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Start date: March 2014
End date: December 2024
The current crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has left more than 2.5 million people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. The conflict and violence will affect the country’s development for years to come and could seriously undermine stability in the region. To address the crisis, the UN Secretary-General has presented a Six-Point Proposal, which aims to restore security, support critical statebuliding, political and reconciliation priorities, and promote recovery. The SG’s Proposal calls on the international community for an immediate, integrated and comprehensive response.
Experience and lessons learned from support to fragile and conflict affected countries have shown that the transition from crisis to recovery is complex, non-linear, with overlapping phases that are often difficult to define. A coordinated, coherent and integrated approach that builds on humanitarian action with development finance from the very outset will support CAR find sustainable solutions to the current crisis. Such an approach also allows for humanitarian and recovery effort s to simultaneously address short, medium and long term priorities.
The United Nations has established a Multi-Partner Trust for CAR (CAR MPTF) to finance a coordinated response to stabilization and recovery efforts. The CAR MPTF:
The CAR MPTF has 3 operational modalities (Project modality, Direct Budget Support, and a Fast Track Window) to channel assistance towards:
The CAR MPTF is governed by a Steering Committee which is co-chaired by the Government and the UN Deputy Representative to the Secretary General / Resident Coordinator (DSRSG/RC) and includes representatives from United Nations, donors and civil society.
The Steering Committee will be responsible for:
a) Determining the strategic direction of the Fund;
b) Providing oversight and overall accountability of Fund;
c) Reviewing and approving proposals submitted for funding after technical clearance by the Technical Secretariat (or separate technical groups if these already exist) to authorise payment by the Administrative Agen
d) Developing and approving the criteria for review of implementation and managerial capacities of National Implementing Entities;
e) Reviewing and approving narrative reports consolidated by the Technical Secretariat based on progress reports submitted by the Participating UN Organisations and IOM and National Entities
f) Reviewing and approving financial reports consolidated by the Administrative Agent, based on financial reports submitted by the Participating UN Organisations and IOM and National Entities;
g) Ensuring financial oversight of the Fund through regular internal and external audits;
h) Approving direct costs related to operating the fund by the Technical Secretariat;
i) Commissioning reviews and “lessons learned” reports on the performance of the Fund, and discussing follow-ups with Participating UN Organisations and National Implementing Entities on recommended actions that have Fund-wide impact;
j) Approving and update the Fund’s TOR, as required; and
k) Approving fund extensions or termination.
The Steering Committee is supported by a Technical Secretariat within the DSRSG/RC’s Office. The Technical Secretariat is responsible for supporting the proper functioning of the Steering Committee, reviewing allocation submissions, monitoring progress, and reporting on results.
The CAR MPTF is administered by the UNDP MPTF Office, as Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent will conclude a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Participating UN Organisations and IOM, Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Government of CAR and Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with contributing partners. It will receive, administer and transfer funds to Participating UN Organisations, IOM, and National Implementing Entities upon instructions from the Steering Committee and submit yearly financial reports to the Steering Committee and all contributing Partners that have provided financial contributions to the CAR MPTF.
Upon its establishment, the Steering Committee will adopt an Operational Manual, prepared by the Technical Secretariat with the support from the Administrative Agent, detailing the rules and procedures of the CAR MPTF and its Steering Committee, call for proposal and approval cycle, project proposal and reporting templates, etc. The Steering Committee will also develop the format for the CAR MPTF Consolidated Narrative Report.
Donors wishing to contribute to the CAR MPTF are required to sign a Standard Administrative Arrangement (SAA) with the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office as Administrative Agent. The SAA sets out the terms and conditions governing the receipt and administration of the contribution. The Administrative Agent will compile, prepare and provide progress reports in accordance with the requirements established in the SAA.
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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