A New Way of Programming: The UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF)

Digaale IDP re-settlement, Ugaso Dualeh Jama, 70 year old woman, sells firewood, lives with her daughters. Credit: UN Photo.

Digaale IDP re-settlement, Ugaso Dualeh Jama, 70 year old woman, sells firewood, lives with her daughters. Credit: UN Photo.


As an integral part of the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF), established by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and International Partners, the UN MPTF for Somalia is designed as a pooled mechanism to channel funds. As such, the UN MPTF is the core programmatic and funding instrument of the UN’s support to Somali National Development Plan 2017-19 (NDP) and serves as one way to coordinate funding and implementation of our UN Strategic Framework 2017-20.

The UN MPTF has two funding streams:

  1. UN Window

  2. National Window

Under the UN Window, UN organisations implement joint programmes that are funded through the UN MPTF. As of now, the UN Window has more than 20 active joint programmes, implemented by 17 UN entities and funded by 13 donors.

Under the National Window, financing can be provided directly to national entities that act as Government Implementing Partners. The FGS has programmatic and financial accountability for funds passed through the National Window. The National Window is currently funding the 'Pilot Project on Strengthening National Service Delivery'.


Embodying the principle of 'Somali owned, Somali led' as part of the New Deal between Somalia and its International Partners, all programme and funding proposals that go through the UN MPTF (or wish to receive funding via the UN MPTF), must go through the decision making mechanisms of the SDRF, where FGS and Federal Member States representatives, donors and the UN form the decisions. These decisions must be made in line with the country's development priorities (as stated in the NDP) as well as the UN's strategic priorities (as stated in the UN Strategic Framework).


At the same time, the UN MPTF is designed to ensure fast resource allocation so that funding can be promptly programmed. From the pipeline development to a programme's approval and fund disbursement, the UN MPTF combines depth of consultations with speed of process. Donor funding thus supports rapid delivery on the ground.


The establishment of the National Window aims to increase the use of national systems through safeguarding financial risks by channeling the funds through the established management and reporting systems of the UN MPTF. This way, donors have the opportunity to provide funding directly to government entities, build their capacity and enhance their legitimacy towards Somali citizens.


The use of the UN MPTF greatly promotes UN coherence and discipline in support of nationally agreed goals under the NDP. Through aligning funding and programmatic priorities to the NDP and the UN's Strategic Framework, the UN MPTF makes sure that it effectively contributes to broadly agreed priorities and minimises the duplication of programmes and resources.


By pooling funds and providing mechanisms for fund management, monitoring and reporting, and donor engagement, the UN MPTF allows donors to pool and mitigate any risk associated with their investment, through diversification (by funding a variety of programmes across the NDP/UN Strategic Framework priorities), sharing (with government, the UN and other donors), and by benefiting from a fund risk management strategy, which has been jointly developed and supported by all the funds under the SDRF (the UN MPTF, the World Bank MPF and the African Development Bank Fund).


The UN MPTF provides a regular and coherent overview of programmes it funds. Consolidated reporting enables the Federal Government of Somalia, donors, beneficiaries and UN agencies to communicate the achievements of the fund and ensures accountability.