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Start date: 5 April 2013
End date: 31 December 2019
Qatar confirms $88 million for UN Fund for Darfur - April 2014
The United Nations Fund for Recovery Reconstruction and Development in Darfur (hereafter referred to as the Darfur Fund “UNDF”) is established to support the effective implementation of the Darfur Development Strategy (DSS) in pursuit of the overall objective of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) “to support the transition from humanitarian assistance to recovery and development.”
After a decade of conflict and displacement, the 2011 Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) strengthens the peace process and lays the groundwork for recovery and reconstruction. The Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Government of Sudan and the international community have agreed on the need to have a coordinated and comprehensive strategy for supporting peace and development in the region. In accordance with the provisions of the DDPD, the Darfur Joint Assessment Mission (DJAM) was conducted in the later part of 2012. Informed by the needs and priorities of communities, identified through comprehensive, consultative workshops in all five Darfur states and the refugee communities in Chad, the Darfur Development Strategy (DDS) evolved. The DDS offers a sequenced, coordinated and holistic plan for equitable, sustainable and participatory development, vital to move Darfur out of a cycle of conflict and poverty, towards a stable and prosperous future.
The establishment of the UNDF responds to Article 32 of the DDPD which stipulates that “since the financial resources and expertise required to undertake such an operation are beyond Sudan's capacity, the Parties request the international community to urgently and fully participate in this initiative and assist in the provision of necessary resources and expertise and partake in meeting the needs set for this purpose through the establishment of a Multi-Donor Trust Fund.”
All programmes/projects funded by the UNDF will be in support of, and strictly aligned with the priorities of the Government of Sudan and the Darfur regional Authority, as described in the DDS, ensuring full national ownership. The UNDF will complement other support that will be provided to recovery and development in Darfur by Sudan’s partners and bring strategic value in developing capacity and promoting sustainability. The UNDF will enhance coherence, transparency and accountability in the implementation of key components of the DDS.
The UNDF is established under the leadership of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Government of Sudan (GoS) and the United Nations, represented by the UN Resident Coordinator, in consultation with the UN Country Team. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through its Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) is the UNDF Administrative Agent.
The UNDF is established to support the efficient implementation of key components of the Darfur Development Strategy. Specifically, it seeks to:
To this end, the Darfur Development Strategy is supported by 3 interlinked pillars.
The Governance, Justice and Reconciliation pillar aims to contribute policy support, technical assistance and capacity enhancement to State governments to enable them to more effectively execute their mandate, especially at the local (decentralised) level, and thus oversee recovery of the region and initiate the revival, staffing, equipping and maintenance of basic services, and support to conflict-affected populations through the provision of security, community policing and access to justice, compensation and land settlement. The main objective of the Reconstruction pillar is to support the recovery and stabilisation of war-affected populations, whose economic and social life have been severely disrupted. Fundamental to any recovery programme is the return and/or resettlement of displaced people, the construction and restoration of physical infrastructure and basic service recovery, such as water supply in villages and for agricultural usage and livestock, schools, health posts and police stations, as well as linking communities and markets by constructing and improving vital road, rail and air links, promoting resource-efficient housing and restoring productive systems. The main objective of the Economic Recovery pillar is to contribute positively towards poverty alleviation and transitioning Darfur to development in an equitable and environmentally sustainable manner. This will be achieved by technical and material support to key livelihoods, the promotion of the private sector, especially the creation of employment opportunities and access to financial services, and ensuring the sustainability of productive sectors through appropriate natural resource management.
The Steering Committee
The UNDF Steering Committee provides oversight of the Fund, establishes the fund allocation criteria under the guidance of the DCB, makes the resource allocation decisions for the programmes/projects based on the technical review by the UNDF Secretariat and the progress of the DDS, as determined by the DCB, with which the Steering Committee coordinates and shares information.
Co-Chaired by the representative of the DRA and the UN Resident Coordinator, the Steering Committee will include representatives from the GoS, contributing donors, participating UN organisations, and civil society.
