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Please be informed that Fast Track measures, which previously required Fast Track requests through an online activation form, have been mainstreamed into relevant policies and streamlined the required processes for faster actions. 

4. Guidelines on Engagement with NGOs under Country Based Pooled Funds, December 1st, 2016

Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPF) are designed to support cluster coordination and stronger humanitarian leadership. Such funds are made available to UN agencies and NGOs that participate in the country's consolidated appeals process (CAP) or Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). The Guidelines on Engagement with NGOs under CBPF supplements OCHA's Operational Handbook for CBPFs (2015), and provides guidance to Country Offices acting or considering to act as Managing Agent.  

Currently, UNDP Country Offices in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and Sudan are Managing Agents for CBPF grants to NGOs. This work is not only important in the context of the UN's humanitarian delivery in protracted crisis situations, but also advances an agenda where local actors are at the forefront of this response. The capacity-building work that UNDP does through the CBPF's also contributes to programming that advances better collaboration across the humanitarian and development nexus. For questions on this process, please contact Taija Kontinen-Sharp at, Programme Specialist, the Crisis Response Unit.

3. Crisis Response SOPs Revision, April 26th, 2013

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Immediate Crisis Response have been revised to define Crisis Level 3 as corporate emergencies, which come under the direction of the Associate Administrator. A revised trigger and activation process will ensure a faster organizational response. The division of labour between the Crisis Board and Executive Team are clarified and the option to reinforce CO management capacity in the event of a major crisis is introduced.

2. Fast Track Policies and Procedures, April 11th, 2011

The Fast Track Policies and Procedures (FTP) derived from the Strategy for Fast-Tracking UNDP's Crisis Response are now available. The FTPs are listed in a new chapter "Management of Crisis and Special Development Situations" which  consists of:  i) UNDP Standard Operating Procedures for Immediate Crisis Response ; ii) Fast Track Policies and Procedures ; iii) Capacity Support for Crisis Response (UNDP SURGE and Experts Roster) and  iv) Financial Resources for Crisis Response. To access the FTA users will need to login to the site once per browser session.

1. Launch of Fast Track Procedures, April 19th, 2010

Strategy for Fast Tracking UNDP's Crisis Response and Activating Fast Track Procedures approved by the UNDP Management Group (MG) and launched on April 13t, 2010 are now accessible from POPP. 

Rooted in the UNDP Strategic Plan and closely linked to the Policy on Early Recovery, the Strategy for Fast Tracking UNDP's Crisis Response has been developed through a joint effort by the Bureau of Management (BoM) and the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), in close consultation with practitioners from Country Offices and Headquarters units, through UNDP practice networks and face-to-face interactions.  It includes a series of specific provisions for fast tracking UNDP's operations in various programme and operations areas. They are grouped into three main categories: (1) fast track policies and procedures (FTP) that can be activated based on specific "triggers"; (2) fast track through preparedness; and (3) fast track "across-the-board."

The fast track policies and procedures in the first category above are available and can be activated based on specific "triggers".  You can contact Dennis Curry (, Management Specialist, Directorate, BoM, and/or Nazim Khizar (, Operations Specialist, BCPR with any questions or requests for clarifications.

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