The second Conflict, Stability and Security Fund Annual Report demonstrates the Fund is making progress against both national security and UK Aid objectives. Examples include:
- providing humanitarian relief to the Overseas Territories in response to Hurricane Irma
- supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces secure the border with Syria for the first time
- encouraging and enabling Pakistani women to participate in the democratic process which led to over 405,000 women registering for National Identity Cards
- supporting the Government of Iraq and UN agencies to rebuild essential infrastructure and clear explosives, which has enabled over 3.6 million people to return home
Addressing these complex issues requires a different approach from traditional development or humanitarian support as the context of where extreme poverty is concentrated is changing. Already 2 billion people live in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. The share of the extreme poor living in conflict-affected situations is expected to rise to more than 60% by 2030.
The Fund uses both Official Development Assistance (ODA) and non-ODA funding, and was £1,182 million in the 2017 to 2018 financial year. Discretionary, programme spend made up £671 million of this total. The remainder was made up of the UK’s contribution to peacekeeping costs, Ministry of Defence ringfenced funding such as the Deployable Military Assistance Pool and certain operations in Afghanistan, and corporate delivery support.