Speaker: Will Guest, Head of Programme Management and South Asia Lead for the Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF)

We are delighted to welcome Will Guest, Head of Programme Management and South Asia Lead for the Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), who will give us an update on the work of the Fund. Will has worked for 15 years in government across a number of posts in DFID and FCO, including in Ghana and leading the governance portfolio in DFID Pakistan. Will is part of the Joint Programme Hub, which is the team that oversees National Security Council strategies and CSSF as well as other cross-Whitehall funding.

The CSSF has a budget of £1.127 billion in FY 16/17, rising to £1.322 billion by FY 19/20 (allocated as ODA from the UK Aid Programme) for tackling conflict and instability overseas. It was launched on 1 April 2015, replacing the Conflict (Prevention) Pool and is overseen by the National Security Council. The 2015 National Security Strategy states that the CSSF is part of an ‘even more ambitious approach’ to tackling conflict and building stability overseas, especially in fragile states and regions. The CSSF supports delivery of the UK’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy (BSOS) and the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.

The CSSF is now one of the world's largest mechanism's for addressing conflict and instability. Its programmes deliver against over 40 cross Government strategies set by the National Security Council. The CSSF is designed as a flexible resource. It is supporting the peace processes including that in Colombia, tackling organised crime in the Caribbean, helping Ukraine to build its resiliance to withstand external threats, funding a doubling of British UN Peacekeepers, and has supported reforming police and militaries in some of the world's most challenging environments. From FY 16/17 the CSSF has also incorporated the Good Governance Fund for the Eastern Neighbourhood and Western Balkans, the North Africa Good Governance Fund, a Migration Fund and a programme for the Overseas Territories.

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