JPF has eleven donors. These are the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and the European Union. They have together pledged over US$ 100 million for the Joint Peace Fund with signed contributions currently totalling over US$ 88 million over five years. The fund is designed to accommodate additional donors, and is expected to operate for at least six years, starting from 2016.
As a multi-donor fund, the JPF brings consolidated funding and coordinated support to the peace process, in line with international best practice. It is designed to be flexible, responsive and adaptive to the changing needs of the peace process at all levels, from Union and State to community levels.
The JPF management team comprises a Technical Secretariat (TS) and a Trustee and Contract Manager (TCM). The Technical Secretariat – run by the Nordic International Support Foundation (NIS) – leads the development and implementation of programmes. It also provides analysis, advice and support to the overall governance of the Fund. The Trustee and Contract Manager – run by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is responsible for fiduciary management and oversight. UNOPS is the legal entity of the Fund and signs agreements with partners, except for small grants. The JPF management team is jointly responsible for monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects.
The JPF governance structures are evolving in line with the emerging peace process. Anticipated joint national structures to coordinate peace process support in Myanmar are yet to be finalised. Once established, the JPF will participate fully in these structures. Until these plans are finalized the governance of the JPF falls under the established Fund Board, comprising current JPF donors. The Fund Board remains responsible for the JPF's strategic direction, which will be developed in consultation with the Government, Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs).