Established in 2003 and housed within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) facilitates UN coherence and development effectiveness in addressing multifaceted issues—such as humanitarian crises, peacebuilding, recovery and development—and engages in collaborative international efforts on pandemics, climate change and biodiversity conservation.
These complex challenges demand the combined expertise and resources of multiple development partners. The MPTF Office assists the UN system and national governments in establishing and administering pooled financing mechanisms—multi-donor trust funds and joint programmes—to collect and allocate funding from a diversity of financial contributors to a wide range of implementing entities in a coordinated manner. These funding mechanisms build on the principles of the aid effectiveness agenda, which calls for country-driven, coherent, timely, flexible and result-oriented assistance.
UN and national pooled funding mechanisms do not follow a rigid template or provide a one-size-fits-all solution; programming priorities drive the selection of funding sources and governance, implementing and fiduciary arrangements. Implementation is similarly flexible and may involve UN agency, mixed or national execution—with an emphasis on using countries’ own public financial management systems to channel funds, an objective increasingly integrated into multi-donor funds, particularly in transition contexts.
“ The MPTF Office supports development
effectiveness and UN coherence through the
efficient, accountable and transparent design
and administration of innovative pooled
financing instruments ”