The EU's Peace-building Partnership

The EU responds to crises and addresses some longer-term security threats around the world. Under the crisis preparedness component of the Instrument for Stability (Art 4.3), the European Commission has established the Peace-building Partnership (PbP) to develop the capacity of its potential partners to respond to crisis situations worldwide.

Civil society organizations in particular – especially those with extensive field presence - constitute an invaluable source of expertise in this area, either in providing policy-makers with reliable and timely information or analysis of incipient conflict, or in dealing with its consequences in the field.

The Peace-building Partnership envisages building the capacities of relevant organizations in pre-crisis situations,  for instance to develop early-warning systems, to provide mediation and reconciliation services and to address inter-community tensions. It also addresses measures for improving post-conflict and post-disaster recovery.

The type of organizations eligible for support under this instrument are mainly specialist non-governmental organizations. However, the PbP can also be used to support the EU’s cooperation with the UN agencies, with regional organizations like the African Union, and with Member State agencies, such as those involved in training for civilian stabilization missions.

Funding for civil society organizations is provided through calls for proposals. Funding for other partners (international organizations, regional organizations and EU Member State agencies) is provided via grants.

A stocktaking and scoping exercise on the future strategic direction of the Peace-building Partnership (PbP) has recently been conducted with the assistance of external experts - see: Executive Summary pdf - 47 KB [47 KB] and Study - full report pdf - 412 KB [412 KB]