Jo Cox Memorial: theme 2

The focus of theme 2 is to strengthen the capacity of civil society to predict identity-based violence including mass atrocity crimes; and amplify and support response to early warnings in order to prevent escalation and better protect populations from the threat of violence.

The 3 high level outcome areas that theme 2 will contribute to are:

  • the ability of civil society organisations to design and implement effective systems for early warning against identity-based violence
  • strengthened and more effective civil society organisation networks that generate and disseminate knowledge pertinent to prediction and prevention of identity-based violence including mass atrocities
  • increased access by Her Majesty’s Government to knowledge and evidence on what works in predicting and preventing identity-based violence, including mass atrocities, early on

Civil society is expected to contribute to the outcomes through either of the below pathways to change:

  • community mobilisation, programmes and campaigns to shift social norms to reduce stereotypes, counter hate speech, promote co-existence, peace education, etc.
  • advocacy; advocacy and support for national legal, policy and institutional change, creating an enabling environment for reducing violence on a local or national level

Organisations applying under this theme need to demonstrate that their projects can:

  • systematically identify early warning signs of identity-based violence in their own communities, alert and mobilise local and national level leadership to prevent community-based violence
  • set up processes, systems and structures that can counter division, hate speech, reduce stereotypes and foster co-existence and reconciliation on a local or national level
  • strengthen civil society networks for knowledge exchange and advocacy towards relevant duty bearers that have a responsibility to protect civilians from mass atrocities and identity-based violence, from the local to the international level
  • build a shared evidence base of how early warning signs can most effectively translate into early preventative action

Applications will be particularly welcomed from projects that are being implemented in countries DFID considers to be of moderate or high fragility.

This objective was developed with the input of third parties who were friends, colleagues, and associates of Jo Cox. All information that they shared or has been discussed has been published for the benefit of all applicants.