Terms for the Peace Innovation Challenge

The Objectives of the Challenge

The Peace Innovation Challenge is designed to encourage people to develop and share their ideas on how to enhance inclusive participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The Challenge aims to:

  • Stimulate innovative, locally-driven, concrete ideas to leverage women’s participation in community peacebuilding efforts;
  • Bring new drive to ongoing peace processes;
  • Build new partnerships, bring in new actors, and nurture a new generation of peace builders.


The Peace Innovation Challenge is jointly created and organized by the following organizations (hereafter “the organizer”): Masarat (Palestine), Crisis Management Initiative, CMI (Finland).

Eligibility Criteria for Participating

  • A team with minimum three participants from different academic or professional backgrounds.
  • The team should have both women and men.
  • The idea should focus on Palestine.
  • The submission can be an idea that you would like to implement, or an initiative that you have already tested in practice but would like to improve.
  • At least one of the team members should communicate in English to benefit from international mentors.
  • The teams must identify a contact person from within the team, whose email address is to be used for all notifications and announcements related to the Challenge.
  • Participation in the Challenge implies that the team, including every team member, fully accepts the terms of the challenge.

How to Enter

Do you have an innovative idea on how to enhance women’s participation in efforts for community peace and security? Gather a team and submit your idea here.

  • The submission is to be sent by August 10, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • The submissions should be in English language.
  • There is no entry fee, or any other fee for participation.
  • The organizer reserves the right to reject the registration and participation of a team if it finds that the activities of the team or its members or the team’s application are in breach of these terms.
  • The organizer is not responsible for malfunctions of the data network, or any other reasons that may cause the submission to disappear or be delayed.
  • The team’s contact person will receive a notification of the approval or rejection of the submission.

Assessment Criteria and the Jury

The following criteria will be used for selecting the ten finalist teams and award recipients:

  • Innovation: the initiative promotes a new way to promote women’s participation in community peace and security;
  • Impact: the initiative will effectively strengthen community peace efforts through the increased participation and contribution of actors, such as women, who are customarily sidelined;
  • Scalability and replicability: the initiative can be scaled up, or implemented in another context;
  • Cooperation: the initiative promotes cooperation between different segments of society, including collaboration between men and women.

An independent group of experts will evaluate the proposed ideas to select the ten finalist teams in Palestine to participate in the development and incubator phase, in accordance with the terms. The expert group will base its decisions on the assessment criteria listed above. The decisions are not subject to appeal.
The list of ten finalist teams will be announced in the website. Each finalist team will develop their idea further through development assistance and mentoring stages. The selected finalist teams will participate in a two-day social innovation incubator, working with the mentors and technical teams of Masarat, CMI, as well as other regional and international experts.

At the final stage, the finalists will present their ideas to an independent jury in a public event. A final ceremony will be organized to showcase the final ideas to the public and to announce the awardees of the challenge.
The organizers reserve the right not to declare an awardee if the jury finds that none of the submissions fulfils the assessment criteria.

The rights and responsibilities of the organizer

The organizer of the Challenge reserves the right to change the details of these terms or modify the timeframes. Participants will be kept informed of any such changes through the website in which these terms are advertised.

The organizer does not cover any expenses that may incur in relation to participation in the challenge unless prior approval was granted in written form.

During and after the challenge, the organizer has the right to publish the names of the teams and their members as well as descriptions of their ideas. The team understands that their ideas will be presented to the juries, the other participating teams and various third parties such as media during the different stages of the challenge.

By participating in the Challenge, each team member agrees that certain personal data is processed by the organizer in accordance with relevant data protection and privacy regulations.

Disqualification or withdrawal from the Challenge

The organizers may disqualify a team that does not observe the terms of the challenge or follow the instructions provided. Notification about the disqualification will be sent to the team by email. Also, the organizer has the right to disqualify a team if it finds that the team or its members violate current national laws or breach applicable ethical guidelines and practices. To the extent allowed under law, the organizer and its partners shall have no liability whatsoever to the team or a team member for any damage, claim or liability arising out of the Challenge.

The team may withdraw from the Challenge by giving written notice to the organizer. A team may be considered to have suspended a contest if the team does not participate in the workshops and events of the Challenge, does not return the requested forms or tasks by the due date or does not respond to the inquiries within 14 days.

The award and its terms

The challenge prize award is a grant of 10,000 USD. The second prize is an opportunity for the awarded teams to participate in an international conference to gain visibility for their initiative. The grant will be awarded to at least one team considered the most promising by the jury. If necessary, the jury will also determine the division of the award between several teams.

The first prize award is a development grant for implementing the team’s idea. The awarded team(s) must report back to the organizer by June 2019 to show that they have used the award to further develop their idea. The organizer distributing the award to a team shall have the right to deduct and withhold any applicable taxes. If the award is not used along these terms, it can be withdrawn, or may in exceptional cases be recovered back.

Intellectual Property Rights

The Intellectual Property Rights remain with the participating team. The participating team ensures that their submission and participation in the Challenge does not violate any rights of a third party.

Other conditions

This Challenge shall be governed by the laws of Finland. Decisions by the organizer and the juries are not subject to appeal.