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As Afghanistan humanitarian needs mount, it is imperative to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and the socio-economic collapse of the country, which would result in increased instability, severe security threats and migratory flows in Afghanistan, the region and beyond. To enable people and communities to withstand these shocks, immediate support for basic services, livelihoods and community resilience is paramount, undertaken side by side with the humanitarian response and ongoing peace efforts, taking into account the needs of the displaced, refugees, poor and vulnerable women, and youth, to help people and communities pursue livelihoods, have access to basic services and be more resilient. This approach of essential support to basic services, livelihoods and community resilience has been dubbed 'basic human needs'.

To support programming in the areas of socio-economic support and recovery for community resilience and protecting critical livelihoods while strengthening links to peace and humanitarian action i.e., basic human needs, the UN has established a Special Trust Fund for Afghanistan. The Fund will serve as an inter-agency mechanism to enable donors to channel their resources and coordinate their support for the ABADEI strategy. The Fund will be substantively led by UNDP, and the ABADEI (Area-based Approach for Development Emergency Initiatives) Strategy will be implemented in collaboration with other UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes.


Strategic Approach

The ABADEI strategy represents one of the first large-scale attempts to operationalize a basic human needs approach within the complex and fast evolving context of Afghanistan. Conceptually, it provides an articulation of investments in basic services, livelihoods and community resilience that complement humanitarian efforts by helping households, communities, and the private sector cope with the adverse effects of the crisis. The ABADEI strategy aims to promote more effective and joined-up responses by strengthening the collaboration coherence and complementarity of interventions with those covered through the Humanitarian Action Plan. 

All eight administrative regions of the country will benefit from interventions of the Fund, to deliver support in the four thematic areas. Targeting of interventions within the regions will be guided by the following criteria: community needs (poverty, vulnerability), level of basic services, exposure to economic and / or climatic shocks, and accessibility.


Thematic Priorities

The Fund’s strategic priorities will focus on the following thematic areas: 

  • Window 1: Provision of Essential Services
  • Window 2: Community Livelihoods and Local Economic Activities
  • Window 3: Protection of Farm-based Livelihoods from Natural Disasters
  • Window 4: Community Resilience and Social Cohesion


Governance Structure

The Special Trust Fund for Afghanistan will have a two-tier decision-making and coordination structures through the Advisory Board and Steering Committee.

Advisory Board (AB) will be chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator, and include the UNDP Resident Representative, one donor (on behalf of donors, rotating periodically) and one UN Organization (on behalf of UNCT and HCT, nominated by the Steering Committee and rotating periodically). The Board will provide overall guidance and advice to the Steering Committee on strategic and policy issues, in addition to the overall efficiency and responsiveness of the Fund and its activities. The Board also serves as a consultative forum to share information on funding coverage to strengthen donor coordination and to avoid duplication of funding.

Steering Committee (SC) will be chaired by the UNDP Resident Representative, and will include at least two representatives of Participating UN Organizations and representatives of contributing donors, the Fund Secretariat (ex-officio member) and the Administrative Agent (ex-officio member). The Head of the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund Secretariat will be invited as an observer. The SC will provide oversight and exercise overall accountability, approve funding priorities, instruct Administrative Agent to disburse the resources, review and approve periodic progress reports, review and approve the TOR of the Fund and its amendments.  

At the technical level, the programming will be coordinated by the Technical Coordination Working Group (TCWG). The TCWG will be coordinated by the Trust Fund Management Unit (TFMU). Decision-making will rest with the Steering Committee and implementation of decisions will be supported through the secretariat functions of the TFMU. 

Trust Fund Management Unit (TFMU) will serve as the Secretariat of the Fund.  It will provide technical and management support to the SC. It will execute and coordinate all management functions of the Fund, plan and prepare meetings of the SC, facilitate the work of the technical coordination working group, review and analyze programme proposals together with the TCWG, submit Fund Transfer Requests, facilitate collaboration and communication between PUNOs, bring together technical expertise from the Participating UN Organizations to review the coherence of the eight ABADEI Programmes, ensure monitoring and control of operational risks, lead annual and final reporting, manage and support communications, public information, and visibility.

Technical Coordination Working Group (TCWG) will be composed of representatives of UN agencies and donors. It will prepare and regularly review / update recommendations for the Fund ‘Allocation Strategy’, including geographic and thematic prioritization criteria, for the consideration of, and final decision by, the SC. It will coordinate the technical review of ABADEI thematic components for each region. The TCWG will, through the Fund Secretariat, make recommendations to the SC to finance the highest priority components of each of the joint programmes. It will also provide technical guidance and high-level oversight to ongoing projects and make recommendations to ensure synergies and efficiencies are capitalized across thematic areas and/or regions as much as possible. 

Participating UN Organizations. Programme implementation is the responsibility of Participating UN Organizations. Each PUNO will assume full programmatic and financial accountability for the funds disbursed to it by the Administrative Agent. The designated lead agency for each Joint Programme will be responsible for coordination of interventions at regional level between PUNOs. Allocated funds will be administered by each PUNO in accordance with its own regulations, rules, directives and procedures.

Administrative Agent. Participating UN Organizations receive funds through the Administrative Agent, the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office. The Administrative Agent is responsible for the receipt, administration and management of contributions from donors, disbursement of funds to Recipient Organizations, and consolidation and dissemination of progress reports to donors.  



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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.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 101,685,244  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 10,493  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   101,695,736
Transferred to Participating Organizations 67,123,390  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 956,038  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 41  
Total use of funds   68,079,469
Balance with Administrative Agent   33,616,268
As a percentage of deposits   33.1%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 67,123,390  
Total resources   67,123,390
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 67,740  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     67,740
Balance with Participating Organizations   67,055,650
As a percentage of transfers   99.9%
Total Balance of Funds   100,671,917
As a percentage of deposits   99.0%
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