Project profile — Elsie Initiative Fund For Women in UN Peace Operations


UNDP Multi Donor Trust Fund office (-3)
2019-03-26 - 2024-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (20.00%)
• America, regional (20.00%)
• Asia, regional (20.00%)
• Oceania, regional (20.00%)
• Europe, regional (20.00%)


• Security system management and reform:
Security system management and reform (15210) (35.00%)
Participation in international peacekeeping operations (15230) (65.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to support and incentivize efforts to increase the meaningful participation of uniformed women in United Nations (UN) peace operations. The project seeks to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations Security Council’s declared target of doubling the rate of women’s participation within police and military contingents by 2020 compared to 2015, as well as supporting targets to increase the proportion of women serving as military observers, staff officers and individual police officers.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased meaningful participation of uniformed women in UN peace operations; (2) increased use of policies and practices by Troop and Police Contributing Countries and UN organizations to increase meaningful participation of uniformed women to UN peace operations; and (3) expanded country-specific knowledge of barriers to deployment of uniformed women.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2021 include: (1) encouraged the deployment of two gender-strong FPUs by Senegal. This resulted in an increase in the deployment of women in these units and the deployment of the first women Formed Police Units (FPU) commander from Senegal; (2) launched recruitment and training activities aimed at recruiting 3 150 women to deploy to UN missions in five military and police institutions in Senegal, Niger and Togo and to established a pool of 740 trained women; (3) approved funding to 12 military and police institutions in seven countries to conduct barrier assessments using the Measuring Opportunities for Women in Peace Operations methodology; and (4) approved funding for the construction of infrastructure, including accommodations for women personnel and a child care facility, in Bangladesh, Jordan, Senegal, Togo and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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