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2nd Management Board Meeting

On January 23, 2018, Resident Coordinators from the Rwanda, Burundi, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Tanzania, UN Regional Directors from Eastern and Southern Africa, Pillar Leads and representatives from the European Union Delegation and the World Bank came together in Nairobi for the second Management Board and Steering Committee meeting of the Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework.

 The aim of the meeting was to update the members of the Management Board on process made since the last meetings in July 2017, and to discuss the next steps towards implementation and further resource mobilization.

The meeting which was very well attended, was chaired by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, and Lola Castro, Regional Director of WFP Southern Africa and Co-Champion of the Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework. UNCTAD DSG Isabelle Durant participated as an observer and had the opportunity to engage the members during the meeting.

As requested during the last Management Board meeting, the Pillar Leads were invited to present the progress of their pillars. They updated the attendees on the current situation in the region and progress made by their UN agencies in the region. Furthermore, they addressed challenges they faced and the next steps they were planning. The members of the Board listened attentively to their presentations and commented on the progress, gave ideas for potential solutions and support for the implementing agencies with the challenges and suggested further next steps in the following discussion. . By the end of the Management Board meeting the members unanimously requested the extension of the Framework for 2018-2020.

During the Steering Committee meeting of the GLRSF MPTF, the Executive Director of the UN MPTF, Jennifer Topping updated the Committee on the Cross Border Multi-Partner Trust Fund which recently received its first funding through the Tanzania-Burundi Mobility project funded by the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF). The PBF Chief of Financing Marc-Andre Franché also made complementary comments regarding the project from the donors point of view.

As future donors, the European Union Delegation presented the joint UN-GIZ project currently in preparation which they will fund through the MPTF. The Steering Committee praised the project and provisionally endorsed its implementation.

At the end of a successful day with fruitful discussions in both meetings, the attendees moved to engage with representatives from various embassies in Nairobi as potential donors at an evening reception.