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The UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Somalia (Somalia MPTF) was established in 2014 following the Somali Compact agreed to at the Somalia New Deal Conference held in Brussels in 2013. The Somalia MPTF, alongside the World Bank’s Multi-Partner Fund and the African Development Bank’s Somalia Infrastructure Fund, is governed by the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF) and its agreed aid coordination architecture.

 

From 2013-2017, the Somali Compact (Compact) served as the framework for the provision of international support, based on the global model of a New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. The Compact’s aim was to galvanize the partnership between Somalia and its international partners by focusing efforts on a Somali-led process of peacebuilding and state-building, creating the basis for long term stability and sustainable economic and social development.

 

The London Conference on Somalia, held on 11 May 2017, demonstrated renewed hope and determination, among both Somalis and the International Community, to address Somalia’s outstanding challenges and accelerate progress towards long-term recovery and stability. Key outcomes of the Conference included the adoption of the New Partnership for Somalia (NPS) in support of Somalia’s first National Development Plan (NDP) in 30 years, as well as the Comprehensive Approach to Security (CAS). The underlying principles and priorities of Somalia’s partnership with the international community were reaffirmed in subsequent high-level conferences in Brussels (2018) and Mogadishu (2019 and 2020). The working arrangements of the aid architecture undergo periodic review as requested by the SDRF Steering Committee to ensure alignment with agreed priorities.

 

The Somalia MPTF has grown to become one of the largest country-level pooled funds globally. It plays an integral role in facilitating the UN’s integrated support to Somalia’s development and peacebuilding priorities as encapsulated in the NDP.

 

Assistance Strategy

In addition to its function as an aid coordination architecture, the SDRF serves as a financing architecture for implementing nationally owned priorities, as currently defined in the NDP (2020-2024), and in line with the partnership principles of the NPS. The SDRF brings together three multi-partner trust funds under common governance arrangements with the key objectives to:

 

  • Align resources behind the critical priorities set out and agreed under the NDP;
  • Develop sustainable institutional capacity by placing Somali institutions in the lead;
  • Facilitate a transition towards increased use of country systems;
  • Increase transparency and accountability of the delivery of aid in Somalia;
  • Reduce transaction costs through pooling of funds;
  • Mitigate risks through innovative, collective approaches to risk management;
  • Improve coordination and avoid parallel and duplicative efforts.

 

The three funds are administered by the UN, the World Bank and the African Development Bank based on their respective comparative advantages. The thematic focus of the UN’s Somalia MPTF is to provide flexible funding across the five thematic pillars of the NDP: 1) Inclusive Politics; 2) Security and Rule of Law; 3) Economic Development; and 4) Social Development. In addition to the four thematic pillars of the NDP, the Somalia MPTF prioritises cross-cutting imperatives such as gender, human rights, youth empowerment in line with Agenda 2030 and principles of “leaving no one behind”. Finally, the SomaliA MPTF supports enabling and coordination functions that facilitates the work of national and international partners.

 

All UN programming in Somalia supported by the Somalia MPTF is fully aligned with the strategic priorities of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Somalia 2021-2025 (UNCF). The Somalia MPTF applies the same theory of change as the UNCF from a programmatic perspective, with an added operational focus on national ownership, strengthened coordination with partners, and greater use of country systems. By using the SDRF aid architecture as its governance structure, the Somalia MPTF is guided by government-led decision-making processes, in consultation with key stakeholders.

 

Governance

The governance structure of the Somalia MPTF is fully integrated within the SDRF framework, which is comprised of the SDRF Steering Committee and thematic working groups (WGs) aligned with the NDP pillars and the CAS strands. The secretariat functions of the SDRF are performed by the Integrated Coordination Team (ICT) in the Office of the Prime Minister. The Somali Partnership Forum (SPF) serves as the apex of the aid coordination architecture and provides a forum for top level coordination and policy dialogue. The AfDB, UN, and WB manage their respective funding windows in accordance with window contribution agreements and their institutional mandates, policies, and procedures.

 

The AfDB, UN, and WB have agreed on common operating procedures, which are detailed in a joint Operations Manual for SDRF Funding Windows, originally endorsed by the SDRF Steering Committee in August 2015 and periodically updated since. In addition to the Operations Manual for SDRF Funding Windows, a specific Guidance Manual for the Somalia National Funding Stream remains in place since 2016 and updated in 2018 reflecting information related to the approved Public Procurement, Concessions and Disposal Act for the FGS. Any changes to the Operations Manual or the aid architecture must be agreed with the Fund Administrators and endorsed by the SDRF Steering Committee. The UN, WB and AfDB have also developed and agreed on implementation of a Joint Risk Management Strategy for SDRF Funds operational since 2015 and revised in February 2018.

 

The Somalia MPTF is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), as Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent will conclude a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Participating UN Organisations, Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Federal Government of Somalia, and Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with contributing partners. It will receive, administer, and transfer funds to Participating UN Organisations and National Implementing Entities upon instructions from the Steering Committee. The Administrative Agent will submit yearly consolidated narrative and financial reports, in accordance with established standards to the SDRF Steering Committee and all contributing partners to the Somalia MPTF.

 

A country-level secretariat for the Somalia MPTF is housed by the Integrated Office of the Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.

 

Eligibility

Participating UN Organisations are eligible to receive funding from the Somalia MPTF by concluding a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Administrative Agent. Financing may be provided to national and sub-national institutions and international NGOs through one of the UN Agencies. Use of funds, reporting obligations, liability, audit and other matters relating to the management of the funds provided, and the activities shall be addressed in such project agreements in the manner that is customary for the concerned UN organisation. Participating UN organisations shall assume full programmatic and financial accountability for the funds disbursed to them by the Administrative Agent. Such funds shall be administered by each participating organisation in accordance with its own regulations, rules, directives and procedures.

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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 445,336,942  
Contributions from MDTFs 8,572,120  
      - Sub-total Contributions 453,909,062  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 1,792,418  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 224,773  
Refunds by Administrative Agent to Contributors -189,393  
Total source of funds   455,736,860
Transferred to Participating Organizations 438,278,813  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -5,073,849  
Administrative Agent Fee 3,662,536  
Direct Cost 1,585,621  
Bank Charges 4,045  
Other 790,834  
Total use of funds   439,247,999
Balance with Administrative Agent   16,488,861
As a percentage of deposits   3.6%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transferred to Participating Organizations 429,489,201
Total resources     429,489,201
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 339,483,231
Refunds from Participating Organizations -4,903,487
Total expenses     334,579,744
Balance with Participating Organizations 94,909,458
As a percentage of transfers 22.1%
Funds with National Organizations
Transferred to National Organizations 8,789,612
Total resources     8,789,612
National Organizations' Expenditure 5,119,666
Refunds from National Organizations -170,362
Total expenses     4,949,304
Balance with National Organizations 3,840,307
As a percentage of transfers 43.7%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transferred to Participating Organizations 0
Total resources     0
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 0
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0
Total expenses     0
Balance with Participating Organizations 0
As a percentage of transfers 0%
Total Balance of Funds   106,676,549
As a percentage of deposits   23.5%
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Contacts

For Policy and Programme Issues

Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, Somalia:

  • Mr Adam Abdelmoula, Deputy Special Representative, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator,Somalia, Email: abdelmoula@un.org 
  • Ms Joanna Nickolls, Head of the Resident Coordinator's Office a.i., Email: nickolls@un.org
  • Mr. Peter Nordstorm, Senior Trust Fund Manager, Email:nordstromp@un.org, M +252 619 161 436, M +254 716 883 621

 

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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