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In early 2013, the regional states of the Great Lakes, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda, with support from the African Union, the South African Development Community, the United Nations (UN) and the international community, signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF). The international community considered this a window of opportunity for the consolidation of peace in eastern DRC. The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) was also requested to support the Government of the DRC (GoDRC) in developing a comprehensive Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration programme; giving a new impetus to Security Sector Reform; and supporting the National Reconstruction and Stabilization Plan (STAREC) through the revised International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS).

The Stabilization Coherence Fund is being established to support the implementation of the ISSSS and the Provincial Stabilization Strategies and Action Plans for North-Kivu, South-Kivu and Province Orientale. The Fund has been identified by the GoDRC and members of the international community as a key requirement to promote a more coherent, efficient and effective approach to stabilization in eastern DRC.


After the first phase of the ISSSS (2009-2012) its impact on stabilization in eastern DRC was questioned and the ISSSS partners realized the need to review the strategy. The revision was undertaken to obtain a clear picture of the main opportunities and threats of the environment where the activities are implemented, to analyze good practices and weaknesses of the first phase and to identify clearer and more realistic programme objectives.

The revised ISSSS has identified a new approach to stabilization and diagnosed the main root causes of the conflict in the eastern DRC (patrimonialism, fragmented identities, an ingrained frame of reference, socio-democratic pressure, poverty and access to land) as well as the drivers of conflict (security dilemmas, mobilization around land and identity, exploitation of natural resources and regional dynamics).

The ISSSS activities will rest on five thematic pillars: Democratic dialogue, security, restoration of state authority and resturn, reintegration and socio-economic recovery.

The Stabilization Coherence Fund, governance structure and operational arrangements have the following explicit objectives:
(a) To facilitate the piloting of an area-based programming approach;
(b) To provide predictable and flexible funding;
(c) To provide funds in a manner that facilitates ownership of the stabilization approach by the GoDRC;
(d) To leverage additional (aligned) funding and resources (either through the fund or through other channels) for the implementation of the ISSSS.



The governance arrangements for the Fund are intended to enable rapid approval and disbursement of funds to Participating Organizations (PO), establish a harmonized reporting and monitoring system and reinforce ownership by the Government of the DRC. UN agencies, funds and programmes are eligeble to recieve funding. Participating non-UN organizations (INGOs) are eligible to recieve funds through a Managing Agent.

The Fund will be governed by an overarching National Funding Board (NFB) with representatives from e.g. the GoDRC, UN and fund contributors. The National Funding Board will be supported by up to six Provincial Funding Boards that take programme-level decisions based on criteria and funding envelopes determined by the NFB. The Secretariat provides technical support to the Funding Boards.

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office is acting as the Administrative Agent providing contributors and participating organizations with fund administration and other support services.


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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 61,851,546  
Contributions from MDTFs 1,500,000  
      - Sub-total Contributions 63,351,546  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 1,238,125  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 1,512  
Total source of funds   64,591,182
Transferred to Participating Organizations 42,860,928  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -376,620  
Administrative Agent Fee 618,515  
Direct Cost 4,687,236  
Bank Charges 3,496  
Total use of funds   47,793,555
Balance with Administrative Agent   16,797,627
As a percentage of deposits   26.5%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 47,548,163  
Total resources   47,548,163
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 34,092,572  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -376,620  
Total expenses     34,469,192
Balance with Participating Organizations   13,078,971
As a percentage of transfers   27.5%
Total Balance of Funds   29,876,598
As a percentage of deposits   47.2%
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