COBERM has been set up in May 2010 and has implemented three phases during 2010-2018. The fourth phase of COBERM was launched in May 2019 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:
- Foster interactions and trust among the people affected by conflict and further support grassroots and civil society-driven confidence building initiatives with a high anticipated impact and potential for conflict prevention and peace.
- Provide a flexible tool to address emerging needs and build the required trust by supporting ad hoc opportunities identified through various dialogue platforms.
- Support an enabling environment for ongoing dialogue and engagement in addressing various issues of joint interest.
Results so far
Since its launch in 2010, COBERM has proved to be a strategic, long-term, forward looking tool 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 three phases in 2010-2018 COBERM has enabled the implementation of up to 200 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
- Healthcare and humanitarian assistance
- Community mobilization
- Capacity building of CSOs
The fourth phase of COBERM builds on the success, lessons learned and inspirations from earlier phases of the flagship EU-UNDP programme and will seek synergies with ongoing and upcoming projects of the UN, EU and other actors.