Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM)

An apolitical, impartial and flexible programme to support confidence building initiatives within and across conflict divided communities

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Summary

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.

Activities

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.

Results so far

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. 

Funded by the European Union

Contact information

Project address

81 Barnov Street
Tbilisi 0179 Georgia
+995 32 2251216

Contact persons

Irina Liczek
Project Manager
coberm@undp.org

Giorgi Vardishvili
UNDP Crisis Prevention & Recovery Team Leader
giorgi.vardishvili@undp.org

Status:

Completed

Project start date:

January 2016

Estimated end date:

January 2019

Focus area:

  • risk reduction
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Georgia

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Government Of Romania
  • European Commission
  • Amount contributed

    $7,747,179

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 -$18,101

    2018 $2,356,990

    2017 $2,190,401

    2016 $2,051,746

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