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The ACPP was established in 2001 on the recommendation of a cross-cutting review of Conflict Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It involves three government departments: the Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD), supported by the Treasury and coordinated at Ministerial level by the Cabinet Office. The ACPP serves as a tool for joint analysis, financing and coordination in areas where collaboration between the three departments can add value to UK conflict prevention activities.
In practice, ACPP objectives and priorities are laid out in a jointly agreed UK Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy for Conflict Prevention. Projects for activities at the continental, sub-regional and national levels are programmed and agreed annually. In addition to regular formal meetings (Ministers biannually, Directors quarterly and Officials monthly), officials of all three departments are in daily contact on a variety of policy issues and routine business.
The ACPP works through existing staff and structures of the three departments, including the Defence Attaché network (currently 10 in Sub-Saharan Africa) and Regional Conflict Advisers, one in each of the four SSA sub-regions. The ACPP’s budget for FY 2005/6 is £60m, of which MOD spends around £30m. The ACPP thus ensures that development, diplomatic and defence efforts in SSA are co-ordinated as best as possible, thus ensuring joined up government.
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