The Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (henceforth COBERM) is a flexible grant making mechanism, funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP. The major objective of the programme is to enhance peace dividends and foster a peaceful transformation of conflicts in Georgia.
Specifically, COBERM aims to:
- Support opportunities for confidence building through direct people-to-people contacts; and
- Build an enabling environment within the divided communities to strengthen the respect for the democratic processes as the main basis for direct confidence building.
COBERM was set up in May 2010, and during its first phase was able to successfully engage with civil society representatives by supporting a large number of confidence building projects, ranging from public diplomacy events, youth education initiatives, joint infrastructure and improved livelihood operations, joint cultural endeavours and peace journalism trainings and actions, among others. As a result, UNDP is considered a trusted and impartial partner by a significant number of civil society representatives on all sides of conflict divides.
As of June 2012, the second phase of the COBERM programme is being initiated, with a duration of three years. One of the lessons learned from the first phase of COBERM was the acute need for capacity development of the civil society organizations, especially new ones that are committed to peace-building endeavors. Engaging with new actors and enhancing efficiency of the overall civil society representatives to contribute more substantively to peace-building processes will be actively pursued under the second phase of the COBERM programme. Thus, COBERM intends to offer a series of trainings prior to each call for project ideas to support NGOs and other civil society representatives to:
- Better understand the concepts and tools for conflict prevention and peace building;
- Facilitate partnership building and identification of common ideas;
- Stimulate networking among NGOs working on conflict prevention and peace building.
Furthermore, it is envisaged that ad hoc trainings on various topics of interest related to conflict prevention and peace-building will be offered periodically to stimulate increase of the knowledge base of civil society representatives while at the same time stimulating networking and strengthening of partnerships.
The current call seeks to set up a roster of international trainers that would be available periodically for short term assignments to conduct trainings on conflict prevention/ peace-building concepts, including tools to achieve such development objectives. It is envisaged that such trainings will be conducted up to 4 times a year, and up to 11 times during the life of the project.
The trainings will be provided by a team of one International and one national expert. The number of trainees is expected to vary according to the number of interested civil society actors. Based on the experience from the previous phase around 200 participants are expected to attend the first general informational meeting that would also include an introduction to conflict prevention and peace-building (e.g. training #1). It is anticipated that from the subsequent trainings the number of the participants will be much lower.
Trainings will be held in Tbilisi and Sukhumi. Logistical support will be provided by the COBERM team.