State and Peacebuilding Fund (SPF) - World Bank Group

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Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Human Rights in Tourism
Policy and Governance in Tourism
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The SPF is designed to explore innovative approaches to peace- and state-building in a range of difficult fragile and conflict-affected environments. The SPF is administered by the World Bank with funds from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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Geographic focus

34 countries (mostly Africa, Middle East and Latin America).

Who can apply?

Countries with limited or no access to other sources of Bank financing.

  • NGO's;
  • Private sector; and
  • Governments.

All the above can apply with projects related to state and peacebuilding.

Objectives and activities


  • To support measures to improve governance and institutional performance in countries emerging from, or at risk of sliding into, crisis and arrears; and 

  • To support the reconstruction and development of countries prone to, in, or emerging from conflict.


  • The SPF finances strategic and catalytic development interventions and leverages partnerships that over the long-term promote resilient institutions that are able to manage the internal and external stresses that can increase the risk of conflict and violence.
  • Sustainable Tourism Development Project: The objective of this project is to strengthen the institutional framework for the Tourism Sector to facilitate environmentally and socially sound investments.

Example of tourism-related activities eligible for funding: Palestine: The Abraham Path Initiative and Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil, launched a pilot program aimed at creating jobs and providing more opportunities to generate income for local people along the Abraham Path (USD 2.3 million initiative in 2015).

Type and level of funding

Total World Bank contributions to the SPF in 2014: USD 167 million. The SPF allocation is disbursed through grants.