The Prize encourages innovative peacebuilding initiatives of local governments and is free from any political partisanship and it is not aimed at promoting the cause of any political party or political view. The Award winning initiative should make visible how the local government has prevented conflict, promoted dialogue or ensured sustainable inclusive development in a (post) conflict and fragile situation. 

Eligible recipients and projects

The Prize is open for award to local governments who either (a) themselves work for peace and conflict resolution in their own area, or (b) provide positive assistance to local governments in conflict and fragile areas (which include pre-and post-conflict situations, see below).  Fragility and conflicts are strongly interlinked. Fragile contexts are contexts where fragility risks are high which paves the way for conflicts. Fragility risks refer to the hazards, threats and vulnerabilities that can be both internally generated within a societu or polity as well as externally driven threats, hazards and vulnerabilities from either other countries or from external environmental events.

The Peace Prize will be awarded to the local government (as corporate entity) – not to individuals – whose initiatives or activities merit such recognition. 

There may well be cases where local governments work together on a peace initiative, and in such cases the Prize could be awarded to them jointly.  This may for example include cooperation between a conflict-hit local government and its external partner city.

The Peace Prize is open to any subnational government that falls within UCLG’s own interpretation of the term “local government”. Broadly speaking, this means that a local government is a subnational government defined as such by its own country’s Constitution or legislation.

Any nominated activity/initiative should have taken place within the 3 years prior to nomination. 

Local governments may have taken part in a programme partnership or set of activities in relation to a conflict situation, which dates back much longer than 3 years.  This would not affect their eligibility for the Peace Prize, provided the activities for which it is now nominated relate to the most recent 3 years.

The initiatives to be considered for the award of the Peace Prize must be free of any political partisanship, i.e. they must in no way directly promote the cause of any specific political party or political view.

Scope of the Peace Prize

The general scope for the Prize relates to activities and initiatives that support conflict prevention, peace-building, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation in fragile contexts/areas.  The Prize will be focused on activities where:

  1.    There is an armed conflict in or close to the area of the initiative, whether or not formally recognized as a war situation, which:
    • is more severe than short-term civil disorder or state of insecurity due (e.g.) to criminality,  and
    • involves the actuality or threat of major loss of life or destruction of property (whether public or private), and/or the deliberate hostile targeting of places or items of cultural or religious heritage, and/or
    • leads to (or may lead to) significant population movements or disruption in consequence;
  2. The area is charatirised as fragile (see above definition)  and there is imminent and real danger of an armed conflict situation arising, as defined above; or
  3. An armed conflict has taken place in the recent past, where there is a need for post-conflict reconstruction and/or for steps towards practical reconciliation between peoples affected.

Award selection: 

Thefollowing criteria are applied for the nomination and selection of potential prize-winners:

  1. The impact and effectiveness of the initiative in favour of peace – how did it help to prevent conflict in the locality.  For example, how did it help to minimise the impact of a current conflict, how did it help to bring about effective practical reconciliation between divided peoples, or how far did it contribute to post-conflict reconstruction (physical, economic, social etc.) – 10 points.
  2. The degree of difficulty, complexity or danger of the situation faced on the ground by those involved in the initiative, having regard to the nature and consequences of the conflict (or post-conflict environment), or the degree of severity of risk in a pre-conflict situation – 10 points.
  3. The broad replicability or learning potential of the initiative for other local governments in other conflict situations (including pre- and post-conflict as relevant) – 10 points.
  4. The degree of demonstrated innovation or creativity shown in planning and implementing the initiative – 5 points.
  5. The sustainability for the future of the initiative – this differs from impact in assessing the longer-term potential rather than the more immediate impact – 5 points.
  6. The organisational commitment of the nominated local government to its work for peace – 5 points.
  7. The contribution of the initiative  to an ethic of, and practical steps for, human security as well as the promotion of the values of democracy, human rights and peace – 10 points.

In total, the above criteria provide for a maximum score of 55 points for nominated projects.