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Action Plan


LHI Guiding Principles

  • Focus on concrete, practical and innovative solutions
  • Rely on light, agile and informal mechanisms; work virtually whenever possible
  • Do not duplicate efforts already underway; coordinate with other fora working on similar topics
  • Focus on the specific value added that the legal perspective can provide

PRE-ACCRA ACTION POINTS

Topic

Priority Issue(s)

Activity

Responsibilities

Facilitating Use of Shared Model Documentation in Sectorwide Approaches (SWAps) and other joint operationsHarmonization of approaches to the use of model documentation in joint operations (including but not limited to SWAps)

Set up rapid response mechanism among senior lawyers and policy advisers in all agencies to facilitate quick resolution of issues re: shared model documentation for joint operations, as well as MDTFs

World Bank/Nordic+ (Coordinators)
African Development Bank
AusAID
Japan
(Italy)
Develop ‘zero’ draft joint statement of principles for use of shared model documentation for joint operations, and inventory of issues that need to be addressed, for submission at Accra
 
Begin review of Nordic+ template and sharing of other existing model documentation with LHI participants, based on inventory of issues, with the aim of developing shared model documentation for use in joint operations, with built-in flexibility to accommodate the needs of parties in a wide variety of situations
 
All LHI Participants
Facilitating Efficient Operations of Multi-donor trust funds (MDTFs)Applicability of policies and proceduresShare Bank-UN Fiduciary Principles Accord (FPA) with other LHI participants; all to review applicability to themWorld Bank, UNICEF to distribute; all LHI participants to review
 
Entry point issues, decentralization and coordination
 
Rapid response mechanism (see above)See above
Organizational issues  Create mechanisms to establish and support the LHI community of practice (e.g., focal points, IT tools) that fit the informal modalities for the LHI’s work
 
World Bank
  Identify and coordinate with other working groups and fora dealing with other harmonization streams

World Bank
Coordinators of each LHI action point

POST-ACCRA ACTION POINTS 1

Topic

Priority Issue(s)

Activity

Responsibilities

Facilitating Use of Shared Models in SWAps and other joint operationsHarmonization of approaches to use of model documentation in joint operations (including but not limited to SWAps)Continue review of existing model documentation. Agree on shared model documentation with built-in flexibility to accommodate the needs of parties in a wide variety of situations, as well as consolidated guidance, including checklist of legal and policy issues and good practices. Consult with partner countries as appropriate.
 
World Bank/Nordic+ (Coordinators)
African Development Bank
AusAID
Japan
(Italy)
Facilitating Efficient Operations of MDTFsRole of trustee, flexible application of legal requirements, mutual accountability, donor requirements
 
Comprehensive identification of legal issues arising in MDTFs (as well as other forms of partnership) as input into work of existing working groups on MDTFs[Volunteers welcome]
Facilitating Use of Country Systems (UCS) in Joint OperationsSafeguard harmonizationComprehensive legal issue identification re: harmonization of social and environmental safeguards as input for other working groups working on UCS
 
AusAID
[Volunteers welcome]
Harmonizing Approaches to Fraud and Corruption in OperationsFurther harmonization of legal frameworks and practicesInvite legal, integrity and policy functions of IFIs to resume work on harmonization of legal frameworks and practices regarding fraud and corruption and collaborate with other actors (e.g., UN and bilateral representatives)
 
IFIs
[Volunteers welcome]
Undertake ‘gap analysis’ of legal frameworks of IFIs, bilaterals and UN agencies regarding fraud and corruption; propose priority areas where frameworks and practices could be further harmonized
 
Handling issues of fraud and corruption in joint operationsDevelop proposals for handling investigations, sanctioning and contractual remedies in context of pooled financing and other joint financing
 
Harmonization in Private Sector Operations  Ensure involvement of IFIs with private sector mandate in LHI activities where relevant to their operations; IFIs with private sector mandate to indicate when they would like to be involved
 
  
Negative pledgeHarmonization of negative pledge clausesAgree on common negative pledge clauseWorld Bank
Caribbean Development Bank
[Volunteers welcome]
 
Organizational issues  Develop issues notes on cross-cutting themes (e.g., environment, rule of law issues, etc.) for discussion at the Second LHI Roundtable
 
World Bank
[Volunteers welcome]
1These action points should begin as soon as possible and be completed in time for review at the Second LHI Roundtable in Spring 2009.

Last updated: 2009-05-26




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