UK Unveils Financing Plans for Peacekeeping, Conflict Prevention

The U.K. government plans to provide 256 million pounds ($417 million) to fund discretionary conflict prevention, stabilization and peacekeeping activities for financial year 2011-2012, with an aim to reach 309 million pounds in the 2014-2015 period, according to U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell.

The funding constitutes Britain’s conflict pool, which is managed jointly by the Department for International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Ministry of Defense, Mitchell told the House of Commons on Tuesday (April 5).

The funding “excludes the net additional cost of military operations in Afghanistan where separate arrangements are in place to draw on the Treasury reserve,” Mitchell said.

Of the allocation for 2011-2012, Afghanistan will receive the biggest portion at 68.5 million pounds. The sum also includes:

- 15.5 million pounds for South Asia, of which more than 70 percent will be committed to Pakistan.- 11.4 million pounds for the Middle East, focusing on Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq.- 33.1 million pounds for Africa, targeting Somalia and Sudan.- 27.5 million pounds for wider Europe, focusing on the Balkans, Caucasus and Cyprus.- 5 million pounds for the Strengthening Alliances and Partnerships program that helps to bolster the conflict response of the United Nations and other organizations.- 12 million pounds for the Stabilization Unit, the U.K. government’s frontline delivery service for stabilization in conflict states.- 7 million pounds in reserve to cope with pressures such as increasing costs of international peacekeeping missions and exchange rate fluctuations. 

The British government has also set aside 450 million pounds to fulfill the country’s international peacekeeping obligations.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.