FPI showcases

FPI showcases

The FPI undertakes a number of important management and financing activities that support real foreign policy-related initiatives on the ground. Here are some examples of the kinds of actions the FPI helps make possible, in coordination with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and other partner services.

EU solutions in low carbon technologies and circular economy for markets in the Americas

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Mexico are markets with strong growth opportunities. At the same time, these markets have a clear demand for green technologies and solutions to transition toward a circular economy. Nonetheless, European companies  still face entry and expansion challenges that include structural, linguistic and regulatory barriers, quality standards, currency exchange risks and differing levels of technology transfer and trade requirements. Such challenges can be overcome through a guided approach to the market, access to relevant support mechanisms, an accurate identification of business opportunities, and the development of solid relationships with the right business partners. This is where the Low Carbon and Circular Economy Business Action comes into play.

Risking their lives for Libya: The story of a Libyan demining team

EU support to Sudan’s peace process facilitates peace agreement

On 3 October, Sudan's civilian-led Transitional Government and the Sudan Revolutionary Movements signed a Peace Agreement aimed at ending decades of war in which hundreds of thousands have died. This historic agreement will pave the way for inclusive and comprehensive peace in Sudan.

The EU leads the way towards ‘Torture-Free Trade’ and the fight against capital punishment

On the occasion of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, commemorated every year on 10 October, the European Commission reaffirms the EU’s commitment to the fight against capital punishment and torture.

Shaping Peace Together

Shaping Peace Together is the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace. The United Nations chose this theme as a call for people to celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to stand together against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred.

“We are going to make the country proud of us”

This article is the fourth in a series of stories on how the “Unis dans nos différences” project financed by the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments directly impacts the lives of individuals. Guinea has been going through a fragile and turbulent democratic transition since 2008. Extreme poverty, weak governance, and lack of equal access to basic services and resources are fuelling resentment and mistrust. Tensions, conflicts, and violent clashes between different groups are affecting the country’s fragile stability and resilience. Through the project “Unis dans nos différences,” the IcSP aims to strengthen local actors’ (youth, women, local authorities, religious and traditional leaders) capacity to manage conflicts peacefully and to promote social cohesion and tolerance, while preventing the spread of radicalisation and violent extremism. Jean-Pierre, 19, is one of the many young talents in the city of N'Zérékoré, in Guinée Forestière. This young and committed debater brilliantly uses his words to promote peace in his region.

Religious leaders in Guinea work together for peace

This article is the third in a series of stories on how work financed by the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments directly impacts the lives of individuals. The fourth and final entry as a part of the “Unis dans nos différences” project will follow over the coming weeks. Guinea has been going through a fragile and turbulent democratic transition since 2008. Extreme poverty, weak governance, and lack of equal access to basic services and resources are fuelling resentment and mistrust in the State‘s ability to promote positive change for its people. Tensions, conflicts, and violent clashes between different groups are affecting the country’s fragile stability and resilience. Through the project “Unis dans nos différences,” the IcSP aims to strengthen local actors’ (youth, women, local authorities, religious and traditional leaders) capacity to manage conflicts peacefully and to promote social cohesion and tolerance, while preventing the spread of radicalisation and violent extremism.

Unis dans nos différences: Fatoumata helps pave the way to greater tolerance within her community

This article is the second in a series of stories on how work financed by the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments directly impacts the lives of individuals. More entries as a part of the “Unis dans nos différences” project will follow over the coming weeks. Guinea has been going through a fragile and turbulent democratic transition since 2008. Extreme poverty, weak governance, and lack of equal access to basic services and resources are fuelling resentment and mistrust in the State‘s ability to promote positive change for its people. Tensions, conflicts, and violent clashes between different groups are affecting the country’s fragile stability and resilience. Through the project “Unis dans nos différences,” the IcSP aims to strengthen local actors’ (youth, women, local authorities, religious and traditional leaders) capacities to manage conflicts peacefully and to promote social cohesion and tolerance, while preventing the spread of radicalisation and violent extremism. In the north of Guinea, Fatoumata helps pave the way to greater tolerance within her community.

Unis dans nos différences: How Thierno became a peacemaker

Guinea has been going through a fragile and turbulent democratic transition since 2008. Extreme poverty, weak governance, and lack of equal access to basic services and resources are fuelling resentment and mistrust in the State‘s ability to promote positive change for its people. Tensions, conflicts, and violent clashes between different groups, are affecting the country’s fragile stability and resilience. Through the project “Unis dans nos différences,” the IcSP aims to strengthen local actors’ (youth, women, local authorities, religious and traditional leaders) capacities to manage conflicts peacefully and to promote social cohesion and tolerance, while preventing the spread of radicalisation and violent extremism. For a long time, as a teenager, Thierno engaged in acts of violence in the turbulent north of Guinea. Today he urges his peers to follow his path towards peace.

