Global Peace and Security Fund

Supporting Security and Stability Programming

The Global Peace and Security Fund (GPSF) is managed by the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) to support programming that responds to the needs of emerging international crises and peace and security challenges in a timely, effective and coherent manner.

Using the GPSF, START’s programming helps to advance democracy and support the strengthening of fragile democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights and increase stability for local populations in fragile and conflict-affected states.

As a means of immediate international assistance, START programming is intended to be short-term and catalytic, but it can also complement, or be incorporated into, longer-term development initiatives.

Canada’s Role

Using the GPSF, START develops and delivers programming that asserts Canadian values and foreign policy priorities through the promotion of security and stability, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Through START’s programming, Canada helps fragile and conflict-affected states to:

  • strengthen their security systems to confront security threats effectively;
  • protect vulnerable populations, including women and children;
  • promote free and fair elections in countries where democracy is at risk;
  • eliminate sexual and gender-based violence, and child, early and forced marriage;
  • mitigate the effects of explosive remnants of war;
  • empower civil-society engagement through training and outreach to enable civil-society participation and free expression; and
  • strengthen democratic institutions and actors.

The GPSF supports activities in countries and regions around the globe, including Ukraine, Iraq, Colombia, Syria, Burma, Cambodia, Kenya, Laos, Sri Lanka and the Middle East.

Quick Facts

Here are some examples of START programming activities.

Child, Early and Forced Marriage:

  • Through the GPSF, Canada has supported projects aimed at countering CEFM by providing $2.8 million to a broad range of Canadian and international partners such as Save the Children Canada, which is working to improve policy and legal frameworks and enhance the capacity of community organizations to prevent and protect children from child, early and forced marriage in Somalia, and helping to empower children through education and training in the prevention and fight against child, early and forced marriage.
  • Canada has supported the Women’s Refugee Commission in their work to better protect the human rights and physical safety of girls in situations of conflict and displacement—including Somali refugees in Ethiopia—enabling them to lead healthy lives and reach their full potential.
  • Canada has also supported Parliamentarians for Global Action to increase political support to develop an enabling legal policy framework to address child, early and forced marriage and protect girls’ human rights in Tanzania and Ghana.

Middle East:

  • Canada is supporting efforts to respond to and investigate sexual violence and other serious human rights abuses in the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by providing support of as much as $10 million through START. The funding will also contribute to the prevention of and response to sexual violence and related abuses, including increased access to services and treatment for Syrian and Iraqi refugees and displaced persons who have been victims of violence in ISIS-affected areas.
  • Canada provided non-lethal security assistance to Iraq focused on logistical support for the Kurdistan Regional Government through the provision of general purpose and specialty vehicles (i.e. to transport fuel, water or sewage) and GPS units totaling $5 million.


  • Canada contributed to enhancing the capabilities of the Ukrainian armed forces in their fight to defend their country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by providing non-lethal security equipment, including 30,000 sets of winter jackets and pants, 70,000 pairs of cold and wet weather boots, night-vision goggles, medical equipment, a mobile field hospital and explosive-ordnance disposal equipment.
  • Canada has committed an additional $2 million to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, an unarmed civilian mission that aims to reduce tensions and foster stability and security.


  • Canada is supporting peace initiatives, including supporting the demobilization and reintegration of illegal armed groups, through the Organization of American States Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia.
  • Canada supported efforts to increase the amount of land that can be safely released to communities by improving the capacity of the Colombian mine action sector.