Stability, Safety and Security

Latest update : 11/01/2015

The action of the Stability, Safety and Security Department is part of the policy defined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI). This works closely with the various sovereign Ministries concerned, and contributes to promote stability, crisis management, support to post-crisis fragile countries, and states capacity building in terms of safety and security.

Surveillance maritime
Caption : Surveillance maritime
Surveillance maritime - Credit : Douanes françaises

Taking advantage of the experience gained in these areas and relying on an experienced project management team, numerous project teams in the field, as well as a wide network of high-level experts, the Department works for the benefit of partner countries institutions, as closely as possible to the orientations of the national and international donors (French bilateral cooperation, European Union, United Nations).

This department works in partnership with French and European administrations[1], research institutes, European and international organisations, public European agencies (especially in the framework of the EUNIDA grouping[2]) and private enterprises. It acts through modalities adapted to each project: multi-donors fund management, community fund delegated management, expertise mobilisation, procurement, public-private partnerships, grants management, direct assistance.

The Department is organised in three Units where action is facilitated in a crosscutting approach:

CBRN-E/Civil Protection Unit

Expertise France was designated as a lead contractor of French expertise for the implementation of cooperation programmes aiming at preventing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear risk prevention (CBRN), be it of criminal (terrorism), accidental (industrial accidents) or natural (pandemic) origin.

Year after year, Expertise France gathered a wide network of French, European, and international partners, in order to provide appropriate technical assistance allowing the development of a common approach on an international and regional level in terms of crisis prevention and management involving CBRN pathogenic agents.

Civil protection aims at protecting populations by responding to the effects of natural and industrial disasters, as well as common risks. It covers economic, health, food, civil, and industrial security. Implemented in partnership with the Security and Defence Cooperation Directorate (DCSD) of the MAEDI, Civil Protection (DGSCGC) of the Ministry of Interior, Departmental Fire and Rescue Services (SDIS), activities focus on technical and operational capacity building of civil protection services.

Stability, Crisis, Post-Crisis and Fragile States Unit

While remaining involved in difficult areas such as Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Middle East or the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Stability, Crisis, Post-Crisis and Fragile States Unit conducts major interventions in areas deeply affected by major security and humanitarian crisis, working closely with the relevant Directorates of MAEDI and the Crisis Centre:

  • Direct assistance to the people of countries affected by crisis: health, food security, and civil protection;
  • Institutional support to transition processes: strengthening of the capacities of local governance structures, civil society partners, transitional justice, and preparation of election cycles;
  • Support to United Nation's peacekeeping operations: assistance in the deployment of Peacekeepers in conflict areas with the supply of goods, services and infrastructure building. 

Security Systems Reform (RSS), Transregional Threats Unit

This Unit acts in areas of security systems reform (organisational reform and governance of internal and defence security forces, reform of criminal law) and transregional threats:

  • Centre de santé en Syrie
    Caption : Centre de santé en Syrie
    Centre de santé en Syrie - Credit : Ammar Abd Rabbo
    Critical infrastructure: transportation systems (piracy, maritime capacity building, etc), and environmental and energetic threats to security;
  • Transnational trafficking and organised crime: fight against drug, weapon and human trafficking, money laundering, and support to integrated border control;
  • Counter-terrorism, and violent counter-extremisms.

Within the framework of the European Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, the RSS, Transregional Threats Unit is involved in the Expert Support Facility since 2008, allowing the European Commission to call upon the expertise of the member States to identify and develop projects in essential sovereign sectors.

[1] International Cooperation Directorate (DCI) of the Ministry of Interior, Security and Defense Cooperation Directorate (DCSD) of the MAEDI, Civil Protection (DGSCGC), the Center for Atomic Energy (CAE), Defence Staff, Customs (DGDDI)...

[2] The European Network of Implementing Development Agencies



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