All Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) programmes are subject to rigorous annual reviews. These reviews assess:
- technical and programme management standards including financial and risk management, value for money, conflict and gender sensitivity
- contextual factors such as changes to the political environment
An expert team, usually of 3 people, conduct these reviews. At least one person is independent from the programme. The team scores assessments at output level (the direct result of programme activities) and outcome level (the changes that these outputs deliver). Scores are on a scale of A+, where outputs or outcomes exceed expectations, to C, where outputs or outcomes substantially did not meet expectations.
The CSSF aims to publish information for all programmes. However, due to the highly sensitive nature of some of the CSSFs work, it is not possible to publish details of all programmes. The 2 main reasons why we may not be able to publish programme documents are:
- to protect national security
- for the safety and security of beneficiaries, partners and partner governments
Due to the security situation in Afghanistan, we have temporarily removed potentially sensitive information for CSSF programmes there.
The 2 largest CSSF delivery partners, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID) have merged to form the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). As these reviews look back to the achievements of the 2019 to 2020 reporting period, programmes still refer to the lead department at that time.