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Partners Meetings

Upcoming/Current

No Partners Meeting is currently scheduled.

Past

Fourth Bi-annual Partners Meeting
(May 12-14, 2004 ~ Brussels, Belgium)
MDRP partner representatives met in Brussels, Belgium from May 12 to 14, 2004 to: (i) update donors and partners on the progress made to date under the MDRP; (ii) discuss a number of thematic as well as country-specific issues with a view to further enhancing the MDRP's relevance on the ground; and (iii) discuss upcoming plans under the program and specific next steps to follow up on recommendations made by partners in the course of the meeting.

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Third Bi-annual Partners Meeting
(November 12-14, 2003 ~ Kinshasa, Dem. Republic of Congo)
MDRP partner representatives met in Kinshasa, DRC from November 12 to 14, 2003 to: (i) update donors and partners on the progress made to date under the MDRP; (ii) discuss a number of thematic as well as country-specific issues with a view to further enhancing the MDRP's relevance on the ground; (iii) discuss two position papers on linkages between DDR and security sector reform, and targeting of MDRP assistance; and (iv) discuss upcoming plans under the program and specific next steps to follow up on recommendations made by partners in the course of the meeting.

Next steps consisted of: (i) providing more regular information on status of special project processing and develop a monitoring tool to report on periodic implementation progress; (ii) preparing and circulating for MDRP and implementing partners guidelines outlining the reasons for and exceptions to the proposed freeze on special projects in the DRC; (iii) participating in review of the proposal for a "donor facilitator"; (iv) identifying and planning specific training/knowledge sharing events based on TCG input and seek partner interest in participating or facilitating; and (v) recruiting additional term staff for Burundi and DRC.

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Second Bi-annual Partners Meeting
(April 29-30, 2003 ~ Paris, France)
Partner representatives gathered in Paris, France from April 29 to 30, 2003 for the MDRP Secretariat, Technical Coordination Group (TCG) and lead agencies to: (i) update donors and partners on the progress made to date under the MDRP; (ii) discuss a number of thematic as well as country-specific issues with a view to enhancing the MDRP's relevance on the ground; (iii) seek the endorsement of donors on an MDTF grant in support of the Angola national program; and (iv) discuss upcoming plans under the program and specific next steps to follow up on recommendations made by partners in the course of the meeting.

Next steps consisted of: (i) Finalizing Angola DRP grant agreement under MDRP Trust Fund; (ii) Expediting special project proposal approval and grant agreements for DRC, Angola and Burundi; (iii) undertaking assessment and/or identification missions to CAR and Congo/Brazzaville based on final TORs and schedule to be developed by UNDP and MDRP partners in-country; (iv) Preparing a position paper on the links between security sector reform and DDR, an options paper on supporting other vulnerable groups associated with fighting forces, a report on Government of Angola progress in public sector financial management efforts, and a note aiming at providing a unified vision for MDRP support in Burundi; (v) Improving the timeliness of reporting and information sharing among partners regarding MDRP and general DDR initiatives.

For related information, see the background documents for this meeting.

First Bi-annual Partners Meeting
(November 7-8, 2002 ~ The Hague, The Netherlands)

Partner representatives gathered in The Hague from November 7 to 8, 2002 to discuss: outcomes of the Joint Supervision Mission of September/October 2002 and draw lessons for the organization of future joint missions; status of national programs; status of and guidelines for special projects; the need to establish strong links between DDR programs and Security Sector Reform (SSR); status of Trust Fund receipts and projected expenses; approach to dependents of ex-combatants.

Agreed next steps consisted of: (i) Finalizing Rwanda MDRP grant agreement; (ii) Finalizing Angola ADRP negotiations and seeking no-objection to proceeding with MDTF grant arrangements electronically once conditions of participation were met; (iii) Requesting special project proposals from key implementing partners in Angola to facilitate the rapid start-up of essential reintegration activities; (iv) Finalizing special project guidelines and securing internal Bank clearance, taking into consideration remarks made in the meeting; (v) Following-up with UNDPKO, UNHCR and OCHA on plans to repatriate or relocate dependents of ex-combatants and funding activities if considered essential; (vi) Moving ahead with national programs in Uganda and CAR (when the political climate allows) and special projects in the DRC and Burundi; (vii) Following-up on Congo-Brazzaville national program as progress warrants.

For related information, see the background documents for this meeting.

 
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