The year 2023 marks a new beginning for the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). The new Strategic Plan for 2023-2026 comes at a pivotal time.
DPPA's new Multi-Year Appeal (MYA) is calling for $170 million until 2026, to make the Strategic Plan a reality.
Flexibility of MYA
Unearmarked funding allows DPPA to invest when and where it is most needed. Unearmarked funding is a prerequisite for the success of the MYA. It allows DPPA to invest when and where it is most needed and to provide timely responses to requests from Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations, and other UN partners. On average, approximately two-thirds of the funds received are unearmarked, providing the required flexibility and autonomy in allocating resources. DPPA is committed to ensuring the most efficient and transparent management, monitoring, and reporting of voluntary contributions to sustain the trust and support of our partners.
The MYA has been an effective mechanism to mobilize support. In 2022, DPPA received $36.4 million, a record high of contributions. This is a testament of the trust that our partners have placed on DPPA.
Planning, Mornitoring and Evaluation
Accompanying the Strategic Plan is a new Results Framework, that measures our contribution to conflict prevention and sustaining peace through key performance indicators. Through mid-year and annual reviews, DPPA will track progress against qualitative and quantitative indicators, which will enable any necessary corrections. In addition, the lower level “theories of action” will allow us to articulate more clearly how/why MYA projects are designed and what they will do to affect positive change.
Every year in the spring, the Department issues a results-focused MYA Annual Report to ensure accountability and enhance transparency. The 2022 Mid-Year Report [hyperlink to pdf] includes both financial and substantive reporting on the use of MYA contributions and its main results.
DPPA continues to make use of the UN secretariat-wide Enterprise Risk Management approach in project planning, implementation and to monitor risks, finances and results and will continue to demonstrate its strategic and operational value building on the Value-for-Money assessment undertaken in 2020.
Developing a risk register helps minimize the exposure and impact to risks. Using the UN Secretariat-wide risk register, all MYA projects conduct a mandatory assessment to identify risk areas and mitigation measures. The 2020 MYA risk register includes identification of risks, DPPA’s risk response and risk owners with respect to, among other things, the current Covid-19 pandemic and the Goals of the DPPA Strategic Plan.