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To help the Government of Kiribati meet the significant challenges of providing basic infrastructure and services to its dispersed and vulnerable population, the UNDAF Kiribati Implementation Plan (UNDAF-KIP) 2008-2012 builds on the UN’s long-term relationship with Kiribati and UN reform efforts for strengthening harmonisation between UN organisations. The Kiribati One UN Fund Terms of Reference was revised in November 2012, to enable exisiting projects under the UNDAF-KIP 2008-2012 to complete their activities.

As a jointly designed programme of clear and mutually agreed set of priorities the UNDAF-KIP focuses on areas where the UN has a comparative advantage in providing policy advice and technical assistance aligned to Government priorities and processes to reduce transaction costs. The UN agencies currently operating in Kiribati are UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, UNESCO, UNIFEM and ILO. These agencies have been enhancing their capability to partner as one entity with the Government and development partners to implement the UNDAF-KIP and provide opportunities for joint programming. As an operational implementation framework, the Plan is delivered directly with relevant Government Ministries through national systems and allows for adjustments to challenges as they emerge over its five-year cycle through an annual work planning process. It’s Monitoring and Evaluation framework is aligned, as much as possible, to the Kiribati Development Programme (KDP) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to measure how the UN contribution will help the Government achieve its development priorities. Enhanced partnerships are important to achieve the objectives of the UNDAF-KIP. As it is consistent with current donor programs and was developed in consultation with key development partners, the Plan presents opportunities to better harmonise the way aid is delivered and managed in Kiribati. The UN contributes to ensuring adequate resources to fund the UNDAF-KIP by increasing programme resources available to the Government, but there remain clear resource gaps and requirements for additional funding to ensure that programmes deliver concrete outcomes.

The Kiribati One UN Fund aims to meet these funding gaps and presents opportunities to advance alignment, harmonisation and reduced transaction costs under the Government’s coordination and leadership. The Kiribati One UN Fund mechanism is expected to achieve: (i) adequate and predictable funding for the delivery of the UNDAF-KIP; (ii) resources to enable flexible response to emerging and unplanned needs in line with the KDP; (iii) reduced transaction costs for the Government and all partners; and (iv) improved overview and management of UN development resources. In the subsequent five-year Plan 2013-2017, increased opportunities are expected for joint initiatives with more fully integrated programming for the operations of the UN in Kiribati.

The Kiribati One UN Fund is administered by the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules, and the UNDG AA Protocol.

 

Assistance Strategy

The goal of the Kiribati One UN Fund is efficient and effective resource mobilisation, allocation and disbursement of funds to support the UNDAF Kiribati Implementation Plan (UNDAF-KIP). The Kiribati One UN Fund takes a phased approach and specifically aims to:

  • initially, provide a coherent and streamlined platform of resources for the un-funded UN activities under the current UNDAF-KIP 2008-2012;
  • provide resource flexibility in order to help the Government of Kiribati respond to emerging or unplanned needs in line with the KDP; and
  • in the subsequent five-year UNDAF Kiribati Implementation Plan 2013-2017, bring in lessons learned for increased opportunities for joint initiatives with more fully integrated programming for the operations of the UN in Kiribati.

Expected outcomes of the Kiribati One UN Fund are:

  • the provision of adequate and predictable funding for the delivery of concrete outcomes of the UNDAF-KIP that impact positively on the lives of the people of Kiribati;
  • the provision of resources to enable flexible response to emerging and unplanned needs in line with the KDP and the UNDAF-KIP;
  • reduced transaction costs for the Government of Kiribati and all partners, leading to cost savings that can be applied to programme priorities; and 
  • improved overview and management of UN development resources.

 

Governance

Joint Strategy Meetings
The Joint Strategy Meetings (JSMs) between the UN and Government of Kiribati provide opportunities for enhanced policy dialogue on development challenges and the key forum for the development of the UNDAF-KIP. Operations of the JSM mechanism have been further strengthened to provide oversight of the Implementation Plan and the Kiribati One UN Fund. Co-chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the UN Resident Coordinator, the JSMs include representatives from the standing Development Coordination Committee of Kiribati, key Ministries and line agencies, the UNCT and key donors. The JSMs meet annually in Kiribati back-to-back with the annual development partners’ round-table meeting and in alignment with the Government’s annual budget session. It will be convened at other times if there is a perceived need, in consultation between the co-chairs, to discuss specific issues, particularly quick response to emergencies or other unplanned Government priorities, and to resolve constraints and bottlenecks.

The JSM decides on the allocation of Kiribati One UN Fund resources to the UNDAF-KIP funding gaps identified in the AWP, based on recommendations and inputs from regular technical consultations between the UN and line ministries, national partners and donors, and also decides on the allocation of resources for emerging or unplanned needs of the Government of Kiribati in line with the KDP.

UN Resident Coordinator
Based on the decisions of the JSM, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) agrees on the most efficient and effective means of progressing implementation through their respective agencies. The UNCT is chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) who, with support of the RC Coordination Office, is responsible for the effective and efficient UN participation in the JSM, timely and efficient provision of JSM Secretariat services in coordination with the Kiribati Ministry of Finance and Planning; ensuring that it has a clear agenda, appropriate and timely reports, and well-defined decision-making points that are concisely reported (supported by the in-country role of the Joint Presence Office); promoting a balanced approach to the transparent and accountable allocation of resources to the KDP through the UNDAF-KIP, mobilizing resources for the Kiribati One UN Fund; and ensuring effective and open communications between the Government, Participating UN Organizations and other development partners of the approved resource allocations.

Administrative Agent
The UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) has been appointed the Administrative Agent of the Kiribati One UN Fund. Its responsibilities as Administrative Agent include providing the receipt, administration and management of contributions from Donors; disbursement of such funds to the Participating UN Organizations in accordance with JSM allocations; and provision of consolidated financial reports on the Kiribati One UN Fund Account to Donors and the Resident Coordinator based on reports of the Participating UN Organizations.

 

 

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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
Deposits 1,285,000  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) + 5,989  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) + 706  
Total source of funds   1,291,695
Transferred to Participating Organizations 1,275,000  
Refunds from Participating Organizations - 60,703  
Administrative Agent Fee + 12,850  
Direct Cost + 0  
Bank Charges + 21  
Total use of funds   - 1,227,169
Balance with Administrative Agent   64,527
As a percentage of deposits   5.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transferred to Participating Organizations 1,275,000  
Total resources   1,275,000
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 1,212,515  
Refunds from Participating Organizations + 60,703  
Total expenses   - 1,273,218
Balance with Participating Organizations   1,782
As a percentage of transfers   0.1%
Total Balance of Funds   66,309
As a percentage of deposits   5.2%
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Contacts

For Policy and Programme Issues

United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office, Level 8, Kadavu House, 414 Victoria Parade, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji; Telephone: +679 331 2500+679 331 2500 ; Fax: +679 330 1718; Website:www.un.org.fj

 

For Fund Management/Administrative Agent Issues


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

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