Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) is the Swedish government agency for peace, security and development.
As part of Sweden’s international development aid, we promote peace in conflict-affected countries. We offer training and advice and conduct research in order to strengthen peacebuilding and statebuilding, and we grant funds to civil society organizations working with peace and security. Moreover, we deploy civilian personnel to peace operations and election observation missions primarily led by the UN, EU and OSCE. The agency is named after Count Folke Bernadotte, UN’s first peace mediator.
FBA is a government agency under the authority of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Our work is financed by tax money.
We have a close cooperation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. The difference between FBA and Sida is that we work exclusively with conflict prevention, conflict solution and conflict-affected countries. We carry out most of our work on-site with our own personnel.
FBA was established in 2002 when the Swedish government saw a need for a state agency focused on peace and security.
At the start, we were only four employees. Today we have over 150 employees at our offices in Stockholm and Sandö in Sweden, and we also have approximately 80 experts on secondment to peace operations around the world.