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2021 Interim Report of the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (see the accessible format here)
2020 Annual Report of the COVID19 MPTF (see the accessible format here)
System-Wide Evaluation of the UNDS Response to COVID-19: Inception Report

COVID19 MPTF Early Lessons and Evaluability Report – 22 April 2021

DSG's letter to Member States (23 November 2020)

Solutions Catalogue Version 2.0 - updated on 28 May 2021

Solutions Catalogue Overview

The 2020 Interim Report of the COVID19 Response and Recovery Fund



How to Contribute 

NEW! For individual contributions to the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, please DONATE ONLINE  - CLICK HERE. Through this rapid and flexible response mechanism your contribution will make a meaningful difference! Your donation is administered by the UN Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization registered in the United States (EIN/tax ID number: 58-2368165). Your donations are fully tax-deductible in the United States to the extent allowable by law.

 Fund Dates

Start date: April 2020

End date:  30 June 2022


Key Documents

Latest information:

Programme investments – 1st call for proposals

Fund fact sheet

Programme investments - 2nd call for proposals



Fund allocation guidelines

Country Earmarking Procedures


Legal documents:








UN Socio-Economic Framework Report on COVID-19

WHO’s COVID19 Partners Platform

Branding and Communications Guidelines - COVID-19 MPTF

Annual Report

The 2020 Interim Report of the COVID19 Response and Recovery Fund

2020 Consolidated Financial Report_COVID-19 MPTF

2020 Certified Financial Statement_SUoF

UN SocioEconomic Framework Report on COVID-19

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UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

The United Nations (UN) COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund (COVID-19 MPTF) is a UN inter-agency finance mechanism launched by the UN Secretary-General to support low- and middle- income programme countries in overcoming the health and development crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund’s assistance targets those most vulnerable to economic hardship and social disruption.

Built on the lessons learned from the Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund, the UN COVID-19 MPTF helps finance the three objectives of the UN Secretary-General’s Call for Solidarity, a plea for global action to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and the suffering it has caused. The Call’s objectives are to

                 1.            Tackle the health emergency;

                 2.            Focus on the social impact, and the economic response and recovery; and

                 3.            Help countries recover better.


Strategic Approach

The Fund leverages the critical expertise and delivery capacities of UN Agencies, harnesses the resources of the public and private sectors, and offers whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches to help close gaps in country preparedness and response plans and safeguard progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Fund will help define programmatic responses that reach the poorest and most vulnerable, and that elevate preparedness for future health emergencies. Further, programming will support gendered approaches  that respond to the heavy burden the pandemic has placed on women, such as heightened exposure to domestic violence, loss of livelihoods, and rising rates of unpaid labor.


Thematic Priorities

Programming is expected to roll out across three windows:

  • Window 1: Enable governments and community stakeholders to tackle the COVID-19 crisis by supporting the implementation of National Health Plans for Combating COVID-19 and closing critical gaps with regard to supplies, logistics and preparedness; and by providing critical services interrupted by COVID-19.
  • Window 2: Reduce social impact and promote economic response by funding social and economic protection mechanisms that, inter alia, scale-up cash transfers, broaden social safety nets, and meet the educational and food security needs of children; and through digital innovations that boost employment and strengthen social service delivery and healthcare provision.
  • Window 3: Recover better, together by strengthening national preparedness measures, safeguarding SDG programmes from pandemic-related setbacks, and ensure are helping advance the SDGs and climate commitments.

The UN COVID-19 MPTF is designed to offer fast and flexible finance well suited to meeting the shifting demands of this rapidly developing and multidimensional global crisis. It is a transparent, accountable, and cost-effective mechanism for which results are monitored in real-time, on the Gateway. This innovative and coordinated funding mechanism operates at the nexus of humanitarian, development and recovery action, strengthening the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Governance Structure

  • Secretary-General’s Designate. The Designate, operating under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, provides oversight and strategic direction for the Fund, mobilizes resources, provides a partnership platform for political dialogue, and oversees coordination, advocacy, and overall progress against expected results.
  • Advisory Committee. The Committee supports the Secretary-General’s Designate in establishing the Fund’s priorities and addressing strategic issues. It includes UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes that cover key sustainable development areas related to the COVID-19 response (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP UNCTAD, and ILO ), five representatives of contributing partners, representatives of selected affected countries, and five ex-officio members representing WHO, OCHA, UN Development Coordination Office (DCO), UNWOMEN and the MPTF Office. 
  • Secretariat. The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund, provides technical and management support to the Secretary General’s Designate, prepares Fund strategies and rapid delivery and investment plans, manages calls for proposals, and provides technical assessments in line with strategic priorities and the evolution of the pandemic. The Secretariat is also responsible for monitoring and reporting on Fund performance and communicating results. The Fund Secretariat is administratively hosted by MPTF Office.
  • Recipient Organizations. Programme implementation is the responsibility of Recipient Organizations. Each organization is programmatically and financially responsible for resources received. 
  • Administrative Agent. Recipient Organizations receive funds through the Administrative Agent, the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) 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.  



Recent Documents

This tab shows only recent documents relevant at the Fund level. To see more documents at both the fund and project level go to the Document Center.

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 86,320,158  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 66,957  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 2,611  
Total source of funds   86,389,725
Transferred to Participating Organizations 83,629,799  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -276,419  
Administrative Agent Fee 863,202  
Direct Cost 1,893,207  
Bank Charges 408  
Total use of funds   86,110,197
Balance with Administrative Agent   279,528
As a percentage of deposits   0.3%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 85,523,006  
Total resources   85,523,006
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 65,133,170  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -276,419  
Total expenses     65,409,589
Balance with Participating Organizations   20,113,418
As a percentage of transfers   23.5%
Total Balance of Funds   20,392,946
As a percentage of deposits   23.6%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

 UN COVID-19 MPTF Secretariat

  • Ms. Maria Eugenia Herrera Lara, Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist E-mail:


For Fund Administrative Agent Issues

  • Ms. Eunice Taibo, Portfolio Associate, E-mail:
  • For Communications

    Mr. Raul de Mora Jimenez, Communications & SDG Specialist, E-mail:
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