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Interview on the SDG Fund at The Guardian
SDG-F in Honduras The SDG Fund programme aims to reduce the poverty levels of vulnerable rural populations, including youth and women, through the development of sustainable cultural tourism initiatives. Of the total number of beneficiaries, at least 60% are women. The programme seeks to promote inclusive local economic development. It takes on a participatory approach incorporating indigenous groups, the private sector, and establishing alliances with social services to prevent gender-based violence and alcoholism.
SDG-F in Mozambique Youth employment and extractives are both signature issues for the UN in Mozambique. This SDG Fund joint programme focuses on the provinces of Nampula and Cabo Delgado, where the extractive sector is active. The programme will promote and facilitate gender-sensitive employment policies and work force skills. Also, it will improve small business production and business linkages to selected multinational enterprises (MNEs).
Report published in conjunction with Harvard's Kennedy School and Business Fights Poverty, entitled, Business and the United Nations: Working together towards the Sustainable Development Goals: A Framework for Action outlines the business and development case for increased UN business engagement as well as recommendations on the ways that the UN can work more effectively on this shared imperative. Download:
SDG-F in El Salvador The SDG Fund programme takes a multi-sectorial and multidimensional approach, with inclusion and participation of actors linked to food security and nutrition at different stages of the project cycle. It supports the Government’s plan, “El Salvador Ahead.”
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SDG-F in Ethiopia The SDG Fund programme on Rural Women´s Economic Empowerment has been developed to accelerate economic empowerment of rural women in 2 regions, Afar and Oromia. It has been developed as a separate and differentiated component of the Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment implemented by the Government of Ethiopia and UN agencies, and coordinated by UN Women.
SDG-F in Peru The SDG Fund joint programme seeks to create a value chain of quinoa production that will improve the production of grains, increase the income of small farmers, and improve the overall quality of food and nutrition in the community.
SGD-F in Colombia This SDG Fund programme will be implemented in 4 municipalities in the South of Cauca, with great potential in paving the way towards progress on rural development. The programme aims to create employment, livelihood, better nutrition and, most importantly, peace in Cauca, through the sustainable agricultural production of indigenous crops. The targeted groups include approximately 1000 families and 20 rural farmer organizations.
SDG-F in Guatemala The SDG Fund programme proposes a series of interventions to achieve the overall objective of contributing to food security and nutrition of women and children under 5 years. In 4 municipalities in San Marcos, the focus will be on strengthening local governance mechanisms and public institutions at the local, state and national level.
SDG-F in Ecuador The SDG Fund programme aims to contribute to strengthening local food systems, provide better access to safe and nutritious food, and increase the nutrition of families under Ecuador's National Strategy. The programme's objectives will be achieved by strengthening public policy and support for strengthening local production.
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SDG-F in Cote d'Ivoire The SDG Fund joint programme seeks to create economic and job opportunities for vulnerable groups, especially women and youth, through productive income generating activities and local entrepreneurship promotion. It is working to ensure food security and improve nutrition in the poorest households. Also, it aims to improve access for vulnerable groups to information on their rights and legal assistance for better social and economic integration.


The Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) is a multi-donor and multi-agency development cooperation mechanism created in 2014 by UNDP, on behalf of the UN system, with an initial contribution of the Government of Spain to support sustainable development activities through integrated and multidimensional joint programmes. It builds on the experience, knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices of the Millennium Development Goals, 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 areas of work. Its main objective is to bring together UN agencies, governments, academia, civil society and business to address the challenges of poverty, promote the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve SDGs.


The approach

The SDG-F operates at the country level through joint programmes implemented by specialized UN agencies in collaboration with national counterparts and other stakeholders to bring integrated and holistic approaches to national and local development challenges. 

Joint programmes with multidimensional and inter-sectorial approaches can bring integrated solutions that are more effective in tackling complex problems. The case of nutrition and food security can serve as an example. By bringing together the expertise of various UN Agencies, SDG-F joint programmes can put in place multi-sectorial approaches that include important issues such as nutritional education, gender equality and empowerment of women, agricultural production and health, among others. Joint programmes are helping to overcome the limitations of the traditional sectorial approach (the “silo” approach) to development initiatives.

14 UN agencies are currently delivering together in the SDG Fund activities: UNDP, FAO, UNICEF, UN Women, WFP, ILO, PAHO/WHO, UNIDO, ITC, WHO, UNFPA, UN DESA, IFAD and UNESCO.


