Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM)

Summary

 Participants of the Peace Summer School. Photo: UNDP

COBERM is an apolitical, impartial and flexible programme funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The programme supports immediate and concrete initiatives which seek to have an impact on confidence building within and across conflict divided communities. The objective of COBERM is to strengthen an enabling environment involving conflict affected communities by addressing local needs and supporting initiatives aiming to build social cohesion and confidence that foster peace and stability.

What We Do

COBERM has been set up in May 2010, and has implemented two phases during 2010-2015. The third phase of COBERM was launched in January 2016 with a duration of three years.

Through providing grants to the local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) COBERM supports a wide range of initiatives, including those that help improve the lives of people and living conditions of local communities affected by conflict. The main goals of COBERM are the following:

  • Support opportunities for confidence building through direct people-to-people contacts.
  • Strengthen an enabling environment involving conflict affected communities by addressing local needs and supporting initiatives aiming to build  social cohesion and confidence that foster peace and stability.
  • Strengthen mutual complementarity between humanitarian responses and dialogue processes.

Some results so far



  Regular medical check-up in the rehabilitated clinic in Nikozi near the dividing line with South Ossetia. 2012. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

COBERM has proved to be an effective mechanism for creating a space for testing innovative approaches to confidence building and opening new channels for communication and productive exchange across conflict divides. 

During the programme's first two phases in 2010-2015 COBERM has enabled the implementation of 137 initiatives that addressed all key sectors relevant for confidence building:

  • Youth education
  • People diplomacy, dialogue & policy research
  • Improved livelihoods and increased resilience of vulnerable communities
  • Cultural cooperation
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Humanitarian assistance and health care
  • Community Mobilization
  • Capacity Building
  • Innovations 
Visit the COBERM website for more information. 
 

Who finances it?

European Union EURO 5.5 million 

Delivery

2014 US$ 3,194,044.41
2013 US$ 2,876,985.04
2012 US$    259,033.27