The UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) launched on 01 April 2015. This new funding instrument has replaced the Conflict (Prevention) Pool. The UK has allocated CSS funds for Iraq.
The CSSF is one part of a broader approach to UK prioritisation in fragile and conflict affected states, and it is governed by the UK’s National Security Council (NSC).
The CSSF will support delivery of the UK’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy (BSOS), the National Security Strategy 2010, the Strategic Defence and Security Review and Country (and regional) specific strategies using the full range of UK government capabilities and expertise in tackling conflict, instability and insecurity. The Fund will build upon the successful activity of the Conflict Pool, expanding to include a wider range of activities and approaches across government.
Compared to the Conflict Pool, the CSSF has a more of a top-down approach with more NSC oversight and an emphasis on in-county impact. The Conflict Pool was more bottom-up with Posts receiving bids from partners and these then being tailored to Post’s objectives. Under the CSSF we are funding fewer, larger, more strategic programmes which complement existing HMG in-country efforts.
IRAQ AND THE CSSF
In Iraq for Financial Year 2015-16, the CSSF mainly focused on stabilisation and stability activities across three thematic areas: Political Reconciliation; Community Cohesion and Security, including Strategic Communications.
In Financial Year 2016-17, the CSSF will focus on four interrelated areas (Reconciliation, Stabilisation & Resilience; Strategic Communications and Reform) and more attention will be shifted to addressing the underlying causes of Daesh.
The majority of Iraq’s CSSF allocation will be targeted at eligible Official Development Assistance(ODA) activity.
TENDERS & CALLS FOR BIDS - IRAQ
We expect to announce Invitation to Tenders to organisations on the CSSF Procurement Framework throughout the year. The dates for these announcements are not fixed annually. Please see the Ted Europa hyperlink for more details and the London contact details for enquiries. Suppliers on and off this list have been encouraged to partner up to ensure value for money and that the full market is tested.
Current CSSF guidance stipulates that Embassies should no longer run Call for Bids/Proposals. Please note that the CSSF is just one of a number of UK programme funds. The British Embassy Baghdad may continue to advertise tenders and Calls for Bids/Proposals for other priority areas.