Donors:European Union and Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs / Sida
Implementing Agency: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Operational Partner: Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA)
Duration: December 2020 – June 2022
Budget: EUR 8 154 381
The first phase of the European Union Afghanistan Peace Support Mechanism (EU APSM) was launched in June 2019 and implemented until December 2020. The purpose of the mechanism was to deliver on the EU’s commitment to support the Afghan peace process as articulated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions of April 2019 by providing a flexible response to efforts for an inclusive Afghan peace process through direct grants as well as technical, thematic, and logistical support.
In May 2020, the Council Conclusions reaffirmed the EU’s support to Afghanistan and urged Afghan parties to commit to a meaningful and inclusive peace process that includes all relevant stakeholders; notably women, minorities and civil society at large. The EU APSM was renewed for a second phase in December 2020 and will continue to be implemented by Sida together with its technical and thematic partner Folke Bernadotte Academy for a renewed period of 18 months.
The overall objective of the EU APSM II is to contribute to the preparation and implementation of an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, informed by and responsive to the needs and concerns of all Afghans.
EU APSM II also has three specific objectives:
1. To enable the necessary conditions for a full engagement by the relevant Track I actors in negotiations and other peace efforts to navigate the peace process and enable inclusive outcomes.
2. To enable an inclusive peace process by supporting Afghan civil society in a broad sense, including women’s rights and youth groups, to advocate its positions on an Afghan peace and contribute to peacebuilding.
3. To make the peace process more comprehensive by contributing to regional efforts in support of peaceful developments and a sustainable peace in Afghanistan.
EU APSM is organized around three main lines of activity:
Grants to Peace Initiatives
EU APSM II provides grants to Afghan and regional peace initiatives. Priority is given to projects that seek to increase the inclusion of marginalized groups and their perspectives in the peace process. Previous projects supported by EU APSM II have focused on supporting confidence-building efforts, measures to connect the different dialogue tracks, peacebuilding, and a culture of peace. EU APSM II also facilitates meetings between its civil society partners to promote synergies between the various initiatives.
Technical and Thematic Support to Peace Efforts
EU APSM II provides technical and thematic support to Afghan peace efforts and actors at multiple levels. The mechanism draws upon both in-house experience and prominent Afghan and international expertise to ensure the availability of relevant know-how. Moreover, EU APSM II offers tailored capacity-building support to peace stakeholders.
Flexible Logistical and Event Management Support
Upon request from Afghan stakeholders, EU APSM can provide flexible logistical and events management support to meetings and events linked to Afghan peace efforts.
To apply for grant support, you are welcome to send a short concept note (1-4 pages) and a draft budget to EU-APSM@sida.se. Templates are available upon request but are not mandatory. The concept note and draft budget will be assessed using the following criteria: relevancy in relation to the objectives of the EU APSM, level of competency, expertise and experience of the implementing partner/s and cost-effectiveness in relation to the expected results. To be eligible for grant support, the organisation has to be registered with the Ministry of Economy in Afghanistan.
If the concept note is shortlisted, the organisation will be encouraged to submit a full application for which templates are available upon request but are not mandatory. It is important that the application displays what results the project will achieve, and that it is relevant for the specific context where activities will be implemented. Emphasis will also be placed on conflict and gender sensitive programming and risk analysis together with suggested mitigating measures.
The EU APSM team aims to provide feedback on applications on an ongoing basis. Please note that EU APSM II cannot commit to any support beyond the 16th of June 2022. Kindly take this into consideration when applying.
Should you have any questions, please send an email to: EU-APSM@sida.se
For more information about EU APSM activities, follow the Twitter account: @EuApsm