The Instrument for Stability (IfS) is one of the key external assistance instruments that enable the EU to take a lead in helping to prevent and respond to actual or emerging crises around the world. The FPI, working in close collaboration with other services of the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS), mobilises the IfS to provide for:
On the ground, the implementation of IfS actions is typically devolved to EU Delegations located in the concerned third countries. In addition to its headquarters-based IfS team, the FPI has IfS personnel posted to EU Delegations to provide key support during real-time crises and to oversee implementation of response measures.
Implementing partners for IfS actions include NGOs, the UN and other international organisations, EU Member State agencies and regional and sub-regional organisations.
The European Parliament and Council adopted the IfS Regulation in 2007.
Over the period 2007 - 2012, the short-term crisis response component of the IfS has made available EUR 872 million for some 243 actions responding to crises spanning some 70 countries or regions worldwide.
Programmes under the IfS Peace-building Partnership have made available a further EUR 76 million over the same period.
The geographic coverage of IfS crisis responses for the period 2007-2012 is shown in Figure 1
IfS support for Mali
The EU releases extra EUR 20 million under the IfS crisis response and stabilisation support package for Mali.
EU IfS for women and peace
In an effort to help women and girls in conflict and post-conflict countries, UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union are implementing a two-year (2012-2014) joint programme funded by the IfS.