About MPTF Office Funds


MDTFs are an important financing tool available to the UN for pooling funds to support a strategic vision, outlined in a clear results matrix that was defined based on an analysis of programmatic realities and is underpinned by an explicit theory of change. The programmatic scope of the MDTFs is broad in nature, which distinguishes it from Joint Programmes which have a well-defined and more limited focus. The MDTF goal can only be achieved through a number of high level outcomes and a larger set of outputs (or projects), which together bring about the planned transformative change. This results logic is also reflected in the MDTF financial design.

UN MDTFs have fairly similar governance arrangements. The fund implementation is the responsibility of UN organisations, who may work with their government and NGO partners as per their own rules and regulations. Fund operation is directed by a steering committee, chaired or co-chaired by the UN and supported by a secretariat (or the Resident Coordinator’s Office in the case of a Delivering as One Fund). The steering committee sets overall direction, makes resource allocation decisions and carries out independent reviews. As the appointed fund administrator / administrative agent, the MPTF Office supports the fund design and channels the contributions from a large number of contributors.

UN MDTFs can be established at the global, regional or country level; they are often thematic in nature, targeting specific development, transition, environmental and humanitarian needs. Funds can be structured with a single or multiple funding windows; for example, a UN MDTF can be established in isolation or as one of the funding windows in a larger-scope fund, with other windows administered by IFIs, such as the World Bank; alternatively, the UN MDTF may be complemented by a separate national MDTF. An example of a single-window UN country level MDTF, specifically a One UN Fund, is shown on the right.


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