As part of the One Plan, a single budget provides a clear sense of total resources required to implement the One Plan, while the One Plan Fund provides a streamlined way of providing un-earmarked support for the UN’s programmatic work and reduces the problem of different UN agencies competing for the same donor funds. The total budget of One Plan is USD 286 million for the 2008-2010 period. In addition to funds mobilised by One Plan agencies from core and noncore resources, the One Plan Fund has mobilized USD 71.5 million in contributions, pledges and future commitments, leaving a funding gap of approximately USD 7.2 million in relation to the implementation of the One Plan. However, with the extension of the One Plan through 2011, significant additional resources will be needed.
The significant financial contributions to the One Plan Fund are a true reflection of the strong commitment by donors in Viet Nam to support the One UN Initiative. The commitment was further emphasized in December 2008, when the One UN Donor group in Viet Nam agreed to a unique “principles of engagement”, including to provide un-earmarked funding and generally avoid making bilateral contributions to individual agencies.
Also in the past year the One Plan Fund Mobilisation and Allocation Committee (OPFMAC) was enlarged to include all 14 participating UN organisations, and a set of One Plan Fund allocation criteria were used for 2009 allocations.