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The Peacebuilding Fund - Reports
Key PBF Documents
PBF: Preventing a Relapse Into Violent Conflict
The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) is currently supporting more than two hundred projects in 27 countries by delivering fast, flexible and relevant funding. Countries on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) receive funding. Countries that are not on the PBC agenda may also receive funding, following a declaration of eligibility by the Secretary-General.
The PBF allocates money through two funding facilities, the Immediate Response Facility (IRF) and the Peacebuilding Recovery Facility (PRF). Both facilities fund initiatives that respond to one or more of the following four criteria:
The PBF is managed, on behalf of the United Nations Secretary-General, by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, supported by the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). The UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) is the PBF fund administrator.
The PBF relies upon voluntary contributions from Member States, organizations and individuals.
The PBF was established in 2006, through General Assembly Resolution A/60/180 and the Security Council Resolution S/RES/1645-2005. The PBF’s Guidelines were revised in 2009 to ensure it can respond to real needs and make a difference in the lives of people in countries emerging from conflict.
Following a request from the General Assembly and the Security Council, the Secretary-General established a Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) for post-conflict peacebuilding initiatives in October 2006. The PBF constitutes an essential component of the enhanced UN architecture to provide for a more sustained engagement in support of countries emerging from conflict and will support peacebuilding activities which directly contribute to post-conflict stabilization and strengthen the capacity of Governments, national/local institutions and transitional or other relevant authorities.
The PBF is a global fund designed to support several country situations simultaneously and therefore combines the scope of a global fund with the country-specific focus of a Multi-Partner Trust Fund. Its basic architecture is based upon a two-tier decision-making process, involving a central allocation of funding to the countries eligible for PBF support and, at the country level, a joint review by the Government and the ranking UN representative in the country to disburse funds against agreed-upon programme and project activities.
The PBF addresses immediate needs in countries emerging from conflict at a time when sufficient resources are not available from other funding mechanisms and will support interventions of direct and immediate relevance to the peacebuilding process and contribute towards addressing critical gaps in that process. It focuses on delivering services in the very early stages of a peacebuilding process, before donor conferences are organized and such funding mechanisms as country-specific Multi-Partner Trust Funds have been set up.
Additionally, there may be specific instances in which the PBF could meaningfully extend support to countries at a more advanced stage of their peacebuilding process, in particular to countries for which no Multi-Partner Trust Fund has been established and to countries with an operational Multi-Partner Trust Fund but in which critical peacebuilding interventions remain under funded or in which the need for such interventions arises unexpectedly. The use of PBF resources is meant to catalyze and encourage longer term engagements by development agencies and bilateral donors.
The General Assembly (Resolution A/60/180) and the Security Council (Resolution S/RES/1645-2005) requested the Secretary-General to establish a multi-year standing PBF for post-conflict peacebuilding. Arrangements for the establishment of the PBF were set out in the Secretary-General’s report “Arrangements for Establishing the Peacebuilding Fund” to the General Assembly Sixtieth Session. The PBF’s Terms of Reference, annexed to the Secretary General’s report, identify the governance arrangements for the PBF as follows:
The United Nations General Assembly
The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC)
The PBF Advisory Group
The Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO)
The UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office)
The PBF) is based on a two-tier decision-making process, involving a central allocation of funding to the countries eligible for PBF support and, at the country level, a joint review by the Government and the United Nations to disburse funds against agreed-upon priorities.
For detailed information on the key features, eligibility, strategic allocation of funds and approval process under each of the two PBF Facilities, see below sections on the Peacebuilding & Recovery Facility and the Immediate Response Facility.
Peacebuilding & Recovery Facility (PRF)
The PBF Peacebuilding & Recovery Facility (PRF) supports a structured peacebuilding process, driven by national actors based on a joint analysis of needs with the international community. PBSO establishes a country allocation based on an approved PBF Priority Plan and delegates project approval authority to a Joint Steering Committee co-chaired by the national government and the UN.
Applying for Assistance from the Peacebuilding & Recovery Facility (PRF)
Key features of the PRF:
The Priority Plan: (see Priority Plan Template)
The Joint Steering Committee (JSC): (See JSC Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure)
Immediate Response Facility (IRF)
The PBF Immediate Response Facility (IRF) is designed to jumpstart immediate peacebuilding and recovery needs. It is a flexible and fast funding tool for single or multiple projects. Projects submitted by the Senior UN Representative that meet the criteria receive funding within three weeks.
Applying for Assistance from the Immediate Response Facility (IRF)
Key features of the IRF:
Which countries are eligible for IRF?
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.
Funds with Administrative Agent
Funds with Participating Organizations
For Policy and Programme Issues
Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY 10017, USA; Fax: +1 917 367 9330;
For Fund Administrative Agent Issues
Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;