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UNDG ITF - Reports
Lessons Learned Exercise
An independent Lessons Learned Exercise of the UNDG ITF was carried out in 2010/11. The Lessons Learned Exercise, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, examined the development and operational effectiveness of the UNDG ITF and results towards recovery, reconstruction and development efforts in Iraq since 2003.
IRFFI Donor Committee Meeting - 18 January 2012
UNDG ITF - Newsletter
The United Nations Development Group Iraq Trust Fund (UNDG ITF) was established in 2004 as one of two trust funds of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI). The IRFFI was designed in close consultation with the Iraqi authorizes and donors by the World Bank and the United Nations in response to international requests to create a mechanism to enable donors to channel their resources and coordinate their support for reconstruction and development activities in Iraq. A total of 25 donors have signed a Letter of Agreement with the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), as Administrative Agent of the UNDG ITF.
The UNDG ITF is the first MPTF to be administered by the United Nations in joint partnership with the World Bank, and to provide donors with a single channel for funding thereby reducing donors’ transaction costs. It was also the first time that the UNDG organizations adopted common planning, funding, coordinated implementation and reporting arrangements through a thematic ‘cluster’ framework.
The UNDG ITF is administered by the UNDP MPTF Office as Administrative Agent on behalf of the Participating UN Organizations. This arrangement has been formalized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Participating UN Organization and the UNDP MPTF Office, as the Administrative Agent. A total of 22 Participating UN Organization’s have signed the MOU with the Administrative Agent, which sets out the duties and responsibilities of each Participating UN Organization, which assumes full programmatic and financial accountability for the funds disbursed to it.
The IRFFI structure is designed to ensure that activities financed by the WB ITF and the UNDG ITF are aligned with the Government of Iraq’s priorities as outlined in the IRFFI Terms of Reference (TOR). The strategic documents that provide the scope and parameters for identifying and formulating projects include the Iraq National Development Plan 2011-2014 (NDP), International Compact with Iraq (ICI), Iraq Millennium Development Goals (IMDGs), and UN Security Council Resolutions 1546 and 1770 (2007) and UN Assistance Strategy for Iraq.
The MPTF Office also maintains an updated UNDG ITF contract award table that provides information regarding the vendor and country that received the award, amount, type of good or service provided, and date of the award. The information is provided on a voluntary basis by the Participating UN Organizations to ensure transparency.
IRFFI reconstruction and development activities were initially based on the priority areas emerging from the 2003 UNDG/World Bank Needs Assessment that covered 14 priority sectors and cross-cutting themes. Subsequently, UNDG ITF projects were developed to support priorities outlined in the Government of Iraq’s (GoI) National Development Strategy (2004, 2005, and 2007) and the International Compact with Iraq (ICI) (2007). The objective of the National Development Strategy (NDS) is to serve as the overarching framework for government reconstruction and development activities. The ICI serves as a mechanism for Iraq to meet clear security, political, and economic reform benchmarks, with the support of the international community, while defining how the international community will support reforms.
The role of the United Nations (UN) in Iraq is derived from Security Council Resolutions (SCR) 1546 (2004) and SCR 1770 (2007) and operates under the supervision of the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG). The UNDG ITF helps finance the implementation of the activities entrusted to the UN system by the Government of Iraq, with particular emphasis on areas where the UN has comparative advantage.
With an expanded mandate under SCR 1770, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) for Iraq is providing humanitarian, reconstruction and development assistance. The UN Iraq Assistance Strategy for 2008-10will guide the UN’s future activities. It was developed in consultation with the GoI, the donor community and NGOs to ensure that it supports national priorities namely the ICI and NDS as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UNCT Sectoral Assistance StrategyTo coordinate the UNCT’s work, the “cluster” coordination structure was initially established along 11 thematic lines composed of Participating UN Organizations with a specific mandate and expertise in the particular thematic area. In 2005, the original cluster coordination structure was streamlined into 7 clusters and subsequently in 2007, the coordination structure was redesigned into 8 new Sector Outcome Teams (SOT).
Four key outcomes form the basis of the new coordination structure:
To increase the level of interaction with the GoI and ensure alignment with national priorities, the sectors are represented in Baghdad by a Policy Group staffed by senior agency specialists in the areas of essential services, protection, governance and economic development. The Policy Group is in regular and direct contact with the relevant GoI counterparts.
International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI)
The IRFFI enables donors to fund activities administered by UNDG ITF on behalf of the Participating UN Organisations and/or activities administered by the World Bank ITF (WB ITF) under a joint coordination and monitoring mechanism that operates in accordance with the IRFFI Terms of Reference.
The Donor Committee is comprised of donors who have made a minimum contribution of US $10 million to either or both the WB ITF or UNDG ITF. In addition, two seats on the Donor Committee are given to representatives of other donors contributing less than US $10 million. The Word Bank, UNDG, IMF and MoPDC hold observer status. The Chairmanship is drawn from members of the Donor Committee. Its responsibilities include ensuring coherence and collaboration between the IRFFI, and the Iraqi National Development Strategy (NDS) and International Compact with Iraq (ICI). It oversees monitoring and evaluation, and reviews progress of the IRFFI activities. Solicitation of new contributions and donors are also within its mandate.
UNDG ITF Steering Committee
The Steering Committee is established to oversee and coordinate the operations of the UNDG ITF in accordance with the UNDG ITF Steering Committee Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure, which are designed to guide and facilitate the work of the Committee. The Steering Committee provides overall strategic guidance and oversight as well as makes decisions on fund allocation.
The UNDG ITF Steering Committee operates under the supervision of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and is chaired by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG). The Committee is composed of the Heads of each Participating UN Organizations and, as of September 2008, two members of the donor committee. The European Commission and the Government of Canada will be members of the Steering Committee for a one year period from September 2008 to September 2009.
The Steering Committee operates by consensus and meets bi-monthly or anytime it should be required, upon initiation from the Chair. The Committee instituted a ‘fast-track process’ for members to respond and decide on project proposals electronically so as to expedite urgent time-bound projects particularly election related projects. The Committee is supported by a Steering Committee Support Office (SCSO) that facilitates the work of and assists the Steering Committee in its various obligations. The SCSO reports to the Chair.
Sector Outcome Team (SOT)
The SOTs are designed to increase strategic planning, programming and coordination with the GoI to achieve improved and equitable access to essential social services, strengthened civilian protection, accelerated and inclusive economic development, and strengthened governance. The SOT serves as a coordinating mechanism for technical review, planning, prioritization and approving projects working closely with the relevant counterpart ministries. Membership includes Participating UN Organizations and NGOs active in the various sectors.
The ISRB provides overall policy and strategic guidance for donor assistance and it is the final approving authority for all programming in Iraq including IRRFI/UNDG ITF funded projects. Chaired by the Ministry of Planning and Development Cooperation (MoPDC), the ISRB reviews all IRFFI projects before they are submitted to the UNDG ITF Steering Committee for final approval.
The MoPDC chairs the ISRB and is the GoI’s primary interlocutor with the Facility. It ensures that resources are applied toward Iraq’s prioritized needs and equitably distributed. The MoPDC works closely with the Ministry of Finance to ensure conformity with the overall budgetary framework, and maintains an overview of the project development and implementation processes of the two Trust Funds.
* 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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For Policy and Programme Issues
United Nations Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Amman, Jordan; Telephone: +962 6 550 4700; Fax: +962 6 550 4705; Website:http://iq.one.un.org
For Fund Administrative Agent Issues
Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;