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					Multi Donor Trust Fund –
  National and South

 Technical session with Worldbank
Technical Secretariats, GoNU, GoSS,
           UN and donors
  5 May 2008, Sudan Consortium
            National MDTF
• MDTF as effective instrument for Donor
  harmonisation and coordination,
• In 2005 5 donors; now 8 donors
• Donors paid $ 234 mln; committed 80 %;
  disbursed 36 % of paid in
• Co-funded GoNU $ 366 mln = 67 %,
  increasing dialogue with GoNU
         External Review MDTFs
1. MTDF programs relevant to JAM/CPA, with
   increasing focus on institutional development
2. Performance MDTF portfolio ‘moderately
3. Disbursement rate fairly low (36 % after 2,5
   years) but similar to other programs in Sudan.
4. Some programs delayed due to mngt constraints
   and overoptimistic planning; delay in counterpart
   funding also impacts on progress.
       MDTF-N external review
            findings -2
5. GoNU ownership and familiarity with WB/
  MDTF procedures increased, but still
  outstanding issues re procedures on
  procurement, financial mngt.
6. Good monitoring and financial & technical
  support by TS (WB) and Monitoring Agent.
7. Governance structure: OC focusses on
  operational issues; thematic groups
  required for policy& planning coordination.
Recommendations from Review
• Stronger leadership of GoNU & donors
  with more dialogue on strategic directions
• Increase knowledge on implementation ie
  by joint supervision and stronger relation
  with Monitoring Agent
• Clarify and resolve counterpart funding
• Make Thematic Groups operational to
  align MDTF to national policies/systems
           After the review…
• Donors’ conclusion: Phase II of N-MDTF
  need to address lessons learned (no
  business as usual); enhanced dialogue
• Added to recommendations:
- Despite pressure to expand portfolio,
  MDTF-N need to focus more;
- More attention required for implementation
- TS/WB-Kha needs to be strenghtened;
   Replenishing the MDTF-National
           - donors’ views:
• GoNU development policy is broad: further
  discussion / analysis needed of how MDTF-N fits
  in, i.e. on financing Joint Projects GoSS/GoNU
• Increased focus on war affected and border areas
  to promote stability as well as poverty reduction:
  the East and the Three Areas
→ Three Areas and East only received about $ 12 mln
  and $ 4,3 mln resp under MDTF-N programs;
NB budgets: $73 mln Three Areas and $65 mln East:
  in total $ 138 mln = 59 % of MDTF;
$137 mln, $58 mln resp, = 36% of MDTF-programming
→ overall GoNU spending in Three Areas was 5 % of
  JAM target
   Replenishing the MDTF-National
           - donors’ views
• State programs to be backed up by national reform
  programs to enhance impact at state/locality level.
  i.e. decentralisation of planning & funding
• Use joint progress reviews of programs– addressing
  implementation issues - to ↑ engagement, and
  enhance dialogue with counterparts
• Create synergies with WB’s analytical work on
  budget, social sectors, economic growth etc.
• Address sustainability in design of modalities: shift
  to implementation led by Sudanese.
              Way forward;
• Solving outstanding issues on Phase II
  strategy, mainly financial planning/ funding
• New commitments foreseen mid 2008, aim
  to increase, to achieve objectives
• New OC composition? New donor co chair?
• Division of labour among donors to follow
  implementation progress more effectively

Reflections on First Phase
          Overview MDTF-S
• 14 donors have contributed to date:
   - $355m donor funding committed; $224m
     signed grant agreements (63%)
   – $125m in project accounts; $109m paid out
• Co-funding GoSS and donors:
   – Current de facto shift in funding ratio to
     approx 50:50;
   – GoSS contributions less than envisaged due
     to GoSS budgetary problems
      Overview of Funding
          MDTF-S Financial Profile, 31 March 2008

200                                                 GoSS
150                                                 MDTF
         Grant      Disbursements   Paid In Donor
      agreements       to Project      Funds
        signed         Accounts
Conclusions of External Review
• Delivery now picking up and broadly in line with
  expectations as a result of stronger GoSS and
  TS capacity;
• Critical issue is prioritisation of available funding,
  with clarity as to GoSS and donor contributions;
• Need to enable the MDTF Oversight Committee
  to function at a strategic level;
• Strengthening of NGO engagement (at policy
  level as well as in implementation).
      Co-Chair’s Assessment
• Now much stronger GoSS ownership of the
  MDTF mechanism; strengthened platform for
  policy dialogue & overall government-led aid co-
• Capacity of WB/TS Juba Office strengthened,
  but more capacity still needed esp. to deliver
  broader policy and analytical agenda;
• Much effort still needed for sectoral programmes
  to deliver quality & timely results. All
  programmes need strong ongoing supervision &

Key issues moving forward
 MDTF-S Key Issues(1): Financing

- Estimate of $1.1 billion overall financing
  requirement 2008-11 (cost of current
  programmes plus approx $100 million new
- GoSS requesting $751m donor pledge to MDTF
  for the period 2008-11.
- Given the major financial needs of the MDTF-S
  for next phase, donor view is that it is essential
  that GoSS increases its allocations to the MDTF
  as soon as its revenue base allows.
- Donors requested by GoSS to front load as
  much as possible to 2008 and 2009.
MDTF-S Key Issues(2): Prioritisation
 • Unless both donors and GoSS can increase
   contributions above current levels, portfolio
   cannot be expanded to cover important new
   issues, and will need to be cut back.
 • Portfolio will need to be prioritised within agreed
   envelope using GoSS Expenditure Priorities
   2008-11 (focus on basic services, roads etc) as
   a framework to prioritise of Phase II proposals
   and allocation of any available finance to new
      Proposals for MDTF-S (1):
         Strategic framework
• MDTF resource allocation to be prioritised using
  the GoSS Medium Term priorities 2008-11
• Phase II programmes need to be very
  strategically focused – ensure comparative
  advantage and complementarity in each sector
  using the Budget Sector Groups.
• Move to decentralised delivery: state & counties
• Much stronger focus on cross-cutting synergies:
  gender, community driven development etc.
Proposals (2): Strengthening of Governance
     & Implementation Arrangements

• Oversight Committee enabled to play more
  strategic role with support of joint technical
  working group
• Effective linkages to new Sudan Recovery Fund
  (joint oversight mechanism to ensure
• Stronger M&E mechanism (monthly) with good
  GoSS-wide participation.
• Modality to engage state and local government
  (not ad hoc): e.g. MDTF focal points in states?
• More strategic NGO engagement
• Much stronger communications strategy needed

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