African Union Political Affairs, Peace and Security (AU-PAPS) Award Initiative 2022

Deadline: November 18, 2022

Applications are open for the African Union Political Affairs, Peace and Security (AU-PAPS) Award Initiative 2022. The AU Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department through its Gender Peace and Security Programme and the Youth for Peace (Africa) Programme (Y4P) is launching an award initiative in recognition of and support for the important role civil society plays in implementing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda.

This is line with the African Union’s aspiration to build a people-centered community and deliver the 2063 Agenda for shared prosperity and well being, for unity and integration, for a continent of free citizens and expanded horizons, where the full potential of women and youth are realized, and with freedom from fear, disease and want.

There will be a total of six (6) awardees who have made a substantial contribution in the pursuit of WPS and YPS in their community, country, or region. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding contributions/achievement through projects/activities in the following areas:

  • Prevention of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence and the protection of women and youth in conflict situations;
  • Gender-inclusive and transformative conflict-prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes;
  • Youth-inclusive and conflict-prevention, conflict-resolution and peacebuilding processes;
  • Strengthening women and youth’s effective and meaningful inclusion in peace processes;
  • Inclusive Peace building including reconciliation, management of natural resources, economic recovery and improved livelihoods, reintegration of warring factions, etc.


  • CSOs must be working on Youth and Women Peace and Security in Africa;
  • CSOs must be an African civil society organisation;
  • CSOs must be operating for at least 3 years and be registered in one of the 55 AU Member States;
  • CSOs must provide financial reports for the past 3 years indicating source of funding;
  • CSOs must provide evidence of key achievement/concrete projects in implementing activities related to Youth and Women Peace and Security. The CSO should provide evidence of how the project positively impacted positively in the life of women and youth on the ground;
  • CSOs must not being investigated for fraud, corruption, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or other wrongdoing;
  • CSOs must have sufficient capacity to collaborate with African Union as well as various stakeholders.

Selection Criteria

Eligible nominees will be assessed on specific criteria, which including the following:

  • Impact: Through collaboration, leadership or innovation, candidates demonstrated tangible achievements in advancing the WPS/YPS agenda. Selected recipients inspired others through courage and commitment.
  • Community: Candidates were active at the community level, and their achievements advanced inclusive peace and security efforts and decision-making processes.


Download the application form in English or French.

Application duly completed and signed should be submitted to: [email protected] by November 18, 2022.

For more information, visit AU-PAPS Award.

By Bello

Ismail Bello is a content creator and enthusiast who is passionate about youth development.