EU-UNDP partnership within the Instrument for Stability

The Instrument for Stability (IfS) is a rapid and flexible mechanism at the disposal of the EU to prevent conflict, support post-conflict political stabilization and to ensure early recovery after a natural disaster. The IfS has enabled the EU to work across the conflict cycle with timely interventions that complement other EU development and cooperation instruments. The IfS can intervene in all domains except in purely humanitarian or military action.


The IfS was established in 2007 with a budget of EUR 2 billion for the period 2007-2013. It is now a well-established EU crisis prevention and response tool which is complementary to other instruments. In some cases, the IfS is used to re-establish the necessary conditions for the implementation of EU development assistance using other long-term instruments. The instrument relates to the three pillars of the UN’s work – peace and security, human rights and development – and it has been an important mechanism for the UN-EU partnership not only supporting UN development and humanitarian activities but also the efforts of UN peacekeeping and political missions in Sudan, Kosovo and the Central African Republic, for example.


During the period from 2008 to 2012, UNDP and the EU signed 62 contracts under the IfS, for a total value of EUR 139 million.


Programmes on country-level include Haiti, where the IfS supported UNDP’s work on electoral assistance and cash-for-work programmes; South Sudan, where community security was improved with a programme targeting small arms; Lebanon, where civil peace and reconciliation efforts were supported; and Pakistan, where support was provided following the 2010 floods and where local governance was rehabilitated. 


Under the Peacebuilding Partnership of the IfS a number of global thematic initiatives have been supported bringing together not just the EU and UNDP but the larger UN family. These programmes under the long term component of the IfS are important, not only because of the monetary value, but because they support the development of joint knowledge products, they promote the sharing of best practices from our partnership.


This includes global programmes such as strengthening capacities for sustainable management of land and natural resources; working towards an integrated approach to disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR); developing domestic capacities and institutions for mediation and dialogue; and strengthening the capacities of our partner countries in the conduct of post-disaster needs-assessments (PDNAs). 

UNDP-EU partnership in Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Since 2003, the EU has supported a wide range of UNDP programmes addressing many different aspects of crisis prevention and recovery.


To help countries and communities recover after a conflict or natural disaster, UNDP and the EU work in both immediate crisis recovery and more long-term development, trying to ease the transition between the two.

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