OverviewAbout Multi-Partner Trust Funds


Supporting UN Reform

MDTFs employ major concepts, approaches and principles embodied in the Aid Effectiveness Agenda and the United Nations Reform initiative of “Delivering as One”. They constitute a flexible and efficient mechanism for mobilizing funding resources and for providing predictable funding for achieving national and global priorities such as the MDGs. As laid out in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action, MDTFs emphasize:

  • National ownership and alignment with national priorities;
  • Harmonization and coordination;
  • Effective and inclusive partnerships; and,
  • Achievement of development results, and mutual accountability.

MDTFs have a number of key advantages, including:

  • Predictable, coordinated and effective support to nationally owned development processes, utilizing within the UN, the specialized expertise and comparative advantages of various UN Organizations, as well as the competencies of the UN and the World Bank;
  • Improved resource efficiency and effectiveness, reduced transaction costs, particularly in high-risk environments;
  • Increased and untied funding for national authorities directed at nationally determined priorities; 
  • Reduced costs relating to resource mobilization, administration, communication, and coordination for national governments, donors, and UN agencies;
  • Interaction between donors and transitional authorities that may have not yet acquired full national legitimacy; and,
  • Coordinated approach to issues facing developing countries, particularly fragile states.

MDTFs facilitate the delivery of “peace dividends” to populations that have suffered from conflict and crises. This is mostly done through the expeditious implementation of recovery and reconstruction activities. There is increasing evidence that UN MDTFs, to-date all administered by the UNDP MPTF Office, have enabled UN agencies (along with their implementation partners such as Governments and NGOs) to speedily implement agreed project/programme activities using their own financial regulations and rules.  

The MPTF Office supports and promotes the “Delivering as One” mechanism that enables  the effective and expedient coordination, planning and management of development activities involving varied stakeholders—national governments, donors, UN agencies and other implementing partners including the ultimate beneficiaries, the affected populations.

UNDP (on behalf of the UN Organizations) and the World Bank are administering a broad range of MDTFs. The 2008 UN World Bank Partnership Framework agreement recognizes their complementary strengths, capacities and mandates to support national authorities and their populations. It lays down guidelines for enhancing and reinforcing the effectiveness and impact of their respective MDTF operations through mutual cooperation. 

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