Strategic Programme Fund

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The Strategic Programme Fund (SPF) - formerly the Global Opportunities Fund - was established in 2003 to support the Government’s 'international goals'.

According to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) it has

supported nearly 950 projects since 2003 ranging from climate change and energy, Afghan counter-narcotics and migration programmes, to sustainable development, relations with the Islamic world and economic governance.

Now its main focus is mainly to

  • counter terrorism, weapons proliferation and their causes
  • promote a low carbon, high growth global economy
  • prevent and resolve conflict; and
  • develop effective international institutions, above all the UN and EU



The SPF is funded as part of the FCO. According to the most up-to-date Annual Report 2006-7, the FCO's spending for that year stood at £128 million - the SPF spending accounted for 50 per cent of the FCO's annual budget[2].



  1. FCO Website Strategic Programme Fund Accessed April 15, 2008
  2. Foreign & Commonwealth Office Global Opportunities Fund Annual Report 2006-7, p 37