Call for Projects

The 2021 Call for Projects
is now closed

Do you have a concrete solution addressing a global challenge? Present your project at the fourth edition of the Paris Peace Forum.

Selected projects will be announced the week of 19 July

Calling on all innovative projects

As a platform, we push forward innovative solutions to tackle today's transnational challenges.

In November 2021, the Paris Peace Forum will focus on spurring a more inclusive recovery and offering initiatives to better tend to global challenges and global commons.

Each year, governance projects proposing concrete solutions to global challenges are invited to the Forum’s Space for Solutions and contribute to debates. The solutions highlighted at the Forum are beyond the conception stage and stand out by their international and cooperative dimension, and their capacity to create sustainable change in global governance. Due to the uncertainties linked to the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, project leaders’ participation at the fourth edition of the Forum could be physical (hybrid) or virtual.

This year, the Forum will showcase 80 projects tackling the issues at the core of the fourth edition, and invites applications from projects working exclusively on one of the following themes:
  • Fighting against the Covid-19 crisis
  • Better governing the global commons
  • Better governing the digital world
  • Fighting fake news and threats to the press
  • Protecting the civic space in times of Covid-19
  • Achieving equality among men and women
  • Strengthening South-South cooperation
  • Reforming capitalism through the impact economy

Who can participate?

This Call for Projects is open to all governance actors: states, international bodies, local governments, non-governmental organizations, companies, foundations, development agencies, religious groups, associations, think tanks, universities, etc.

Why should you submit your project?

By taking part in the Paris Peace Forum, project leaders will have the unique opportunity to showcase their innovative solution and push their project forward:

  • By increasing its visibility, benefiting from the number of visitors as well as the international media coverage of the event
  • By presenting it to diverse audiences, through a pitch presentation or as part of a debate
  • By connecting with potential partners: senior representatives from participating governments, international organizations, NGOs, companies, philanthropists, experts, journalists, etc.
  • By sharing expertise and knowledge with other project leaders and participants from all over the world.

All projects presented at the fourth edition will have the opportunity to be chosen as a Scale-up initiative to benefit from one year of customized support from the Forum to drive visibility, advocacy, partnerships, and organizational structure forward.

What are the eligibility conditions and the selection criteria?

To be eligible, your project must meet each of the following conditions:

  • Be supported by an organization and not just by an individual
  • Be managed by a team who can send a minimum of 2 persons who can fully participate in the 3 days of the event from 11 to 13 November
  • Bring a concrete solution to tackle a transnational challenge
  • Be related to at least one of the themes of the fourth edition
  • Offer a cooperative approach
  • Having reached a certain level of advancement
  • Involve concrete, tangible, and distinct action
  • Applying without a view to request funding from the Paris Peace Forum
  • Have an international dimension

The relevance and overall quality of your project will be examined considering the following criteria:

  • Overall quality of the project
    • Feasibility and coherence
    • Credibility and capacity
    • Impact
  • Relevance of the project to the Paris Peace Forum’s priorities and approach
    • Universality, global or international relevance
    • Multi-stakeholder, governance dimension
    • Innovative or unique character
    • Value for the project to be presented at the Paris Peace Forum

How to submit a project?

The Call for Projects was open from 26 March to 9 May 2021, closing at 11:59pm (Paris time).


→Please note, applications submitted outside the online procedure or after the Call for Projects closing date will not be considered. The Selection Committee will assess the projects based solely on the information contained in the online application form.

→All applications must be completed in either French or English.

2021 Selection Committee

Project submissions are reviewed by our Selection Committee, which is composed of renowned experts from key institutions of global governance.

Aysha Abdulhameed Al-Mudahka

Director Initiatives and Partnerships

Qatar Foundation

Abdoulaye Bathily


Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Mark Gray

Head of unit - Political Strategy and Communication

European Commission Directorate-General for International Partnerships

Akhtar Iqbal


Aga Khan Foundation in Pakistan

Ivana Milovanovic

Senior Policy Lead

Office of the World Health Organization’s DG’s Envoy for Multilateral Affairs

Justin Vaïsse

Director General

Paris Peace Forum


26 March 2021

Launch of the 2021 Call for Projects

9 May 2021

Deadline for the Call for Projects at 11:59pm (Paris time CEST) - strict deadline, no exceptions

2 July 2021

Selection Committee meeting (all applications will be reviewed)

Week of 19 July 2021

Announcement of the projects selected to participate in the 2021 Paris Peace Forum

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