Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (CUSP) - Development Award

Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (CUSP) - Development Award

The Development Award (DA) progresses the Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive Peace (CUSP) Networks Plus proposal to full stage application. The CUSP Networks Plus is a 2 million GCRF grant that was selected for the 2nd stage of the application process. Through close collaboration with LMIC partner academic and non-academic institutions/organisations, the CUSP DA will ensure a strong proposal to work in the area of conflict transformation through arts and cultural work in communities experiencing tensions and fragility in Ghana, Mexico/Guatemala, Morocco, Palestine and Zimbabwe. The CUSP-DA will set in place structures and strategies should CUSP proposal be successful, to ensure a horizontal, decolonizing approach to collective work. At the same time, the DA will work to strengthen the capabilities of LMIC partner non-academic organisations, ensuring they have the know-how to access and shape future GCRF funding but also informing UKRI on ways to make funding calls more responsive to LMIC partners’ ways of working. By focusing on capability building for funding applications, the DA will have a positive impact regardless of the outcome of the CUSP proposal.

PI & CO-PIs

PI - Giovanna Fassetta, University of Glasgow, School of Education


Start and End Date

1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020


Funder & Funding Amount

AHRC GCRF £60,000

Ref. AH/T005424/1 


Project News

The welfare of people in CUSP’s LMIC partner countries (i.e. Ghana, Mexico, Morocco, Palestine and Zimbabwe). This will be achieved through the strengthening of academic and non-academic institutions and organisations, in line with SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) by: 

  • Capacitating local researchers to carry out investigation on conflict transformation and cultures of peace through the mutual design and sharing of full CUSP Network Plus application;
  • Developing peer-learning sessions on decolonising research methodologies during a face-to-face meeting

The economic development and the welfare of people in partner LMIC countries, in line with SDG 16, by:

  • Empowering non-academic partners to actively pursue funding calls to meet the needs and priorities they have identified by sharing knowledge and know-how on UKRI funding requirements and processes

The welfare of women and girls in CUSP partner countries, in line with SDG 5 (gender equality and empower all women and girls) by:

  • Actively encouraging the participation of women at all stages of the full CUSP Network Plus application
  • Ensuring that LMIC women’s needs and priorities are central to the full development of CUSP Network Plus full application 
  • Ensuring that the majority of participants at the face-to-face meeting are women 

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