The Steering Committee will be responsible for:
a) Providing oversight and exercising overall accountability of the UNDF, under the overall guidance of the DCB;
b) Reviewing and approving proposals submitted for funding after being cleared by the Technical Secretariat, allocating resources, ensuring their conformity with the requirements of the UNDF TOR, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Standard Administrative Arrangement (SAA); instructing the Administrative Agent for disbursement accordingly;
c) Developing and approving the criteria by which the implementation and managerial capacities of implementing partners will be reviewed, as part of the overall funding evaluation process;
d) Reviewing UNDF status and overall progress of the Fund, both in regard of itself and its contribution to the overall DDS implementation through the DCB;
e) Assisted by the Technical Secretariat of the UNDF, overseeing the Fund-level management, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, establishing UNDF requirements and priorities concerning, inter alia; programme/project management, programme/project costing, cost recovery, implementation modalities, results-based reporting, impact assessment and information management, including appropriate UNDF, GoS, DRA, and contributing partners’ visibility;
f) Ensuring that appropriate consultative processes take place at the level of the Two-Window Darfur Facility MDTF, if established, and under the overall guidance of the DCB, as more fully described in the DSS document;
g) Reviewing and approving the periodic progress reports (programmatic and financial) consolidated by the Administrative Agent, based on the progress reports submitted by the participating UN organisations;
h) Commissioning reviews and “lessons learned” reports on the performance of the UNDF, and discussing follow-ups with participating UN organisations on recommended actions that have UNDF -wide impact;
i) Reporting progress of the Fund to the DCB on a 6-monthly basis or as required by the DCB;
j) Approving and updating the UNDF TOR and Steering Committee TOR and Rules of Procedures, as required.
The Steering Committee shall meet periodically in Khartoum and/or in Darfur. Reports, recommendations and minutes of its meetings will be shared with the UNDF stakeholders and the DCB. They will be made public through the Fund’s website at the MPTF Office GATEWAY.
The Secretariat will support the UNDF Steering Committee. Costs for such tasks will be agreed in advance and approved by the Steering Committee, and could be charged to the UNDF account as direct costs. In assisting the Steering Committee in all of its functions, the UNDF Secretariat will be responsible for:
i) Facilitating the preparation and conduct of the Steering Committee meetings, including the preparation of agenda and minutes, sharing information on behalf of the Resident Coordinator, distribution of documents, distribution of programme/project proposals submitted to the Steering Committee for funding decisions, etc.;
ii) Organising programme/project vetting process/blind review, by calling upon a participating UN organisation that has been designated an authority on a Priority Objective under which the programme/project proposal is formulated, to review the technical and operational appropriateness of the submitted proposal in light of the respective objective areas contained in DDS. The Participating Organisation would then submit a written opinion of the proposal to the Steering Committee through the Technical Secretariat for the Steering Committee’s decision-making;
iii) Review programmes/projects submissions of participating UN organisations to ensure adherence to the UNDF TOR and any subsequent criteria approved by the Steering Committee;
iv) Recording the Steering Committee decisions, approvals and allocations and submitting those to the Administrative Agent;
v) Tracking implementation progress, closure of projects and identifying challenges to be reported to the Steering Committee;
vi) Developing, in coordination with the Administrative Agent, forms and templates to be used by the participating UN organisations, to submit project proposals and provide result-based reporting to the Steering Committee;
vii) Undertaking monitoring, reporting and evaluation on Fund-level progress on periodic basis, and preparing analytical progress reports relating to agreed UNDF objectives; and
viii) Periodically reviewing the TOR and Rules of Procedure of the Steering Committee and recommending changes or revisions.
The UNDP MPTF Office will be the Administrative Agent, with responsibilities to conclude an MoU with participating UN organisations and SAAs with contributing Partners. It will receive, administer and transfer funds to participating UN organisations, upon instructions from the Steering Committee and submit yearly consolidated narrative and financial reports to the Steering Committee and all contributing Partners that have provided financial contributions to the UNDF. The MPTF Office will post the MoU, SAAs and other relevant documents on the UN website for Darfur, as well as in the Administrative Agent website - the MPTF Office GATEWAY.
Participating UN organisations may be eligible for funding by concluding a MoU with the Administrative Agent of the Fund. Non UN-entities that are members of the UN Country Team and that have a similar international character and financial rules and regulations comparable to the UN, may also become participating organisations by concluding a separate MoU with the Administrative Agent.
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations (CSOs) and national and sub-national institutions can receive funds from the UNDF through a participating UN organisation, based on a project agreement concluded between the UN organisation and those implementing partners in accordance with its regulations, rules and procedures. Use of funds, reporting obligations, liability, audit and other matters relating to the management of the funds provided, and the activities shall be addressed in such project agreements in the manner that is customary for the concerned UN organisation.
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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For Policy and Programme Issues
Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Sudan:
For Fund Administrative Agent Issues
Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;