The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) was established by the UN Secretary-General in 2006 to help prevent countries from relapsing into violent conflict. The PBF is intended to provide for a more sustained engagement in support of countries emerging from conflict and will support peacebuilding activities which directly contribute to post-conflict stabilization and strengthen the capacity of Governments, national/local institutions and transitional or other relevant authorities. The PBF addresses immediate needs in countries emerging from conflict at a time when sufficient resources are not available from other funding mechanisms and will support interventions of direct and immediate relevance to the peacebuilding process and contribute towards addressing critical gaps in that process. The PBF is currently supporting more than a hundred projects in 15 countries.