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Fund Dates:

Start date: 5 April 2013

End date: 31 December 2019



UN Darfur Fund (UNDF) Achievements at a Glance (January 2016  - March 2018) English  / Arabic

UN Darfur Fund (UNDF) Achievements at a Glance (January 2016  - December 2017) English  Arabic

UN Darfur Fund (UNDF) Achievements at a Glance (January 2016  - September 2017)

United Nations Fund for Recovery Reconstruction and Development in Darfur web page



UN Fund for Darfur factsheet English / Arabic

Press release of the Foundational and Short Term Activities (FaST) signing event for the UNDF (Khartoum, 16 February 2016) English / Arabic

UN Fund for Darfur Foundational and Short Term Activities (FaST)

Brochure - UN Fund for Darfur - June 2014 / UNDF - Partner Update

Qatar confirms $88 million for UN Fund for Darfur - April 2014






Key Documents:

UNDF Terms of Reference

UNDF Memorandum of Understanding

UNDF Standard Administrative Arrangement with donors


United Nations Fund for Recovery Reconstruction and Development in Darfur web page


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Khartoum, February 16th 2016 - The Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) on behalf of the Government of Sudan, and the United Nations signed today project documents totaling $88,500,000 million (eighty eight million 500 thousand dollars) announcing the initiation of the Foundational and Short Term (FaST) activities covering 5 States of Darfur supported through the United Nations Fund for Recovery, Reconstruction and Development in Darfur Fund (UNDF) by the Qatar Development Fund (QDF), State Of Qatar over a period of 18 months. The total funding requirement for the FaST activities is US$ 177.4 million of which the State of Qatar contributed US$ 88.5 million (approximately equivalent to 50%).
Qatar contributes 88.5 million USD to UN Fund for Darfur 21 Sep 2014 On 21 September 2014, the Director General of The Qatar Development Fund, Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi, and the UNDG Chair, Ms. Helen Clark, signed a contribution agreement for the UN Fund for Darfur, amounting to $88.5 million. This contribution covers half of the financial requirements for the Darfur Development Strategy’s fast and foundational activities, estimated at US$177 Million and will enable the UN System to address the immediate and long term needs of Darfur. It represents the largest single contribution made by the State of Qatar to the UN system worldwide.
Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Mahmud chairs a meeting of an international commission monitoring a peace deal in Sudan's Darfur, in El-Fasher on April 28, 2014
The $88 million commitment of Qatar to the UN Fund for Recovery Reconsruction and Development in Darfur was signed in the North Darfur capital El Fasher in April 2014.
On 8 December 2015 the UN Darfur Fund’s Steering Committee approved the round of UN project, amounting to $ 10 million.


The United Nations Fund for Recovery Reconstruction and Development in Darfur (hereafter referred to as the Darfur Fund “UNDF”) is established to support the effective implementation of the Darfur Development Strategy (DSS) in pursuit of the overall objective of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) “to support the transition from humanitarian assistance to recovery and development.”

After a decade of conflict and displacement, the 2011 Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) strengthens the peace process and lays the groundwork for recovery and reconstruction. The Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Government of Sudan and the international community have agreed on the need to have a coordinated and comprehensive strategy for supporting peace and development in the region. In accordance with the provisions of the DDPD, the Darfur Joint Assessment Mission (DJAM) was conducted in the later part of 2012. Informed by the needs and priorities of communities, identified through comprehensive, consultative workshops in all five Darfur states and the refugee communities in Chad, the Darfur Development Strategy (DDS) evolved. The DDS offers a sequenced, coordinated and holistic plan for equitable, sustainable and participatory development, vital to move Darfur out of a cycle of conflict and poverty, towards a stable and prosperous future.

The establishment of the UNDF responds to Article 32 of the DDPD which stipulates that “since the financial resources and expertise required to undertake such an operation are beyond Sudan's capacity, the Parties request the international community to urgently and fully participate in this initiative and assist in the provision of necessary resources and expertise and partake in meeting the needs set for this purpose through the establishment of a Multi-Donor Trust Fund.”

