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The United Nations organizations, agencies and programmes working in Sierra Leone, in recognition of their joint responsibility for a fully integrated peacebuilding mission as called for by the UN Security Council, have agreed to combine their efforts and resources behind a Joint Vision in support of the Government of Sierra Leone and its people. Through the Joint Vision for Sierra Leone, the UN defines the common priorities that will guide its activities and outline a set of underlying criteria and comparative advantages which will shape its programmes and projects through a conflict-sensitive approach. The Joint Vision sets out a number of joint planning, implementation and coordination mechanisms with the aim of enhancing the impact of the United Nations’ assistance as part of the international communities’ efforts of consolidating peace and promoting sustainable development in Sierra Leone.

The Joint Vision defines the UN’s contribution to implementing the Government of Sierra Leone’s Agenda for Change (Second Poverty Reduction Strategy, PRSP II, 2008-2012), to accomplishing the mandate given to the UN by the Security Council and to supporting the goals and work of the UN Peacebuilding Commission. With the Joint Vision, the UN intends to put into practice the main principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness under the leadership of the Government. In parallel to the Agenda for Change, the Joint Vision will cover the initial period from 2009 to 2012. The total resources required for implementing the Joint Vision over the four years is estimated to be US$ 349 million, of which US$ 204 million (59%) would be required as new funding.

The Joint Vision document establishes the general framework for the UN’s cooperation with the Government of Sierra Leone. The benchmarks of the five priority areas, programme outlines and joint programme implementation and operational support mechanisms are described in the annexes to the document.

The overall aim of the Sierra Leone Multi-Donor Trust Fund (Sierra Leone MDTF) is to move towards an enhanced state of coherence and efficiency for the UN’s programmes and projects at the country level, whilst creating a joint funding window that corresponds to and supports the programmatic integration that the UN is seeking to accomplish under the Joint Vision. The SL-MDTF is consistent with the Paris Declaration on Aid Efficiency, including national ownership, alignment with national priorities, harmonization and coordination. Governed by the Sierra Leone MDTF Terms of References, it also responds to the Delivering as One Initiative and the Secretary General’s efforts to improve the integration of UN political, development and humanitarian activities in the UN system through an increasing network of integrated UN field offices.

The Sierra Leone MDTF is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in accordance with its financial regulations and rules.

 

Assistance Strategy

Through the Joint Vision, the UN family in Sierra Leone has agreed to combine its efforts behind one overall priority of furthering the consolidation of peace in the country and four programmatic priorities: the economic integration of rural areas, the economic and social integration of the youth, an equitable access to health services and an accessible and credible public service. The overall priority and four programmatic priorities were chosen in order to maximize the UN family’s contribution to the Government of Sierra Leone’s Agenda for Change (Second Poverty Reduction Strategy, PRSP II, 2008-2012) within the UN’s respective organizational mandates, specialization and expertise. Recognizing that the UN is a part of a wider international group of development partners, it selected these priorities in view of building its joint programmes on the comparative advantages that the UN family possesses in Sierra Leone.

The objectives of the Sierra Leone MDTF include:

  • Enhancing the UN’s capability to partner with the Government and development partners to support national development plans and priorities, including the PRS;
  • Supporting the Joint Vision through obtaining greater programme cohesion, harmonization and effectiveness;
  • Providing for a coherent and streamlined platform for the mobilization of additional donor resources (from resident and non-resident donors), fund allocation and reporting of the programmatic priorities of the Joint Vision;
  • Funding and implementation are undertaken with special attention to transparency and accountability as well as to prompt delivery and efficient utilization of resources.

 

Governance

The Development Partners Committee (DEPAC)
The Development Partners Committee (DEPAC) constitutes the highest governing body of the Sierra Leone MDTF, and is co-chaired by the Minister of Finance, the World Bank Representative and the UN Executive Representative of the Secretary General / Resident Coordinator. All programmes and projects, irrespective of whether they are partly or fully funded by the Sierra Leone MDTF, are approved by the DEPAC. They fall under the same monitoring, evaluation and reporting arrangements as those governed by the Joint Vision (see Annex III of the Joint Vision).

