The Global Peace and Security Program

Canadian funding through START contributes to a land dispute mediation project

The Global Peace and Security Program seeks to support timely, coherent, and effective programming in priority fragile states. The Global Peace and Security Program is the largest Global Peace and Security Fund envelope at $100 million for fiscal year 2010-2011, and is currently supporting activities in countries and regions such as Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Haiti, the Horn of Africa, Sudan, and the Middle East. Programming envelopes are managed by the Stabilization and Reconstruction Programming Division, with support from other START divisions, relevant task forces, other groups within the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Canada’s network of missions abroad and other governmental departments on a project-by-project basis.

Project areas that the Global Peace and Security Program supports include:

  • Strengthen and develop resources in security sector and rule of law institutions by supporting initiatives that reinforce international best practices, norms and standards in fragile states.
  • Reinforce and build capacity of non-governmental organizations, international government institutions and multilateral and regional organizations to plan, manage and conduct coordinated and integrated responses to peace and security challenges.
  • Support policy initiatives and mentoring and training activities that promote civilian protection, safety of aid workers, justice and security system reform and respect for international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law
  • Promote conflict resolution by promoting dialogue and reconciliation with communities, vulnerable groups and conflicting parties.