Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 February 2010

The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) allocates 20 million dollars to peacebuilding in the Central African Republic





The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) allocates 20 million dollars to peacebuilding in the Central African Republic



BANGUI, Central African Republic, February 4, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund has allocated 20 million dollars to

support peacebuilding projects in the Central African Republic to target initiatives

that will assist in consolidating peace in the land-locked African nation.

It is the second allocation and builds on the 10.8 million dollars already invested in

peacebuilding in the CAR.

During a visit to the CAR this week, the Assistant Secretary-General for

Peacebuilding Support, Judy Cheng-Hopkins said this second round of PBF funding

will deliver peace dividends to all people by increasing security, stimulating economic

revitalization and strengthening justice and human rights.

In the area of security sector reform, the PBF will provide start-up funding to support

the construction of two of the four barracks needed to support 10 police contingents.

It is envisaged that this initial PBF funding will leverage further funding from other


In supporting economic revitalization, the PBF will fund a joint program between the

UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF, FAO and UNESCO to create “quick peace dividends” to help

internally displaced people return home. It is hoped that this project will be “scaledup”

with future funding from bilateral or multilateral donors.

In the area of governance and rule of law, the PBF will assist a new human rights

commission and the development of a human rights action plan. Additionally the PBF

will fund the construction of two new prisons providing those found guilty of crimes

with safe and secure detention facilities.

The Central African Republic is on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission,

which is an intergovernmental advisory body that provides a forum for discussion

between UN entities and member states, international financial institutions and

others about how best to coordinate the international community’s resources in postconflict


Ms Cheng-Hopkins is traveling with Bisrat Aklilu, the Executive Coordinator of the

Multi Donor Trust Fund Office, run by the UN Development Program. The MDTF Office

administers the Peacebuilding Fund.

In order to ensure that rapid start is possible through fast implementation

modalities, Ms Cheng-Hopkins and Mr Aklilu will meet with implementing agencies

and national partners to see how improvements to the PBF’s management can

continue to be made.

For information on the Fund and how to apply for PBF funding, visit:



The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF)


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