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UN Agency to UN Agency Contributions

The guidance note on Transferring Contributions from one UN Agency to Another for the Purpose of Programmatic Activities and the corresponding standard template agreement were prepared in response to a number of bottlenecks identified by country offices. The purpose of this note is to facilitate the legal and financing arrangements where two UN agencies are implementing partners and one transfers resources to the other agency to carry out programmatic activities. This guidance note and the template agreement do not replace the current agreements under the following arrangements:

  • Joint Programmes, where transfer of resources from one UN agency to another is legalized through UNDG agreed instruments, including Standard Administrative Arrangement (SAA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU);
  • UNDP arrangements with UN agencies (mainly Specialized Agencies) under the Standard Basic Executing Entity Agreement (SBEAA).
  • Arrangements among UN entities related to one programme or project funded by the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

In all other cases, the present guidance note and template agreement is to be used when one UN agency transfers resources to another UN agency for the purpose of programmatic activities in the framework of one programme or project.

This standard template provides an overall format and structure and provides options for the agencies to select depending on the circumstances. The standard UN to UN Agency Contribution Agreement template has been agreed upon by the members of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG). UN agencies are strongly discouraged from agreeing between themselves to variations to this standard template.

Guidance and Support

Fiduciary Management Oversight Group: Guidance note on transferring contributions from one UN agency to another
Country Examples