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PATRIP – Regional integration and cross-border cooperation in fragile border areas of Afghanistan and West Africa

(c) Michael Gruber

BUILDING TRUST

THE PATRIP APPROACH

PATRIP aims to stabilise fragile border regions by focussing on cross-border projects to promote local conflict resolution mechanisms, legitimate governance and social cohesion. To this end, PATRIP combines basic infrastructure with cross-border political dialogue between communities and state administration. An important element in this context is the involvement of state actors to strengthen confidence in state security.

Bringing together communities from both sides of the border can yield several positive effects in this context:

  • Promoting closer cooperation on both a state- as well as an inter-communal level
  • Creating a safer and more enabling environment for trade
  • Increasing the reach of public services
  • Providing more opportunities for cultural exchange

Fostering these effects promotes security and perspectives to communities challenged by the dynamics of conflict.

(c) Michael Gruber
(c) FSD
ENSURING PROJECT QUALITY

HOW WE WORK

PATRIP acts as a trust fund manager for bilateral and multilateral donors. Where grants for individual countries stop at political borders, PATRIP finances projects that tackle the often particularly vulnerable border areas of fragile regions.

PATRIP operates based on clear and robust principles, with procurement guidelines and a reporting system based on KfW international standards.

A highly specialised monitoring toolbox, including site visits in fragile areas as well as remote monitoring technology, is used by PATRIP’s monitoring consultant to ensure that the best results are delivered for the local community, and that projects remain tangible for donors.

PATRIP prioritises sustainability by clarifying the question of responsibility for maintenance of projects prior to releasing funds. A tailored Environmental and Social Protection Policy ensures that projects are implemented with the greatest consideration for workers and the environment.

OUR PRINCIPLES

ALLOCATING FUNDS THROUGH LOCAL PARTNERS

The PATRIP Foundation acts as a trust fund manager, pooling funds and coordinating implementation partners to enhance cross-border exchange and provide stability in fragile border areas. The partners consist of both international and national non-governmental organisations that meet PATRIP’s criteria.

ACTIVELY INVOLVING LOCAL COMMUNITIES

The PATRIP Foundation’s implementation partners facilitate coordination with local authorities. Projects respond to the priorities of local inhabitants and are aligned with local development plans as far as possible. They are realised by the Foundation’s partner NGOs in close collaboration with the community itself.

SHARING RESPONSIBILITY FOR MONITORING

PATRIP’s Monitoring Team is responsible for technical and accounting assistance and the monitoring of expected results. The locally based team conducts regular visits to the project sites and partner agencies to verify the construction quality and offer advice on possible improvements, and regularly reviews project expenditures and progress reports.

REINFORCING SUSTAINABILITY

The responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the (re-)installed infrastructure is clarified before funding starts. The partners establish whether operation and maintenance can be carried out solely by the local community or the local administration accepts responsibility.

STRUCTURE

PATRIP has two management bodies:

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is responsible for advising, supporting, and monitoring the Board of Directors. It currently consists of six members.

 

Clemens Hach 
Head of Division

Crisis Prevention, Stabilisation, Post-Conflict Rehabilitation at the German Federal Foreign Office

Anke Konrad 
Head of Division

South Caucasus and Central Asia at the German Federal Foreign Office

Simone Stemmler 
Deputy Head of Division

Afghanistan/Pakistan at the German Federal Foreign Office

Kathrin Greve 
Team Leader

Stabilization Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran at the German Federal Foreign Office

Jean Damy 
Rédacteur principal

Desk Officer TPO/Tunisia/Afghanistan at the Luxembourg Government Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Stephan Opitz
Member of the Management Committee

KfW Development Bank

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the Foundation’s activities. It currently consists of three members, with the Chairman seconded by the KfW Development Bank.

 

Christian Krämer
Chairman

Alexander Bohr
Vice Chairman

Monika Tortschanoff
Member

TEAM

  • Christian Krämer

    Christian acts as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the PATRIP Foundation since 2017. He heads the Pakistan/Afghanistan/Iraq department at KfW Development Bank and is responsible for all projects in this region. Before this he led the KfW’s office for Management Affairs. He was responsible for KfW’s relationship with the supervising Federal ministries like [...]
    Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Alexander Bohr

    Alexander Bohr is the Vice-Chairman of PATRIP Foundation and shares responsibility for the implementation of its programme as well as management of day-to-day operations with his fellow Board Members. Alexander is, in particular, responsible for PATRIP’s cooperation in the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (PAT) region. After studying Geography in Munich, Rio de Janeiro and Tübingen, Alexander worked for [...]
    Vice Chairman
  • Monika Tortschanoff

    Monika joined the PATRIP Foundation in September 2019 as Member of the Board of Directors. Monika is heading PATRIP’s West Africa Team, and she shares responsibility for the  management of the foundation’s day-to-day operations together with her fellow members of the Board of Directors. Holding a master’s degree in law and a University diploma in [...]
    Member Board of Directors
  • Thomas Rival

    Thomas joined the PATRIP Foundation in July 2017 as Assistant to the Board and since May 2019 holds the function of Programme Manager for the region Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan. He is mainly responsible for project management activities of assigned GFFO-funded NGO projects and the further development of the portfolio. Furthermore, he is involved in the strategic development [...]
    Programme Manager (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tadjikistan)
  • David Blohm

    David joined PATRIP in October 2020 as Programme Manager. He primarily manages assigned NGO projects in the West Africa region and contributes to the development of the portfolio.    David studied History, Geography and International Relations at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University College London. After his studies he completed a traineeship for the European Commission’s DG DEVCO, in the office of the Director for West and Central Africa. David then joined the GFA Consulting Group – a German development consultancy firm – as project manager for [...]
    Programme Manager
  • Magdalena Males

    Magdalena holds the position of Junior Programme Manager for the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan region. She is responsible for the management of assigned NGO projects, as well as the Foundation's PR and communications. Magdalena holds a master’s degree in Post-War Recovery Studies from the University of York, UK. Before joining PATRIP in May 2019, Magdalena completed internships with [...]
    Junior Programme Manager
  • Nastaran Safi

    Nastaran joined the PATRIP Foundation in September 2020 as trainee. She supports the management of PATRIP and primarily works in the context of the PAT-Region (Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan). Nastaran is a law student at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. Before joining PATRIP, she gathered work experience in a Paris-based and a Frankfurt-based law firm. She [...]
    Trainee
  • William Janovsky

    William joined PATRIP in August 2020 as a trainee. He supports PATRIP’s West Africa Team in day-to-day operations, including research and communications. William is finalising his master’s degree in public policy at the Philipps University of Marburg. Before joining PATRIP, he worked in a similar position for the German development bank KfW for the governance [...]
    Trainee
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PATRIP Foundation is a non-profit organisation that channels multi-donor funds into cross-border projects aimed at increased stability and integration in fragile regions.

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