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In December 2006, UNDP and the Government of Spain signed an agreement to establish a new fund to accelerate efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), and to support UN reform efforts at the country level. The Government of Spain committed €528 million to the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) for programming between 2007 and 2010.

The MDG-F supports innovative actions with the potential for wide replication and high-impact in 59 countries, within the framework of the Millennium Declaration's global partnership for development and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The MDG-F's decisions and approach are guided by the imperatives of ensuring national and local ownership, alignment with national policies and procedures, coordination with other donors, results-orientation and mutual accountability.

The MDG-F operates through the UN development system and finance, collaborative UN activities that leverage the value-added of the UN, particularly where the UN's collective strength could be harnessed in order to address multi-dimensional development challenges. The MDG-F supports eight thematic areas: democratic governance, gender equality and women's empowerment, basic social services, economic and private sector development, environment and climate change, culture and development and conflict prevention and peace building.

The MDG-F Steering Committee Secretariat is located in UNDP. UNDP's Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) provides the Administrative Agent functions of the Fund.

To read more about how the MDG-F operates, review the Framework Document.

This is UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office website on the MDG Achievement Fund. To visit the official MDG-F website, click here.


Assistance Strategy

The MDG-F aims to accelerate progress towards attainment of the MDGs in select countries by:

  • Supporting policies and programmes that promise significant and measurable impact on select MDGs;
  • Financing the testing and/or scaling-up of successful models;
  • Catalysing innovations in development practice; and
  • Adopting mechanisms that improve the quality of aid as foreseen in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

A number of principles will guide the MDG-F activities. It is designed to aid country-level interventions, which seek to:

  1. Support programmes anchored in national priorities in line with the Paris Declaration;
  2. Ensure the sustainability of its investments;
  3. Apply the highest standards in quality of programme formulation, monitoring and evaluation within a management framework oriented towards results and accountability;
  4. Consolidate inter-agency planning and management systems at the country level;
  5. Minimize the transaction costs associated with administering the Fund.

Activities supported by the MDG-F at the country level take the form of Joint UN Programmes where multiple UN organizations collaborate around a common programmatic goal. Funds will be channeled to Participating UN Organizations to meet their commitments to the Joint Programme, through the Administrative Agent.

The central driver of the MDG-F's success and achievement will be the leadership of the Resident Coordinators working with their respective Country Teams.



The MDG-F Steering Committee provides MDG-F with overall leadership. The Steering Committee sets the strategic direction of the Fund, decides on financial allocations to joint programmes, monitors strategic allocations and delivery amongst priorities and countries, and tracks Fund-wide progress.

The MDG-F Secretariat, located in the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy in UNDP headquarters, services the Steering Committee. It ensures policies and strategies decided by the Steering Committee are implemented and adhered to. The Secretariat also manages the proposal review process and manages the Fund's overall monitoring and evaluation strategy.

The UN Resident Coordinator provides ongoing oversight to the joint programme(s) at the national level, and that the participating UN organizations are meeting their obligations. The Resident Coordinator is entrusted with leadership of the overall programme design, ongoing programmatic oversight of the MDG-F activities and co-chairing regular National Steering Committee meetings. He/she also facilitates ongoing monitoring and evaluation of MDG-F activities in conformity with UN standards.

A National Steering Committee (NSC) is established in each country to provide oversight and strategic guidance to the programme(s) as well as approving Joint Programme Document(s) before submission to the MDG-F Steering Committee, the annual workplans and budgets. The NSC membership consists of non-implementing parties to allow for independence and includes a representative of the Government, a representative from Government of Spain and the RC. The RC and the Government representative co-chair the NSC. Other representatives, such as civil society or other donors, and observers may be invited by the co-chairs. Depending on the country specific context other formal members may be included in the NSC. The NSC normally meets semi-annually and makes decisions by consensus. The NSC agrees upon its Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure.

A Project Management Committee (PMC) is established at the national level for each individual joint programme. The PMC's role is to provide operational coordination to the Joint Programme. Membership consists of implementing Participating UN Organizations and relevant Government counterparts. The RC or his/her designate chairs the PMC. The PMC meets quarterly, but meet more frequently as necessary. The NSC and PMC seek to integrate its work under the UNDAF thematic structures in place at the country level.

The UNDP MPTF Office serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) and is responsible for concluding the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Participating UN Organizations. It receives, administers and manages funds approved by the MDG-F Steering Committee for country-level joint programmes. It disburses these funds to the Participating UN Organizations in accordance with the decisions of the NSCs. The AA also consolidates financial and narrative progress reports.


Decision Making Process

The approval process was a rigorous and methodical exercise carried out in two stages: country level and global level. The purpose was  to ensure: (a) that the various actors in Joint Programmes are clear in the identification of problems and their planned solutions; (b) ownership by the recipient country governments; and (c) their linkages to international and national priorities.

All funds have been allocated and programmes are operationally closed as of 30 June 2013.


Recent Documents

This tab shows only recent documents relevant at the Fund level. To see more documents at both the fund and project level go to the Document Center.

Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 705,794,972  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 13,633,133  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 4,159,937  
Fund balance transferred to another MDTF -32,370,504  
Refunds by Administrative Agent to Contributors -15,033,560  
Total source of funds   676,183,977
Transferred to Participating Organizations 683,532,347  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -14,351,887  
Administrative Agent Fee 6,988,069  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 15,448  
Total use of funds   676,183,977
Balance with Administrative Agent   0
As a percentage of deposits   0.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 683,532,347  
Total resources   683,532,347
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 669,180,461  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -14,351,887  
Total expenses     683,532,347
Balance with Participating Organizations   0
As a percentage of transfers   0%
Total Balance of Funds   0
As a percentage of deposits   0.0%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

MDG Achievement Fund Secretariat, UNDP, 220 East 42nd Street, DN-2018, NY 10017, USA, Telephone: +1-646-781-4255+1-646-781-4255 , Website:          


For Fund Administrative Agent Issues

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau for Management Services, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;  

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