UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Trust Fund (MPTF)

The MPTF provides the opportunity to alleviate the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on the poorest countries. It complements Switzerland’s support to the UN’s humanitarian response beyond the immediate sanitary response. It is an opportunity for a coherent and coordinated UN COVID-19 response. It is an expression of Swiss solidarity to avoid that people fall into poverty and that inequalities between people and countries grow as a result of COVID-19. 

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier

Politique du secteur publique
Renforcement des systèmes de santé
01.05.2020 - 31.12.2022
CHF 10'000'000
Contexte The end of the global COVID-19 crisis is not known yet, but it is clear that it will have significant development impacts on livelihoods and economies, with poverty figures expected to rise if not tackled early on in the crisis. It is in Switzerland’s interest to support poor countries and their people affected by a global pandemic through a global and well coordinated UN response. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is well positioned to lead part of this effort through its engagement with humanitarian actors, health sector actors as well as with development actors. By leveraging its development funding for a comprehensive global approach to COVID-19, SDC sends a strong political symbol of solidarity to low and middle income countries with limited means and capacities to absorb the COVID-19 shocks on their population.

The purpose of the intervention is to provide short- to medium-term funding to developing countries to alleviate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis with a focus on 1) tackling the health emergency; 2) focusing on the social impact, and the economic response and recovery and 3) helping countries recover better.

At the same time it seeks to strengthen the level of coordination among UN agencies in their global response, in line with the guiding principles of the UN Development System Reform.

Groupes cibles The partners of the intervention are UN agencies of UN Country Teams who will support national authorities, small and medium-size businesses and civil society in low and middle income countries in responding to COVID-19. UN development agencies have a comparative advantage because of their long term presence and UN programmes in 165 countries, and especially in the more fragile contexts where the effects of COVID-19 are particularly devastating, including in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and parts of Europe. The UN’s focus on leaving no one behind ensures that the COVID-19 response addresses the needs of poor people (refugees, migrant workers, people with disabilities, women, children, people suffering from multiple vulnerabilities including from climate change, food shortages and economic shocks).
Effets à moyen terme

Outcome 1: Governments are supported to tackle the emergency through a multi-sectorial approach.

Outcome 2: Most vulnerable people in targeted countries have access to social and economic protection mechanisms.

Outcome 3: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are implemented and countries remain on track towards the 2030 targets.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

- Countries are supported to fully implement
their National Plans for Combating COVID-19.

- Non-health ministries and government agencies
are assisted to maintain situation rooms and to
provide critical services interrupted by COVID-19.

- Social protection mechanisms are enhanced,
with a special focus will be on women and children.

- Children’s needs in food and educational needs
are met: school meal programmes + access to learning.

- Digital innovations are promoted to boost
employment, support livelihoods, and
improve the provision of social services
in line with COVID-19 response measures.

- National preparedness is strengthened and tested.

- Countries invest in effective and innovative
delivery of public services to achieve sustainable
and inclusive economies that leave no-one behind.

- New investments made as part of the COVID-19
health and socio-economic response also help
advance the SDGs and climate objectives

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs The UN Secretary-General’s Response and Recovery Fund (RRF) is one component of the UN system’s comprehensive COVID-19. It is complementary to 2 other components, the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) and WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP). The RRF is complementary to the COVID-19 response programming of the various divisions of SDC – the humanitarian response and country-level engagements of the Swiss bilateral cooperation.
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   10'000'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   9'000'000 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   2'000'000'000