHF. This outcome promotes a favorable attitude of mediators and parties to the conflict towards women's participation; the availability of gender expertise in the negotiations; as well as increase leadership capacity and influence of women to engage in formal and informal peace negotiations.

Expected results

The contribution shall, in particular, support the first implementation of the rapid response window that will be developed early 2020 with Austrian participation. The rapid response window is a recommendation of the 2019 SG Report on the implementation of UNSCR 1325. The window shall remove practical hurdles women - wanting to participate in peace negotiations - face; such as access to visa, travel or child care as well as provide training and technical/strategic support to enhance women's roles in peace processes and implementation. The window will provide flexible and fast support to women to participate in formal and informal peace negotiations. The expected results are more equal participation of women in formal and informal peace negotiations and that women’s need, concerns and recommendations are included in conflict resolution and peace agreements.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The contribution will support between 13 to 16 civil society organizations and reach around 8,000 women and girls directly. The rapid response window has a global reach and will be applied based on the decisions of the Steering Committee of the WPHF.


The project will support directly as well as provide grants for civil society organizations to implement projects relating to women’s participation in formal and informal peace negotiations as well as the implementation of peace agreements.

The project will also contribute to the organization of WPHF’s first ever Global Civil Society Summit bringing together WPHF grantees, the UN, the donor community, INGOs, private sector and academia to discuss lessons learned, good practices and challenges facing local grassroot organizations working on WPS issues. An outcome document will be developed and will feed into the discussions around the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325. The Summit takes place in Vienna on 19-20 February 2020.



The WPHF is a flexible and rapid financing mechanism that supports quality interventions to enhance the capacity of women to prevent conflict, respond to crises and emergencies, seize key peacebuilding opportunities, and encourage the sustainability and national ownership of investments. The WPHF promotes women’s increased participation in peace and security and humanitarian processes.

project number2757-00/2020
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Gender: 2, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.