The United Nations-World Bank Partnership
Secretary-General and World Bank President Sign Partnership Framework, 24 October 2008.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
The close partnership between the World Bank and the United Nations goes back to a 1947 agreement, which designated the World Bank an Independent Specialized Agency of the UN system. Recent partnership efforts in post-conflict and other fragile states are based upon the 2008 UN-WB Partnership Framework for Crisis and Post-Crisis Situations, which committed the organizations to principles of engagement for a more effective and sustainable response, building on complementarity and interdependence and emphasizing an integrated approach linking politics, security and development.
With $3 million from the Government of Switzerland, the UN-World Bank Partnership Trust Fund was set up in 2010 to support implementation of the Partnership Framework, overseen by a joint UN-World Bank Steering Committee. The Fund supports a staff exchange of Partnership Advisers who drive forward partnership initiatives, with a particular focus on fostering closer cooperation in the field. A small grants program supports joint UN-WB projects, initially in four pilot countries (Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau and Liberia). Other countries are now eligible to apply for funding.
On issues of fragility and conflict, the key interlocutors in this partnership are the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and the Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) in the United Nations, and the Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Unit (OPCFC) of the World Bank. PBSO facilitates the operationalization of this partnership through the Senior Peacebuilding Group, chaired by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, and co-chairing, with DOCO and OPCFC, high-level joint meetings between the United Nations and the World Bank. PBSO also works directly with UN system partners and the Bank on specific peacebuilding issues, such as the development of peacebuilding and statebuilding indicators that are linked to the process of the International Dialogue on Statebuilding and Peacebuilding. In addition, PBSO hosts the Partnership Adviser seconded from the World Bank to work with the UN system.
Further information on partnership initiatives can be found on the website of the OPCFC of the World Bank at: www.worldbank.org/conflict