SDG Fund (Sustainable Development Goals Fund)

SDG Fund profile

  • Overview

    The Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) is an international multi-donor and multi-agency development mechanism created in 2014 by UNDP, on behalf of the UN system, to support sustainable development activities through integrated and multidimensional joint programmes. The main objective of the SDG-F is to bring together UN agencies, national governments, academia, civil society and business to address the challenges of poverty. It builds on the experience, knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices of the MDG experience, while expanding its activities towards sustainable development and a higher attention on public-private partnerships. Gender and women’s empowerment is a cross-cutting priority in all our areas of work. The SDG-F intends to act as a bridge in the transition from MDGs to SDGs providing concrete experiences on “how” to achieve a sustainable and inclusive world post 2015.

    Quick Facts
    The SDG Fund was established in 2014 by UNDP, on behalf of the UN, with an initial contribution of the Government of Spain to support sustainable development activities through integrated and multidimensional joint programmes.

    SDG Fund joint programmes in 21 countries are directly improving the lives of more than 1 million people.

    SDG Fund joint programmes cover 3 key thematic areas: inclusive growth for poverty eradication, food security and nutrition, and water and sanitation.

    For the implementation of its joint programmes, the SDG Fund builds on the lessons learned from the MDG Achievement Fund.

    The participatory process to formulate joint programmes engaged around 2,000 participants from civil service and government, communities, international development agencies, and the private sector.

    All programmes are joint programmes, meaning they bring together an average of 3 UN agencies in a collective effort. This strengthens the UN’s ability to deliver as one entity.

    14 different UN agencies and hundreds of national counterparts are involved in making the SDG Fund joint activities a reality.

    The SDG Fund also supports activities guaranteeing that lessons learned from achieving MDGs are incorporated in the new development agenda.

    The SDG Fund is fully committed to financial and programmatic transparency. All financial flows are updated through the MPTF financial reporting platform.

    The SDG Fund programmes total budget is approximately USD $60 million. National and international partners provide approximately 55% of these resources in the form of matching funds.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    To better align public-private partnerships for sustainable development, the SDG Fund has established a Private Sector Advisory Group, formed by business leaders of major companies from various industries worldwide:

    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Sustainable Development Goals

    2. Zero hunger; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 10. Reduced inequalities

    Issue areas

    Child Labour; Food and Agriculture; Forced Labour; Labour; Migrant Workers; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Water and Sanitation