Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)

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European Union
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Gender in Tourism
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Intro text: 
The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) is the EU's main instrument supporting security initiatives and peace-building activities in partner countries. It came into force in 2014, replacing the Instrument for Stability (IfS) and several earlier instruments that focused on drugs, landmines, uprooted people, crisis management, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

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Geographic focus

EU and partner countries

Who can apply?

  • Bodies of any EU member state, partner country, partner region or other country contributing to the objectives of this instrument
  • European agencies
  • International organisations
  • Joint bodies (partner regions and the Community)
  • Partner countries and regions

Objectives and activities

Objective: supporting security initiatives and peace-building activities in partner countries.


  • The IcSP can provide short-term assistance, for example in countries where a crisis is unfolding; or
  • Long-term support, notably to mitigate a variety of risks, tackle global and transborder threats, and build capacity for lasting socio-economic development. Its activities complement those of the European Union's geographical instruments.
  • IcSP Crisis Preparedness component contributes to fulfilling EU commitments related to Women, Peace and Security (WPS). The Peace-building Partnership is an innovative part of the IcSP and is established to strengthen civilian expertise for peace-building activities.

Type and level of funding

The financial envelope for the implementation of this Regulation for the period from 2014 to 2020 shall be EUR 2 338 719 000.

In the majority of cases, funding through the long-term component is allocated using the negotiated procedure, a direct award, administrative arrangements or joint/contribution agreements with international organisations. Calls for proposals and calls for tenders are used only in rare circumstances. If they are, the eligibility criteria for individual calls are specified in the related documents.