International Mine Awareness Day: EU making a difference across the world by financing mine action through IcSP

For the International Mine Awareness Day, held annually on 4 April, FPI reaffirms the important contribution the EU is making to mine action worldwide.

Ending divides in Niger: EU reintegrates former affiliates of Boko Haram into their families

The European Union, through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, managed by Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), offers support to the victims and former affiliates of Boko Haram in Niger and helps them to reintegrate into their communities. More than 1100 individuals formerly affiliated, so-called repentis and victims benefited from personal and professional trainings and were able to go back to their lives and families.

The EU helps young people in Guinea to fight political and ethnic confrontation through theatre and film

As the crisis deepens and threatens to escalate into widespread political and ethnic confrontation, young Guineans are speaking out all over the country, using theatre, film and dance to spread messages of peace, tolerance and ‘togetherness’.

Together, towards the future: reintegrating victims and people affiliated to Boko Haram in Niger into their communities

The European Union supports a national reintegration plan in Niger. More than 1100 people have benefited from psychological help, personal and professional training and are now ready for a new active life in their communities.

Launching of EU-IcSP Social Hubs for Rohingya and Bangladeshi adolescents

UNICEF and the European Union recently launched a peacebuilding programme for 20,500 adolescents and youth from the Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities to strengthen social cohesion in Cox’s Bazar.

Cultural leaders add new perspectives to Foreign Policy

120 members of the cultural industry from 30 countries met in Brussels from 23 to 25 October to exchange and support practices based on knowledge, intercultural dialogue, and social engagement.

Central Asia: Empowering media, activists and teachers to counter radicalisation online

The European Union is helping countries in Central Asia take measures to effectively counter radicalisation and promote peace and stability. The aim is to increase societal resilience and empower people to spot and react to disinformation.

Restoring Faith in Justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Respect for the rule of law and public trust in an independent judiciary are crucial elements for building a healthy democracy. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an armed conflict costing millions of lives over the last three decades has weakened the country’s justice system. The European Union reacted to the Congolese peoples’ need for justice by supporting the creation of Prosecution Support Units. These Units aim to help the civil and military authorities in bringing perpetrators of serious offences, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, homicide and sexual violence, to justice.

Libya: Raising mine awareness and helping internally displaced persons return to their homes

After the 2011 Revolution, about 40,000 Libyans from the city of Tawergha had to flee they homes and started living in dire conditions in camps spread across the country. In the following years, the return of these people to their homes has become one of the most pressing issues for the international community and Libyans alike. An EU project raises awareness about unexploded ordnances and mines and helps clearing private properties so that they can safely return home.

Syrian women, agents for change

Promoting Equal Rights for Women in Syria

Syria’s civil war has been tearing the country apart for eight years. When it ends, political will, knowledge and expertise will be needed to build consensus for a democratic and inclusive society. In Syria, as in so many parts of the world, culture and tradition have limited women’s participation in public and political life, largely excluding them from decision-making. But women must be involved if any political transition is to be successful. Democracy can only take root if the human rights of both women and men are respected. An EU-funded project aimed to ensure women are equal partners in this process for a successful and sustainable outcome.

Breathing new life: Restoring cultural heritage in Letnicë/Letnica, Kosovo

The Mill of Frok Dokic may not look like much. However, here, in the shadow of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Letnica, students, professors, restorers, carpenters and other tradespeople are restoring a centuries-old building full of cultural heritage to its former glory.

EU engagement in the Kimberley Process: A pledge to more sustainable livelihoods of mining communities

Natural resources belong to local communities not to militias. Since 2003, the EU and international partners representing 99% of the world’s diamond trade have joined forces to make sure that the production and trade of rough diamonds contributes to peace and sustainable economic and human development. The Kimberley Process is a unique tool for conflict prevention and promotes sustainable development. Holding the rotating Chairmanship in 2018, the EU seeks to ensure that the Process remains fit for purpose in a changing context.

