Who we are

LIFT success is made possible through the partnership and collaboration of a large number of donors, a Fund Board, Fund Manager and implementing partners.


LIFT is supported by AusAid (Australian Government), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the European Union, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Swedish International Development Agency, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and UK Aid (the Department of International Development, the United Kingdom). The LIFT donors are expected to contribute US$100 million over five years to the Fund.

LIFT operates under the principles outlined in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the OECD/DAC guidelines on ‘‘Harmonizing Donor Practices for Effective Aid Delivery”. The goals of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the OECD/DAC guidelines include:

  • the increased alignment of aid with partner countries’ priorities,
  • the elimination of duplication of efforts,
  • increased accountability to a variety of stakeholders, and
  • increased collaboration for more efficient and effective aid delivery.

For further information on a particular donor, clicking on an appropriate icon below to access their website.

Fund Board

A Fund Board, composed of donor representatives and independent experts governs LIFT on behalf of the Donor Consortium. The Fund Board sets strategy and policy, approves grants and oversees the independent monitoring and audit of activities supported by LIFT. The Fund Board ensures that the policies of each individual donor are taken into account in all activities. The United Kingdom (DFID) is the current Chair of the Fund Board. Australia (AusAID), the European Union, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom (DFID) are Fund Board members. There are also three independent members of the Fund Board.

Fund Manager

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been appointed as the Fund Manager. The Fund Manager is responsible for the overall management of the fund and the monitoring and oversight of the financial and technical performance of the implementing partners. The Fund Manager is also responsible for implementing Monitoring and Evaluation, generating knowledge and learning.

For further information on the Fund Manager, please visit www.unops.org.

Implementing Partners

In order to use the funds effectively during implementation of projects, the Fund Board carefully selects the implementing partners with the certain criteria. The technical and financial components of the implementing partners were assessed by an independent assessment team. The current implementing partners include local, international and UN organizations. A list of implementing partners can be found in the “Results” portion of this website.