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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How were the Pools formed?
A:  In 2001, following a series of cross-cutting reviews to improve the UK Government's approach to conflict prevention activity and its effectiveness, two conflict prevention pools were created.

Q:  What was the Pools aim?
A:  The Pools aim was to reduce the number of people around the world whose lives are affected by violent conflict, and ultimately, to cut the number of conflicts that occur.

Q:  Which government departments are involved?
A:  The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Department for International Development (DfID) are responsible for the Pools. Cabinet Office and Treasury are also involved.

Q:  How are the GCPP strategies chosen?
A:  When the Pools were established in 2001, government Ministers agreed strategies for eight priority areas (4 geographical and 4 thematic). Since then Ministers have agreed the removal and addition of strategies according to changing needs and priorities.

Q:  How are funds allocated to Strategies?
A:  FCO, MoD and DfID Ministers jointly agree allocation of funds. Allocations are prioritised based on the following criteria:
  • impact of the conflict on UK and broader international community interests;
  • the extent of international efforts to resolve the conflict;
  • how significant a UK contribution might be in resolving the conflict and in leveraging international effort; and
  • whether joint work under the GCPP will be more effective than individual departmental efforts.

Q:  What are the guidelines for activity undertaken as part of GCPP Strategies?
A:  Activity must support the Pools Public Service Agreement (PSA) Target and cover conflict prevention, management and post-conflict reconstruction. Activity must be co-ordinated with the FCO, MoD and DfID. The activity should be based on rigorous analysis of relative impact.

Q:  What can't be funded?
A:  Humanitarian relief, de-mining, good governance, counter narcotics, migration and human rights activities are generally excluded from GCPP funding, unless closely related to the success of an agreed conflict prevention strategy.

Q:  Can GCPP funds purchase military equipment?
A:  Military equipment can be funded only if essential to the success of an agreed conflict prevention strategy. Funding of weapons, ammunition and any other lethal military equipment requires ministerial approval.

Q:  Can I bid for funds from the Conflict Prevention Pools?
A:  Each project proposal is considered on an individual basis by the relevant regional/thematic strategy. There are a number of factors that strategies consider, which include:
  • does the project meets the GCPP Eligibility Criteria;
  • does the project work towards key strategy priorities; and
  • are there funds available (strategies programme ahead, so resources may not be available).
Project proposals must set out the background to the project, its goal, purpose, outputs and activities to be undertaken, the management and monitoring arrangements, any risks or assumptions, and a project budget. This information will allow the project to be properly assessed by the strategy.

Q:  Have the Pools been evaluated?
A:  An external evaluation of the two CPPs in 2003-04 concluded that the CPPs are funding worthwhile activities that make positive contributions to effective conflict prevention, and that the progress achieved through the CPP mechanisms is significant enough to justify to justify their continuation. They also considered that the Pools were demonstrating increasingly joined up working between the 3 pool departments.

Further information on the evaluation of the Pools and the Pool's performance:
PDF Evaluation of the Conflict Prevention Pools  (PDF, 83K)
PDF Evaluation of the Conflict Prevention Pools: UK Government Response, July 2004  (PDF, 100K)
PDF Pools September 2005 SR04 Performance Return  (PDF, 100K)
PDF Pools September 2005 SR02 Performance Return  (PDF, 272K)
This is an external link DFID website: Evaluation of Conflict Prevention Pools - Reports and Summaries