In 2009, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the World Bank, and the United Nations, the SDC has approved $3 million for a Trust Fund to support enhanced partnership activities between the United Nations and World Bank with a view to achieving more effective international response in fragile and conflict-affected environments. This initiative provides the World Bank and the UN with additional resources to take forward the various UN-WB partnership agreements in fragile and post-conflict environments, through focused strategic interventions.
Addressing fragility and conflict is a strategic priority for both institutions and strengthening UN-WB partnership will contribute to a more effective international response. In October 2008, World Bank President Robert Zoellick and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed the United Nations-World Bank Partnership Framework for Crisis and Post-Crisis Situations to highlight the commitment of the two organizations to strengthen cooperation. During discussions at the United Nations on the Secretary-General’s June 2009 report on peacebuilding in the immediate aftermath of conflict, member states reaffirmed the priority of partnership between the World Bank and the United Nations in the initial post-conflict period.
In order to further enlarge and deepen the WB cooperation with the UN agencies, funds and programmes and Secretariat entities, and to accelerate its implementation in the field, the Swiss Government initiated a multi-donor Partnership Trust Fund with a contribution of USD 3 million for a three-year period. These resources will provide for a range of initiatives intended to promote understanding and expand networking between United Nations and World Bank teams.
Objectives of the WB-UN Fragility and Conflict Partnership Trust Fund
The objectives of the Fragility and Conflict Partnership Trust Fund are to:
- Exploit potential opportunities for joint initiatives or approaches in key countries;
- Strengthen capacity in both institutions to work effectively in partnership in crisis and post-crisis situations, and
- Collect good cooperation practices emerging in the field.
A small number of countries have been selected on a preliminary basis to pilot this initiative, which at present consist of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and the Central African Republic.
In late 2010 a program of small grants (<$100K each) was set up and launched for partnership activities in the four pilot countries. To date, two grants have been approved:
- The first is to support analytical work and strengthen coordination for the finalization and implementation of the PRSP Central African republic.
- The second grant is for the preparation of a Peace Consolidation Program for western Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Trust Fund also finances exchange of two staff members between the United Nations and the World Bank headquarters to facilitate headquarters support country-level collaboration and related partnership initiatives.
The institutional partners for the United Nations involved in this project are: the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the Peace-building Support Office; the Department of Peacekeeping Operations; the Department of Political Affairs; the Development Operations Coordination Office (for UNDG); and the UN Development Programme. The Fragile and Conflict Affected Countries Group (OPCFC) is the institutional partner for the World Bank Group.
For more information:
Mary Morrison, United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Spyros Demetriou, OPCFC, The World Bank, email: email@example.com