All programmes/projects funded by the UNDF will be in support of, and strictly aligned with the priorities of the Government of Sudan and the Darfur regional Authority, as described in the DDS, ensuring full national ownership. The UNDF will complement other support that will be provided to recovery and development in Darfur by Sudan’s partners and bring strategic value in developing capacity and promoting sustainability. The UNDF will enhance coherence, transparency and accountability in the implementation of key components of the DDS.

The UNDF is established under the leadership of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Government of Sudan (GoS) and the United Nations, represented by the UN Resident Coordinator, in consultation with the UN Country Team. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through its Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) is the UNDF Administrative Agent.


Assistance Strategy

The UNDF is established to support the efficient implementation of key components of the Darfur Development Strategy. Specifically, it seeks to:

  • Restore peace, security, and social stability;
  • Improve government functionality at all levels;
  • Strengthen the civil administration;
  • Rehabilitate, reconstruct and construct physical, institutional and social infrastructure in post conflict Darfur; and
  • Implement a comprehensive structural reform of health and educational institutions, especially Universities, in order to transform Darfur into a developed society in terms of technology, industry agriculture and trade.

To this end, the Darfur Development Strategy is supported by 3 interlinked pillars.

The Governance, Justice and Reconciliation pillar aims to contribute policy support, technical assistance and capacity enhancement to State governments to enable them to more effectively execute their mandate, especially at the local (decentralised) level, and thus oversee recovery of the region and initiate the revival, staffing, equipping and maintenance of basic services, and support to conflict-affected populations through the provision of security, community policing and access to justice, compensation and land settlement. The main objective of the Reconstruction pillar is to support the recovery and stabilisation of war-affected populations, whose economic and social life have been severely disrupted. Fundamental to any recovery programme is the return and/or resettlement of displaced people, the construction and restoration of physical infrastructure and basic service recovery, such as water supply in villages and for agricultural usage and livestock, schools, health posts and police stations, as well as linking communities and markets by constructing and improving vital road, rail and air links, promoting resource-efficient housing and restoring productive systems. The main objective of the Economic Recovery pillar is to contribute positively towards poverty alleviation and transitioning Darfur to development in an equitable and environmentally sustainable manner. This will be achieved by technical and material support to key livelihoods, the promotion of the private sector, especially the creation of employment opportunities and access to financial services, and ensuring the sustainability of productive sectors through appropriate natural resource management.

The Steering Committee

The UNDF Steering Committee provides oversight of the Fund, establishes the fund allocation criteria under the guidance of the DCB, makes the resource allocation decisions for the programmes/projects based on the technical review by the UNDF Secretariat and the progress of the DDS, as determined by the DCB, with which the Steering Committee coordinates and shares information.

Co-Chaired by the representative of the DRA and the UN Resident Coordinator, the Steering Committee will include representatives from the GoS, contributing donors, participating UN organisations, and civil society.

The Steering Committee will be responsible for:

a)     Providing oversight and exercising overall accountability of the UNDF, under the overall guidance of the DCB;

b)     Reviewing and approving proposals submitted for funding after being cleared by the Technical Secretariat, allocating resources, ensuring their conformity with the requirements of the UNDF TOR, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Standard Administrative Arrangement (SAA); instructing the Administrative Agent for disbursement accordingly;

c)     Developing and approving the criteria by which the implementation and managerial capacities of implementing partners will be reviewed, as part of the overall funding evaluation process;

d)     Reviewing UNDF status and overall progress of the Fund, both in regard of itself and its contribution to the overall DDS implementation through the DCB;

e)     Assisted by the Technical Secretariat of the UNDF, overseeing the Fund-level management, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, establishing UNDF requirements and priorities concerning, inter alia; programme/project management, programme/project costing, cost recovery, implementation modalities, results-based reporting, impact assessment and information management, including appropriate UNDF, GoS, DRA, and contributing partners’ visibility;

f)      Ensuring that appropriate consultative processes take place at the level of the Two-Window Darfur Facility MDTF, if established, and under the overall guidance of the DCB, as more fully described in the DSS document;

g)     Reviewing and approving the periodic progress reports (programmatic and financial) consolidated by the Administrative Agent, based on the progress reports submitted by the participating UN organisations;

h)      Commissioning reviews and “lessons learned” reports on the performance of the UNDF, and discussing follow-ups with participating UN organisations on recommended actions that have UNDF -wide impact;

i)        Reporting progress of the Fund to the DCB on a 6-monthly basis or as required by the DCB;

j)      Approving and updating the UNDF TOR and Steering Committee TOR and Rules of Procedures, as required.

