Internews in DRC Awarded Jo Cox Memorial Grant to Support Peace

With support from the Jo Cox Memorial Grant, Internews and local partners CCAFCO and UCOFEM are strengthening women-led civil society in conflict prevention to reduce the risk of identity-based violence in DRC. Through a series of conflict prevention and analysis and community dialogue activities, this £1million, 24-month project is creating innovative early-warning conflict prevention systems that will impact the lives of an estimated 19 million people.

In the UK, Internews Director of Programmes Rosie Parkyn said, “We thrilled to receive this grant, and in accepting it recognise the significant contribution Jo Cox made to social cohesion.”

“Jo cared passionately about gender equality and preventing identity-based violence,” said Baroness Sugg, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for International Development. “These causes are absolutely fundamental to ending violence against vulnerable groups and giving every girl in the world the chance to go to school and realise her full potential. With funding from UK AID in Jo Cox’s memory, these projects will help to achieve that.”

About the Jo Cox Memorial grants

In 2018, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) paid tribute to MP Jo Cox and announced a new £10 million funding opportunity in her memory, the Jo Cox Memorial Grants. The grants are funded by UK Aid Direct; a challenge fund designed to support small to medium-sized, national and international civil society organisations (CSOs) to reduce poverty and work towards achieving the Global Goals.

The Jo Cox Foundation works locally to foster strong communities in the UK, nationally to build a better public life and internationally to stand up for vulnerable people around the world.