United Nations Country Team
Based on the information provided by the Administrative Agent (UNDP’s MDTF Office) and the UN-SPU, the UN Country Team regularly reviews the status of the Sierra Leone MDTF and its contribution towards the implementation of the Joint Vision. In particular, the UNCT ensures that a balanced approach is taken in raising and allocating funding to the various programmes and projects under the Joint Vision. For non-earmarked contributions, the UNCT makes proposals to the DEPAC for their allocation to programmes and projects.

Executive Representative of the Secretary General/Resident Coordinator
The overall oversight of the Sierra Leone MDTF is led and coordinated by the Executive Representative of the Secretary General (ERSG)/Resident Coordinator (RC), in consensus with the Minister of Finance and the Representative of the World Bank, in their capacities as co-chairs of the DEPAC. In line with the overall objective of Sierra Leone MDTF, the ERSG/RC will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the Sierra Leone MDTF on the basis of the Joint Vision. The ERSG/RC will also advocate and mobilize resources for the Sierra Leone MDTF in collaboration with Participating UN Organizations and lead a consultative process on allocations from the Sierra Leone MDTF.

The Administrative Agent
The UNDP MPTF Office has been appointed the Administrative Agent of the Sierra Leone MDTF. Its responsibilities include the receipt, administration and management of contributions from Donors; disbursement of such funds to the Participating UN Organizations in accordance with the approved programmatic documents; and provision of consolidated narrative and financial reports, in accordance with the MOU, on the Sierra Leone MDTF to donors, based on reports of the Participating UN Organizations.

 

Decision-Making Process

The Sierra Leone MDTF has an internal management and external decision-making arrangements.

Internal oversight: Based on the information provided by the Administrative Agent (UNDP’s MDTF Office) and the UN-SPU, the UN Country Team will regularly review the status of the Sierra Leone MDTF and its contribution towards the implementation of the Joint Vision. In particular, the UNCT will ensure that a balanced approach is taken in raising and allocating funding to the various programmes and projects under the Joint Vision. For non-earmarked contributions, the UNCT will make proposals to the DEPAC for their allocation to programmes and projects.

DEPAC: All other programmes and projects irrespective of whether they are partly or fully funded by the Sierra Leone MDTF shall be approved by the DEPAC. They fall under the same monitoring, evaluation and reporting arrangements as those governed by the Joint Vision (see Annex III of the Joint Vision). 

 

21 Joint Visions Programmes

The Joint Vision of the United Nations for Sierra Leone consists of 21 Programmes:

  • 1. Democratic Elections and Political Dialogue
  • 2. Access to Justice and Human Rights
  • 3. Finance for Development
  • 4. National Agricultural Response Programme
  • 5. Rural Industrial Growth and Renewable Energy
  • 6. HIV/AIDS and Malaria Programme
  • 7. Reproductive and Child Health and Nutrition Programme
  • 8. School Feeding Programme
  • 9. Child Protection
  • 10. Reparation to War Victims
  • 11. Public Sector Reform
  • 12. Data Collection, Assessments and Planning
  • 13. Mitigating External Threats to Security
  • 14. Security Sector Reforms
  • 15. Support to Democratic Institutions
  • 16. Local Governance and Decentralisation
  • 17. Promoting Gender Equality and Women's Rights
  • 18. Rural Community Empowerment
  • 19. Youth Development and Employment
  • 20. National Health Systems
  • 21. Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding
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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.
Total as of
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 30,824,827  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) + 76,240  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) + 48,584  
Refunds by Administrative Agent to Contributors - 122,810  
Total source of funds   30,826,841
Transferred to Participating Organizations 31,086,329  
Refunds from Participating Organizations - 1,203,344  
Administrative Agent Fee + 308,248  
Direct Cost + 0  
Bank Charges + 568  
Total use of funds   - 30,191,802
Balance with Administrative Agent   635,039
As a percentage of deposits   2.1%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 31,086,329  
Total resources   31,086,329
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 29,626,981  
Refunds from Participating Organizations + 1,203,344  
Total expenses   - 30,830,325
Balance with Participating Organizations   256,004
As a percentage of transfers   0.8%
Total Balance of Funds   891,043
As a percentage of deposits   2.9%
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Contacts

For Policy and Programme Issues

Office of the Executive Representative of the Secretary General and Resident Coordinator, United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), Freetown, Sierra Leone

  • Mr Philip Dive, Strategic Planner, Office of the ERSG/RC; Email: dive@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;  

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