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Annex III

Specially Designated Contributions and Other Trust Funds

A. Specially Designated Contributions

Specially Designated Contributions (SDCs) are for projects implemented by third parties and are earmarked donor contributions specifically for that purpose. These activities are not included in the OCHA Annual Plan and Budget. Income towards them is counted in neither the OCHA total donor income, nor in its donor ranking tables. SDCs consist of UNDAC Mission Accounts, Natural Disaster Activities (emergency cash grants), Relief Stock Items, Emergency Response Funds and Third Party Grants (ProCap, GenCap, Juba Initiative Project and other grants).

Programme support charges levied from expenditure for SDC projects are spent, inter alia, on the administrative costs of managing these projects. In most cases, programme support charges are levied at 3 percent on SDCs.

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In 2009, the greater portion of SDCs was made to the ERFs ($84 million or 94 per cent). The funding that key contributing donors allocated to ERFs remained roughly constant in donor currency, although a strengthening dollar reduced the US dollar income to ERFs in 2009, as compared with 2008. OCHA opened five new ERFs in 2009: Afghanistan, Colombia, Kenya, Nepal and Uganda. This brought the total number of ERFs in 2009 to 16. Of the $84 million contributed to ERFs in 2009, about half went to the HRF in Ethiopia. This amount is similar to the distribution in 2008. No funds were received for the Haiti and Nepal ERFs in 2009. The CAR, DRC and Sudan ERFs were funded by the in-country Common Humanitarian Funds. The funds managed through these ERFs do not pass through OCHA’s accounts. Funding to the oPt ERF tripled from 2008, in large part responding to the Gaza crisis of late 2008/early 2009. Funding for the Indonesia ERF also tripled from 2008 in response to the 2009 earthquake. A total of $16.8 million of the total contributed to the ERFs in 2009 was pledged but not yet disbursed as at the closing of accounts.

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The Afghanistan Emergency Trust Fund was established in June 1988 by the Secretary-General to support humanitarian activities in Afghanistan. In its later life, the fund supported the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and through two memoranda of understanding. The first provided grants to NGOs working to address rehabilitation needs, while the second supported humanitarian and economic development activities.

In 2009, expenditure for the Afghanistan Emergency Trust Fund amounted to $1.5 million. The 31 December 2009 closing balance was $1.1 million. Activities are projected to cease in 2010, with the fund closing within the 2010-2011 biennium.

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The Tsunami Trust Fund was established following the tsunami of 26 December 2004. The fund financed activities undertaken in the course of coordinating humanitarian action in relation to the earthquake and tsunami, including the provision of relief to victims as well as longer-term infrastructure development. During its closing stages, remaining funds were used to support UNDP’s development activities. The fund is projected for closure in 2010.

In 2009, expenditure for the Tsunami Trust Fund amounted to $421,115. Its closing balance at 31 December 2009 was $3.4 million.