The Trust Fund helps fulfill a commitment by United Nations Secretary-General and World Bank Group President to break down institutional barriers and strengthen the links between political, security, development, and humanitarian efforts in FCS countries. The Trust Fund has three key objectives:
- To support joint initiatives or approaches in fragile and conflict-affected situations
- To strengthen capacity in both institutions to work effectively in partnership
- To collect good cooperation practices and support knowledge sharing
Applications are received on a rolling basis for proposals that have been developed jointly by UN and World Bank teams, show alignment with the Strategic Results Framework (SRF) and towards the broader strategic objectives of the two organizations, as well as in support of country priorities. The SRF outlines a number of goals and activities that aim to strengthen the collaboration between the UN and the World Bank in FCS, around three core objectives:
- improved regional and country-specific collaboration at strategic and operational levels
- strengthened institutional co-operation and communications on policy and thematic issues
- increased operational policies, frameworks and tools to facilitate co-operation and cross financing
Activities should aim to gather broader lessons learned or other partnership-strengthening or transformative potential. To date, grants have averaged between $100,000 - $200,000, with proposals of up to $500,000 considered on an exceptional basis, going to support projects in Mali, South Sudan, CAR, DRC, Liberia, Yemen, Jordan/Syria, PNG and Honduras, as well as global initiatives to improve our collective response supporting Core Government Functions, Justice, Extractive Industries, PCNAs and Civilian Capacities in FCS settings. All applications are reviewed and approved jointly by the World Bank and the UN.
For more information on applying to the Trust Fund, please see Guidance for Applicants.