This picture outlines the generic integrated planning and resource management cycle. The picture is derived from a power point slide use in the NYU course 11.2665: Decentralized Development Planning in Developing Countries (Paul Smoke and Leonardo Romeo, spring 2009), but can easily be used to project the UNDAF planning and resources management cycle.The red box portrays the joint policy setting and planning undertaken by the UNCT as part of the UNDAF formulation process. The results of this step are the finalised UNDAF and the UNDAF action plan, which set out the strategic vision of the UNCT.The budgeting is done through the common budgetary framework, which outlines all the resources available and the resources to be mobilised in order to implement the UNDAF Action Plan. If the resource gap between what the UN needs to implement the UNDAF and what it can realistically expect to mobilise is too high, it may mean that the UNDAF Action Plan will need to be adjusted.The funding gap can be met through different funding mechanisms. One strategic decision the UNCT needs to make is whether it will go for joint resource mobilisation or not. If the decision is made to do the resource mobilisation jointly, different funding mechanisms are available. The best known may be the Delivery as One Fund.Joint Planning and Joint Budgeting can be followed by joint implementation through common services and harmonised funding mechanisms, and joint monitoring and evaluation.This presentation focuses on the existing UNDG options and tools for joint budgeting, resource mobilisation and implementation, and especially on the MDTF as a joint funding mechanism.
There are 35 ongoing UN MDTFs, which cover a wide spectrum of activities in humanitarian, post-conflict / transition and development contexts. Some of the Funds have a global character and use their contributions to finance activities in multiple countries, while the majority of MDTFs focus their activities on one specific country context. At present, all but 1 of the ongoing UN MDTFs are administered by the UNDP MDTF Office, which has de facto functioned up to now as the central service centre for the provision of transparent and accountable fund management services for UN MDTFs.
As of the end of March 2010, total contributions received from 50 plus donors to operational UN MDTFs administered by the MDTF Office stood at about USD 4.3 billion.These contributions were evenly spread out over the humanitarian, transition and development Funds, as can be seen in this chart.
Nane & Henriette to come back on this later again when showing pass-through fund management. UN administered MDTFs, including Delivering as One Fund are governed by a set of UNDG rules and legal instruments, have multi-agency participation and are designed to receive contributions from more than one donor..
Henriette to draw on the flip-chartAnnual reporting requirementsParticipating UN Organizations submit narrative and financial progress reports to Administrative Agent (AA)AA consolidates into one report and submits to donorsMDTF Office GATEWAY allows for online submissionsNarrative: submitted by country officeFinancial: submitted by HQs
In addition, the MDTF Office often has a Strategic Involvement at different moments in the MDTF life cycle, including support and guidance to establishing a new MDTF, managing the MDTF; participation in evaluations / lessons learning; and support and guidance to closing a MDTF.Moreover, the MDTF Office has created the MDTF Office Gateway that, we hope, gives you the ability to receive and access real time information from the MDTF Office.
Moreover, the MDTF Office has created the MDTF Office Gateway that, we hope, gives you the ability to receive and access real time information from the MDTF Office.
Origin and Trends in Multi-Donor Trust Funds<br />Global and country-specific<br />Humanitarian, transition and development<br />35 operational MDTFs<br />74 countries of operation<br />Over US$ 4.3 billion contributions received from > 50 donors through MDTF/One Fund/JPs using pass-through fund management<br />UNDP MDTF Office has by far the largest MDTF Portfolio in UN system<br />
Definition and Objectives of a Multi-Donor Trust Fund<br />Definition:<br />A UNDG MDTF is a multi-agency funding mechanism which is designed to receive contributions from more than one donor that are held in trust by the appointed Administrative Agent.<br />Objective: <br />MDTFs aim to provide more flexible, coordinated and predictable funding to support the achievement of nationally owned and determined priorities.<br />
UNDG Guidance Note on Establishing<br />Multi-Donor Trust Funds<br />This Guidance has been approved by the UNDG on an interim basis given the urgency to provide guidance to UN Country Teams and bring about increased standardization in establishing MDTFs. Revised Guidance will be issued later in 2010 that will take account of further comments received by the UNDG on this document and to expand the guidance to issues related to the management and closure of MDTFs. UN Country Teams are advised to consult the Development Operations Coordination Office and/or their agency colleagues at headquarters level for any clarifications and support in the use of this Guidance, including providing any suggestions for enhancing its relevance and user-friendliness.<br />
AA Function - UNDP MDTF Office<br />Core functions as per 2008 UNDG AA protocol<br /> <br />1. Receiving donor contributions on behalf of Participating UN Organizations (PUNO);<br />2. Administer such funds received, in accordance with the relevant MOU <br />3. Disbursing funds to PUNOs as instructed by Steering Committee;<br />4. Consolidating reports from PUNOs for submission to donors;<br />5. Provide final reporting, including notification of operational completion<br />6. Disburse funds to any PUNO for direct costs<br />
MDTF Office GATEWAY<br />World Map<br />MDTF portfolio - real time<br />JP portfolio - real time<br />Transactions - real time<br />Homepage: http://mdtf.undp.org/<br />
Emerging Lessons<br />Strategic focus and inclusiveness<br />Predictability of funding for improved programming<br />Un-earmarked and coordinated funding<br />Improved transparency of the UN<br />Thresholds / value added<br />Use of standard tools and instruments<br />Queries - to be raised through DOCO to inter-agency mechanisms<br />
Resources<br />UNDG web-site<br />http://www.undg.org/index.cfm?P=1370<br />UNDP MDTF Office web-site<br />http://mdtf.undp.org/<br />Expanded Delivering as One Funding Window<br />http://www.undg.org/index.cfm?P=1371<br />