Areas of intervention

The SDG-F works in achieving the SDGs. For a detailed explanation of how the SDG Fund is currently contributing to achieve SDGs, please visit:


Financial contributors

National and international partners, including private sector, are contributing approximately 55% of the financial resources via matching Funds (for a total of over $38,500,000 in matching funds).

SDG Fund Joint Programmes are supported through matching funds by the following contributors: Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, El Salvador, European Commission, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, United Kingdom/DFID, USA/USAID and Viet Nam.



The SDG-F is financing Joint Programmes with a total budget of $67,000,000 in 22 different countries across four regions (Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean) bringing together 14 different UN Agencies. 

Public-private partnerships for sustainable development                                                                                                                 

The SDG-F is working together with major stakeholders towards sustainable development, including the private sector.

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. These leaders are helping the SDG Fund to build a roadmap for how public-private alliances can provide large-scale solutions for achieving the new SDGs. Its aim is to collaborate and discuss practical solutions pertaining to the common challenges of contemporary sustainability. The list of participating business include: BBVA Microfinance Foundation, Ebro Foods, EY Consulting Services, Ferrovial, Grupo Nutresa, H&M, Microsoft, Organización Ardila Lülle, Pvblic Foundation, SABMiller, Sahara Group, Seres Foundation and Tongwei Solar.

Some industries represented in this advisory group include oil, food, media, consultancy, microfinance, infrastructure, energy, and clothing.

The Advisory Group is committed to identifying areas of common interest and deciphering the best methods of UN-Private Sector engagement, as well as offering suggestions for how to work more effectively with one another at the country level. In this line, the SDG Fund published a report in conjunction with Harvard's Kennedy School and Business Fights Poverty, entitled Business and the United Nations: Working together towards the Sustainable Development Goals: A Framework for Action, which outlines the business and development case for increased UN business engagement as well as recommendations on the ways that the UN can work more effectively on this shared imperative. In 2016, the SDG Fund and its Advisory Group, together with Global Compact, launch a new report on “Universality and the SDGs: A Business Perspective”, which highlights varied perspectives from both large and small companies working to understand the commonality of the new development agenda and the challenges to partner around it.



Steering Committee, represented at the highest level by UN Agencies, participating and contributing Member States and various SDG-F stakeholders (e.g. representatives from the private sector and matching funds contributors), meets at least once per year and provides overall guidance and strategic direction. 

The SDG-F Secretariat, a small, specialized and technical team sitting on UNDP’s Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, will ensures that the decisions of the Steering Committee are applied and followed up and will coordinate the programmatic, advocacy, evaluation and knowledge management aspects of the SDG-F. 

The SDG-F was conceived as a permanent facility (and therefore without a scheduled operational closure) to channel strategic joint efforts of UN Agencies, Member States and other development partners to advance sustainable development. The new facility was born at precisely the same time that the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development was approved and it intends to be a means of implementation of this new framework for international aid for the period 2015-2030.   

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 SDG-F Steering  Committee. 

For more information on the SDG-F’s and its joint programmes proposals process: and

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 58,795,209  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 715,111  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 20,115  
Other Income 2,243  
Fund balance transferred to another MDTF -11,700,000  
Refunds by Administrative Agent to Contributors -3,650,000  
Total source of funds   44,182,677
Transferred to Participating Organizations 36,326,136  
Transfers to MDTFs 1,730,047  
      - Sub-total Transfers 38,056,183  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -583,728  
Administrative Agent Fee 587,952  
Direct Cost 5,917,125  
Bank Charges 6,331  
Total use of funds   43,983,863
Balance with Administrative Agent   198,814
As a percentage of deposits   0.3%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 47,561,319  
Total resources   47,561,319
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 43,177,038  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -4,171,739  
Total expenses     47,348,777
Balance with Participating Organizations   212,542
As a percentage of transfers   0.4%
Total Balance of Funds   411,356
As a percentage of deposits   0.7%
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For Policy and Programme Issues

Sustainable Development Goals Fund Secretariat, UNDP, One UN Plaza,  East 44th Street, NY 10017, USA, DC-1950 Telephone: +1-646-781-4255 

  • Mr. Raul de Mora Jimenez,  E-mail:

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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