The Steering Committee shall meet periodically in Khartoum and/or in Darfur. Reports, recommendations and minutes of its meetings will be shared with the UNDF stakeholders and the DCB. They will be made public through the Fund’s website at the MPTF Office GATEWAY.


UNDF Secretariat

The Secretariat will support the UNDF Steering Committee. Costs for such tasks will be agreed in advance and approved by the Steering Committee, and could be charged to the UNDF account as direct costs. In assisting the Steering Committee in all of its functions, the UNDF Secretariat will be responsible for:

i)        Facilitating the preparation and conduct of the Steering Committee meetings, including the preparation of agenda and minutes, sharing information on behalf of the Resident Coordinator, distribution of documents, distribution of programme/project proposals submitted to the Steering Committee for funding decisions, etc.;

ii)       Organising programme/project vetting process/blind review, by calling upon a participating UN organisation that has been designated an authority on a Priority Objective under which the programme/project proposal is formulated, to review the technical and operational appropriateness of the submitted proposal in light of the respective objective areas contained in DDS. The Participating Organisation would then submit a written opinion of the proposal to the Steering Committee through the Technical Secretariat for the Steering Committee’s decision-making;

iii)     Review programmes/projects submissions of participating UN organisations to ensure adherence to the UNDF TOR and any subsequent criteria approved by the Steering Committee;

iv)     Recording the Steering Committee decisions, approvals and allocations and submitting those to the Administrative Agent;

v)       Tracking implementation progress, closure of projects and identifying challenges to be reported to the Steering Committee;

vi)     Developing, in coordination with the Administrative Agent, forms and templates to be used by the participating UN organisations, to submit project proposals and provide result-based reporting to the Steering Committee;

vii)    Undertaking monitoring, reporting and evaluation on Fund-level progress on periodic basis, and preparing analytical progress reports relating to agreed UNDF objectives; and

viii)  Periodically reviewing the TOR and Rules of Procedure of the Steering Committee and recommending changes or revisions.

Administrative Agent

The UNDP MPTF Office will be the Administrative Agent, with responsibilities to conclude an MoU with participating UN organisations and SAAs with contributing Partners. It will receive, administer and transfer funds to participating UN organisations, upon instructions from the Steering Committee and submit yearly consolidated narrative and financial reports to the Steering Committee and all contributing Partners that have provided financial contributions to the UNDF. The MPTF Office will post the MoU, SAAs and other relevant documents on the UN website for Darfur, as well as in the Administrative Agent website - the MPTF Office GATEWAY.



Participating UN organisations may be eligible for funding by concluding a MoU with the Administrative Agent of the Fund. Non UN-entities that are members of the UN Country Team and that have a similar international character and financial rules and regulations comparable to the UN, may also become participating organisations by concluding a separate MoU with the Administrative Agent.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations (CSOs) and national and sub-national institutions can receive funds from the UNDF through a participating UN organisation, based on a project agreement concluded between the UN organisation and those implementing partners in accordance with its regulations, rules and procedures. 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.


Recent Documents

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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 88,879,583  
Contributions from MDTFs 3,000,000  
      - Sub-total Contributions 91,879,583  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 186,916  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 30,835  
Refunds by Administrative Agent to Contributors -7,128,109  
Total source of funds   84,969,226
Transferred to Participating Organizations 89,730,001  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -7,258,199  
Administrative Agent Fee 888,796  
Direct Cost 1,487,757  
Bank Charges 1,504  
Total use of funds   84,849,858
Balance with Administrative Agent   119,368
As a percentage of deposits   0.1%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 91,217,758  
Total resources   91,217,758
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 83,747,261  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -7,258,199  
Total expenses     91,005,460
Balance with Participating Organizations   212,298
As a percentage of transfers   0.2%
Total Balance of Funds   331,665
As a percentage of deposits   0.4%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Sudan:

  • Ms. Mrs. Khardiata Lo NDIAYE, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
  • Ms. Natalie Groom, UNDF Technical Secretariat, United Nations Development Programme, Email: Phone: +249 (0) 918 33 5559


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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