Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund (DCPSF)
About the Fund
Darfuri communities have a long and tested history of solving intra and inter communal conflicts through negotiation and mediation. While many years of ongoing conflict has threatened to erode these community mechanisms, the foundation for peace in Darfur remains.
The Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund (DCPSF) is a multi-donor programme established in 2007 to support the people of Darfur in their efforts to rebuild these long established community mechanisms through mediation, reconciliation and peaceful settlement of intra and inter communal conflicts that often manifest in different forms. Its core mission is to support local peace and security.
Over the years, DCPSF’s support has contributed to improving peace and cooperation within and between communities in the region. Specifically, the DCPSF partners with UN agencies, International NGOs, Sudanese NGOs and CSOs to;
- Strengthen Community-Based Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Mechanisms (CBRMs) and ensure that they are working effectively to resolve conflict.
- Ensure peace dividends for community interdependence and co-existence are delivered through livelihoods and effective natural resource management.
- Promote women’s organizations, including those representing pastoralist women, empowered to meaningfully participate in local and state level peacebuilding platforms
- Support the building of peacebuilding networks that advocate for peace in the region and provide the link between upstream initiatives and the broader Sudan peacebuilding architecture.
Darfur is a region in Western Sudan that has for several years suffered with a complex conflict situation due to the diverse nature of its people, borders as well as the scarce resources and environmental factors. In the last few years, through the efforts of the Government, the local communities and various development partners including the United Nations, peace has become a credible option for Darfur.
Administration of the Fund
The DCPSF Steering Committee: The DCPSF Steering Committee is led by the UN Resident Coordinator and composed of the UNDP Resident Representative as well as contributing donors who oversee the strategic direction of the Fund.
The DCPSF Technical Secretariat: The DCPSF Technical Secretariat (TS) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund and sets the ground for decision-making processes related to the DCPSF. It supports the Steering Committee in setting the DCPSF’s strategic direction and priorities. It has a staff presence both in Khartoum and on ground in Darfur. With each funding round, the Technical Secretariat leads in the Calls for Proposals ensuring that each round is based on a up to date conflict analysis that ensures funding goes where it is most needed.
DCPSF Administrative Agent (AA): The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) and is responsible for concluding Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAA) with donors and Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with Participating UN Organizations. It receives, administers and manages contributions from Donors.
DCPSF Management Agent Role: As Participating UN Organization to the DCPSF, UNDP Country Office manages the access to National and International NGO to pooled funds, through grant, under the directives of the Steering Committee chaired by the Resident Coordinator.
DCPSF Current Donors: DCPSF’s work is made possible without the generous contributions of our funding partners including the Government of Sweden, the Government of United Kingdom, the Government of Norway and the Government of Switzerland. In 2019, they contributed a total of US$ 7,114,236 for DCPSF’s projects.
In 2019, DCPSF worked with 14 implementing partners to support communities in their peacebuilding and livelihood efforts. Some of their achievements include;
Output 1: Community-Based Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Mechanisms are in use and working effectively to resolve conflict
- 108 CBRMs were established with a total of 2052 members. They handled 1801 cases, 1520 of which were resolved by the CBRMs while 115 were referred to formal justice systems. Only 281 remain unresolved. DCPSF’s 2019 perception survey indicated that at least 86% of community members have access to a CBRM while 47.9% members who sought support from them were satisfied with the results they received.
- 208 community initiatives that promote peace and provide livelihoods were achieved in 2019. These include a total 188 soft components established such as savings groups (VSLA and SILCs), vocational trainings, seed kits for farmers and vaccination of cattle for pastoralists.
- A total of 90 hard components were also set up including community centres, markets & slaughterhouses, classrooms, wells and hand pumps for water as well as veterinary centres.23 migratory routes totaling up to 442 kilometres were also established with DCPSF support in various localities in the region.
Output 3: Women’s Organizations, including those representing pastoralist women, empowered to meaningfully participate in local and state level peacebuilding platforms
- DCPSF ensures that issues of gender are mainstreamed into all its projects which has led to an increased number of women taking part in CBRMs and other livelihood initiatives. For example, In South Darfur, one of the seven CBRMs in Kalgo village is headed by a woman and has been reported as one of the best performing in the area. In Central Darfur, 544 women are actively engaged in Saving and Loans Associations where they can save or borrow funds to start small businesses. A research done through DCPSF’s Gender and Peace Initiative (GPI) recommended increased efforts towards including more women in the peacebuilding programmes in Darfur.
Output 4: Improved networking, coordination and learning between local and state-level peacebuilding institutions
- 40 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) were trained in peacebuilding, conflict management, conflict sensitivity. They are now training various CBRM members on peacebuilding in their communities. In addition, DCPSF Implementing Partners work with the regional governments, educational institutional and religious leaders in both peacebuilding and livelihood support initiatives.