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The Central Fund for Influenza Action (CFIA) is a multi-partner trust fund (MPTF) that enables donors to pool their resources and provide funding for urgent unfunded and under-funded priority actions that address the risk of a human influenza epidemic. It complements other funding mechanisms that may be used by a Government and United Nations (UN) organizations.
In the face of the growing risk of a human influenza epidemic, an effective, coordinated contribution by the UN system could help to reduce risk and increase the preparedness of all countries. The UN System Consolidated Action Plan for Avian and Human Influenza (UNCAPAHI) was developed by the UN system as a basis for resource mobilization and the strategic allocation of resources. It identifies seven strategic objectives that cover the entire scope of AHI action and provides a template for a coordinated UN system response to AHI.
The CFIA has been designed as a central financing mechanism that enhances inter-agency coordination; respects the key UN agency responsibilities; promotes a coherent, effective and predictable overall UN system response; and simplifies, through one pooled account, the capacity to support the range of UN agencies engaged in specific responses. It will complement other channels for the transfer of donor resources to the UNCAPAHI.
Coordination among all actors involved, and within the UN system in particular, is a fundamental pre-condition for meeting these objectives and managing the complexity of the challenges at stake. Such coordination is provided by the UN System Senior Coordinator for Avian & Human Influenza.
The CFIA is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of UNDP in accordance with UNDP's financial regulations and rules.
Donors requested the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), through the UN System Influenza Coordinator, to assist in establishing a mechanism to finance priority projects to be executed by Participating UN Organizations and Non-UN Participating Organizations in cooperation with other national implementing organizations.
The CFIA offers donors the opportunity to provide gap-filling, catalytic support within the strategic framework of the UN System Consolidated Action Plan for Avian and Human Influenza (UNCAPAHI) until other sources of funding can be mobilized. Under CFIA, donors may earmark their contributions by objective/country and/or UN agency.
CFIA is available to assist countries with restricted implementation capacity; unforeseen needs for urgent action; and joint programming where it can provide either start-up or supplementary resources to activities implemented by UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and national authorities for local, regional and/or global initiatives in order to maximize the impact and efficiency of the required response.
All projects funded through the CFIA must contribute to meeting the objectives in the UNCAPAHI and need to be developed in close collaboration with national authorities and the Agency that is leading the activities pertaining to the UNCAPAHI objectives. Proposals for funding should be shared with the relevant local stakeholders including donors, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and the Regional Office to facilitate coordination.
As a pooled funding mechanism, the CFIA enables Participating UN and Non-UN Participating Organizations to access funding rapidly and to support key emerging areas requiring funding within the context of the UNCAPAHI and its objectives. It also facilitates focused joint planning and implementation, and provides for fast track approval of urgent project proposals.
Unless otherwise agreed by the donors and the participating organizations, the CFIA will terminate as of 31 December 2012, or on the date in which the contributed funds are fully disbursed.
Management Committee (MC)
Proposal Review & Approval Process
* Fast-Track Approval
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 Participating Organizations
For Policy and Programme Issues
UN System Influenza Coordination Office (UNSIC), 2 United Nations Plaza, DC2-2613, New York, NY 10017, USA; Telephone: +1 212 906 6083
For Fund Management/Administrative Agent Issues
Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;