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The Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund (LMPTF)

Background

After 14 years of conflict, the guns fell silent in Liberia following the signing of the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Accra, Ghana. The Agreement led to the establishment of an interim Government and the subsequent deployment of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).  

Since then, Liberia has experienced relative peace, achieving milestones such as its first democratic election (2005) and winning the fight against the deadly Ebola virus that claimed over 4000 lives (2014-2015). In 2018, a ‘double transition’ took place in the country – there was peaceful transfer of power from one elected Government to another for the first time in over 70 years, followed by the withdrawal of UNMIL after a 14-year presence and the subsequent handover of their functions to the UN Country Team.

Fragility and root causes of conflict remaining in the country: Despite UNMIL’s successful completion of its mandate and subsequent departure, Liberia remains with many challenges. The country is ranked 181 out of 189 countries, by the 2018 UNDP Human Development Indices (HDI) and Indicators, with an HDI value of 0.453 for 2017 placing it in the low human development category.

Liberia is also the 19th most fragile country (out of 58 fragile countries, according to the 2018 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Fragile Framework), with severe multi-dimensional fragilities in terms of politics, economy, environment, society and security.   

More importantly, the root causes of conflict remain in the country even after UNMIL’s departure. Neighbours from different ethnicities, who once lived peacefully, are feuding over grievances, property titles and residency rights. Land ownership conflicts entangle local communities, international corporations, local and national stakeholders and others in a bitter struggle to secure benefits. Compounded with the fragile social capital of the country, which is divided by regional, ethnic, religious, and generational cleavages, these risks always have possibilities to lead to any negative outcomes.

To prevent potential ‘strategic reversal’ from the gains accrued from the heavily-invested peacekeeping era, it is crucial to view the country through a ‘prevention’ lens.   

LMPTF Objectives and Scope

The Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund (LMPTF) was established in July 2018 to address the remaining root causes of fragility in Liberia in support of the country’s efforts to sustain peace and implement the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

The LMPTF brings together the Government, development partners, the UN system, and relevant stakeholders. The architecture of the LMPTF is designed to support and accelerate the implementation of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) which was launched in October 2018, through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).  

The LMPTF provides a coordination mechanism both financially and programmatically by improving aid effectiveness, increasing alignment among stakeholders and reducing transaction costs for donors and implementing partners, in close consultation with the Government of Liberia.

LMPFT key result areas: The Fund’s current result areas are hinged on the PAPD’s four pillars as follows;

  1. Power to the People: Which focuses on providing more equitable opportunities in education, health, youth development and social protection
  2. The Economy and Jobs: Which is looking to promote economic stability and create jobs through effective resource mobilisation and prudent management of the economy.
  3. Sustaining the Peace: Whose goal is to promote a cohesive society for sustainable development
  4. Governance and Transparency: Which will promote an inclusive and accountable public sector for shared prosperity and sustainable development.

The Fund will also address the cross-cutting areas of women and youth empowerment, climate change and environment as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Added Value of the Fund

Addressing multi-dimensional fragility through a comprehensive joint approach: The Fund will support joint projects that are implemented by 2-3 UN agencies and/or government institutions to address complex issues that single entities alone cannot effectively address. Sustaining peace requires an integrated and inclusive approach by multi-sector entities as well as complementarity to the existing funding sources and single agency-based funding mechanisms.

Sustaining Peace through the implementation of SDGs: Through pooled funding, LMTPF will support efforts to consolidate peace, implement and realise the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Liberia. 

A catalytic and coherent role with maximum efficiency: Using two funding windows, the UN Window and the National Window, the LMPTF will, under a common governance arrangement,   promote coordination across projects and policy pillars; alignment with national priorities; and reduce transaction costs for the government and development partners alike.

Predictable funding: The fund will bring together contributions from tradition and non-traditional donors, private sector, foundations and other sources with the goal of establishing a predictable source of funding for Liberia’s peace and development programmes. It will also complement and build on existing funding sources as well as UN agency-based funding mechanism.

Governance Structure

The governance structure of the LMPTF includes a Steering Committee, a Thematic Working Group and a Secretariat.

LMPTF Steering Committee: The Fund’s key governing body is the Steering Committee. The LMPTF Steering Committee provides strategic oversight and general supervision of the Fund. It is co-chaired by the Minister of Finance and Development Planning and the UN Resident Coordinator, and is participated by two representatives from the Government; two representatives of the UN Agencies, and two representatives of the donors, in rotation. In addition, one civil society representative, one World Bank representative, one EU representative, and one African Development Bank representative are invited as observers. The LMPTF’s governance structure ensures national ownership.

The Steering Committee makes its decisions by consensus. Decisions can only be taken when a quorum is present. Both co-chairs must agree for any decision to be passed by the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee meets biannually at the minimum.

Thematic Working Groups: The Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) provide technical analysis and strategic advice to the Steering Committee; serve as coordination platforms among the Government and national stakeholders, international partners, and the UN; conduct technical review of project proposals before final approval by the Steering Committee; and support project implementation.

The Thematic Working Groups are formed based on the pillars of the PAPD and the UNDAF.  The groups consist of representatives of Government, donors, the UN and an LMPTF Secretariat representative.

During  project reviews, the implementing entities and/or executing partners may be invited to the meetings in order to receive technical recommendations regarding project and programme execution. Other relevant stakeholders may be invited to the TWG meeting as may be required. 

LMPTF Secretariat: The Secretariat is the entity responsible for the operational functioning of the Fund and provides technical and management support to the Steering Committee. It builds upon the existing Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) Secretariat which is in transition.

It advises the LMPTF Steering Committee on strategic priorities as well as on programmatic and financial management at the fund level. Furthermore, the Secretariat provides oversight and quality assurance of LMPTF supported projects; closely liaises with the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) regarding PBF projects as well as the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTFO) to roll out and administer the LMPTF; and ensures quality donor reporting.

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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 0  
Contributions from MDTFs 3,650,001  
      - Sub-total Contributions 3,650,001  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 0  
Total source of funds   3,650,001
Transferred to Participating Organizations 3,150,001  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 0  
Direct Cost 500,000  
Bank Charges 0  
Total use of funds   3,650,001
Balance with Administrative Agent   0
As a percentage of deposits   0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transferred to Participating Organizations 3,150,001
Total resources     3,150,001
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 445,604
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0
Total expenses     445,604
Balance with Participating Organizations 2,704,397
As a percentage of transfers 85.9%
Total Balance of Funds   3,204,397
As a percentage of deposits   87.8%
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Contacts

For Policy and Programme Issues

Secretariat for Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund / Peacebuilding Fund, United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office, Liberia.

 

For Fund Administrative Agent Issues

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;  

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