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
Visit the COBERM website for more information.