Tackling organised crime and building economic resilience in Chad

As stability and prosperity of the Lake Chad region are under threat by the presence of terrorist groups, the European Union and Chadian government work together to increase security and border controls on Lake Chad and the Chari-Logone rivers. The improvement of security infrastructure marks a crucial step towards increasing regional stability and economic prosperity for the local population and fighting organised crime in the region.

International Urban Cooperation builds partnerships with cities in Asia

Bilateral cooperation between cities plays a major role in tackling some of today's most pressing challenges, including rapid urbanisation and the consequences of climate change. The International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme supports city-to-city, sub-national and inter-regional cooperation to spur sustainable development and build partnerships across the globe. By setting up local, regional and global networks in Asia's economic powerhouses, the IUC is building cooperation with cities from two of the EU's most important partners.

Ukraine: EU helps ensure increased safety for school in conflict zone

Dangerously close to a conflict zone, one school in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, is, with the help of the EU, working hard to improve the safety of its students.

Ending Child Labour for Peace and Stability in the Sahel

An IcSP-funded project in Mali and Senegal tackles child labour by providing education and social reintegration work to children who have been exploited

European Union partnerships for the economic empowerment of women

ICSP supporting local mine clearance in Libya

Libya has seen political turmoil, violence, and instability since 2011. What was hoped to be a success story – of democratic transition after the Arab revolutions – has turned into a protracted armed conflict.

EU restores main marketplace in Bor, South Sudan

Shortly after conflict broke out in South Sudan capital, in mid-December 2013, fighting erupted in Jonglei State and its capital, the town of Bor. During the unrest, tens of thousands were displaced and the town suffered significant destruction of private property and public infrastructure including schools, clinics and government buildings.

Supporting confidence building in South Caucasus conflict areas

Creating trust and confidence between communities affected by conflicts is a key EU objective in the South Caucasus. Since 2010, the Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM) has supported youth camps, professional training, research, healthcare services and business development projects to help overcome divisions and create opportunities for dialogue and peace.

IfS support to Palestine refugees

The Instrument for Stability collaborates with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to support Palestine refugees retaining their livelihoods in the midst of the Syrian crisis.

Who guards the guardians in Guinea?

An IcSP-funded project has tackled two issues that contributed to instability in Guinea: lack of trust between citizens and the police and the removal of abandoned weapon stockpiles.

Community-driven solutions in Lebanon

An IcSP-funded project has helped poor communities in Lebanon with high concentrations of refugees to come together and tackle shared problems.

Demining the mountains in Colombia

An IcSP-funded project to remove deadly landmines in Colombia shows that communities can overcome the legacy of terrible and divisive conflict and is a powerful example for others to follow.

Analysis of the perception of the EU and of EU's policies abroad

Results of the study "Analysis of the perception of the EU and of EU's policies abroad".

Supporting Syrian refugees in Turkey

IcSP-funded projects have helped Syrian refugees in Turkey to integrate into their host communities, access health and education services and contribute to the local economy.

What next for EU Arctic policy?

Two-day consultation conference for Arctic stakeholders held in Brussels 1-2 June 2015.

EU Gateway │ Business Avenues supports European companies in Asia

The Programme helped thousands of European companies to establish long-lasting business collaborations in the Republic of Korea and South East Asia (2016-2020), China (2016-2018) and Japan (2017-2019) through EU-funded mission, business matchmaking, logistics, and customised services.

Promoting religious harmony in Niger

An IcSP-funded project has helped to promote religious reconciliation through dialogue and foster social cohesion. It has given young people confidence to engage for a peaceful future.

The EU Election Observation Mission in Senegal

A presidential election took place in Senegal on 26 February 2012 amidst controversy over the constitutional validity of a third term for incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade.

Public Diplomacy through the Partnership Instrument

One of the main aims of EU external actions is to develop relations and build partnerships with third countries. The Partnership Instrument helps the EU achieve these goals abroad.

Negotiating the future

The IcSP’s European Resources for Mediation Support (ERMES) project continues to play a crucial role in fostering mediation and dialogue in conflict zones around the world.

The European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan

The FPI oversees the implementation and financial management of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan). It is the second largest civilian mission under the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), comprising 290 international staff, mainly consisting of police officers and rule of law experts, and 200 local staff.

EU Centres of Excellence in the United States

The ambitious agenda of cooperation between the EU and the US is taken forward via constant, intensive dialogue. This dialogue takes place at various levels, from the annual summit meetings between EU and US leaders to technical work at expert level.

Ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine – monitoring the line of contact

An IcSP-funded project has provided the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine with the tools required to help ease tensions, engage all parties and build trust across the Line of Contact.