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Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace*, preventing conflict around the world


* From March 2014, the Instrument for Stability (IfS) is succeeded by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)

The IcSP is an EU instrument to support security initiatives and peace-building activities in partner countries. It was established in 2014 to take over from the Instrument for Stability (IfS). Part of the EU’s new generation of instruments for financing external action, the IcSP focuses on crisis response, crisis preparedness, conflict prevention and peace-building.

The IcSP can provide short-term assistance, for example in countries where a crisis is unfolding, or long-term support to global and trans-regional threats. Service for Foreign Policy Instruments manages activities linked to crisis response planning (article 3) and Peace-building Partnership (article 4) of the IcSP. Activities linked to global and trans-regional threats and emerging threats (article 5) are managed by DG International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). The IcSP will play its part, in line with the EU’s political commitment to pursue conflict prevention and build peace as one of the main objectives of EU external relations.

Implementing in the field

On the ground, the implementation of IcSP actions is typically devolved to EU Delegations located in the concerned third countries. In addition to its headquarters-based IcSP team, the FPI has IcSP personnel posted to EU Delegations to provide key support during real-time crises and to oversee implementation of response measures.

Implementing partners for IcSP actions include NGOs, the UN and other international organisations, EU Member State agencies and regional and sub-regional organisations.

Map of IcSP projects

Map of IcSp projects

The website ‘Insight on Conflict’ shows a world map displaying a general overview of IcSP-funded projects around the globe – around 250 projects in 70 countries with a total budget of EUR 2.3 billion for 2014-2020.

Managed by Peace Direct, it gives visibility to local peace-building organisations in areas of conflict that work to prevent violence and reduce their impact. This IcSP co-funded resource improves access to information about them and provides contacts in the field.