United Nations World Bank „Humanitarian Development Peace Initiative“ (formerly „UN – World Bank Fragility and Conflict Partnership Trust Fund”)


The “Humanitarian – Development - Peace Initiative” (HDPI) is a joint effort by the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank aim to increase aid efficiency in contexts affected by fragility, conflict and violence through working closer together across the humanitarian – development – peace nexus. For the past eight years, Switzerland has been supporting the UN – World Bank partnership both politically and financially and is in a good position to promote further institutionalisation and scale-up

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Conflict & fragility
Human rights
Governance
Conflict prevention
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Public sector policy
01.12.2018 - 31.12.2021
CHF 6'000'000
Background The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, recognizes there can be no peace without sustainable development, and no sustainable development without peace. Violence, corruption, human rights abuses as well as weak and non-inclusive institutions are sizeable impediments to peace and development. There is a growing recognition that to address these issues, humanitarian, development and peacebuilding efforts need to reinforce each other. This is a challenge because there is a large diversity of actors from different backgrounds and with different planning horizons in fragile contexts. Due to their complementary mandates, the partnership between the UN and the World Bank Group is of particular importance. This is why, in 2017, the UN Secretary General and the President of the World Bank Group signed a far-reaching partnership framework for crisis-affected contexts. To implement this framework at country level and institutional level, flexible support is needed, which is not available from the core budgets of the UN and the World Bank. Switzerland therefore continues its support of the Humanitarian Development Peace Initiative as the successor of the innovative  “UN – World Bank Fragility and Conflict Partnership Trust Fund”.
Objectives Increase collective impact of the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank by building resilience, reducing risk and sustaining peace in contexts affected by fragility, conflict and violence. This is achieved through catalytic support that helps bridge the gap between humanitarian, development and peace communities.
Target groups
  • Populations living in contexts affected by fragility, conflict and violence.
  • UN institutions and the World Bank Group – both on country-level and globally.
Medium-term outcomes
  1. UN and WB have improved data and evidence across the humanitarian – development - peace nexus to inform programming
  2. UN and WB have an increasingly joint or shared approach across the humanitarian development peace nexus to identify collective outcomes and priorities
  3. UN and WB have scaled-up their collective impact  by leverging existing actors and their comparative advantages (incl. technical support and seed funding)
Results

Expected results:  

  • Number of countries with joint UN – WB approaches as a result of the HDP Initiative increases from seven to 20.
  • Number of joint HDP data systems has increased (as in OCHA’s “5W” approach)
  • The “UN - WB Steering Committee on Crisis-Affected Situations” is functional and fulfills its function to provide strategic guidance to the UN-WB Partnership.
  • A Technical Unit within the UN Secretariat representing humanitarian, development and peace communities is established to facilitate streamlined engagement with the WB.
  • Progress on scale-up and institutionalisation is made at a joint UN – WB learning event.


Results from previous phases:  

  • Emergence of tools for joint analyis and assessments, including the UN – WB – EU “Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessments”, which have informed large recovery plans. (e.g. Central African Republic)
  • Example: In Sudan, a HDP Advisor facilitated the alignment of development and humanitarian planning frameworks as well as the elaboration of four collective outcomes.
  • Insights: While senior-level support for the partnership is significant both in the UN and the World Bank, mid-management and country-level still has insufficient incentives


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International Financial Institution (IFI)
  • World Bank - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development


Coordination with other projects and actors Swiss bilateral and multilateral engagement in fragile contexts; “New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States”; UNDP’s Bureau of Policy and Programme Support & Crisis Response Unit; World Bank’s engagement on Forced Displacement; institutional dialogue with members of the UN Development System and the World Bank’s “International Development Association” (IDA). Resident Coordinator Trust Fund.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   6'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   4'000'000 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF  12'000'000
Project phases Phase 4 01.12.2018 - 31.12.2021   (Current phase) Phase 3 01.05.2014 - 30.06.2018   (Completed) Phase 2 01.10.2012 - 30.06.2017   (Completed)