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Tools for » Partnerships as Knowledge, Dialogue and Mobilization for Sustainable Development
Project ID:00095091Description:PARTNERSHIPS AS KNOWLEDGE
SDG Fund
Start Date *: 6 May 2015
UN Partnerships
End Date*: 15 Dec 2017
Country: United Nations Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the new development agenda that will guide efforts for international cooperation in the next fifteen years, to 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals, which replace and build on the Millennium Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F), created by UNDP and the Spanish government, is the first mechanism specifically created for the achievement of the SDGs and draws on the legacy and experiences of its predecessor, the MDG Fund. This project aims to generate knowledge and encourage dialogue and mobilization around the transition from the MDGS to the SDGs in 2015.

An unprecedented, open consultation process regarding the post-2015 agenda has prepared the ground for the adoption of this new development agenda. The process included the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG), the High Level Panel, consultations at the national, regional and thematic level led by the United Nations Development Group, the MyWorld online survey and high-level debates organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly, among others. From now until the end of 2015, it is up to Member States to define what specific goals and targets will finally be included as part of the SDGs.

At the same time, discussion has intensified around the question of how to ensure this agenda is put into place on the ground and in practice, all the while remembering the lessons learned from the MDGs: the need to draw on concrete experience; the importance of mobilizing all relevant actors from the get-go, cooperation agencies, but also governments, civil society, universities and the private sector; that ensuring national ownership and integrated solutions is essential for achieving sustainable development; and building the skills necessary for putting into practice what will be an ambitious and universal agenda.

In fact, the administrative agreement between the Spanish government and UNDP for the creation of the new Sustainable Development Goals Fund identifies one of its objectives as “sharing and disseminating the lessons learnt from the MDG-F as identified in the debates concerning the design of the future agenda for development post-2015, and contributing to discussions regarding these”.


In particular, the expected outcomes include: 

  • Reassert the value of the SDG-F as a mechanism for inter-agency cooperation. This involves providing decision-makers involved in the process of defining (and financing) the post-2015 development agenda with information and research regarding the Fund’s approach for the achievement of the SDGs, the national ownership principle and inclusive responses to development challenges.
  • Establish spaces for dialogue, debate and training, aimed at collective reflection on how to best put the post-2015 agenda into practice in order to achieve the proposed goals.
  • Mobilizing those actors which are essential to the success of the post-2015 agenda, including universities, the private sector and political authorities.
  • To identify and disseminate good practices of institutional strengthening, focusing on one or several SDGs and to provide technical assistance and institutional strengthening for national and local institutions that might request technical assistance, creating connections and opportunities for collaboration between institutions and university centers.


This proposal, aiming to guide the implementation of the post-2015 agenda, rests on two interrelated activity projects:


Activity 1: Knowledge, Dialogue and Mobilization for Sustainable Development in the post-2015 era 

  • Generating knowledge: Activities include the production of a case study using the Fund’s model as a tool for the financing and implementation of the sustainable development agenda. A catalogue of promising practices for sustainable development will be developed and other knowledge management activities.
  • Debate and dialogue: Organizing dialogues, debate forums and other activities with the key actors that will need to be mobilized in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on the private sector. This would include organizing parallel events during UN events and summits.
  • Communication and social mobilization: Leveraging media relations, developing social media campaigns, developing initiatives with the private sector and involving academia will encourage the mobilization of actors for the achievement of the SDGs.


Activity 2: Project of research and academic advocacy for institutional strengthening and conflict prevention

  • Institutional strengthening good practices. The elaboration of a compendium of institutional strengthening experiences. The selection and documentation of these practices will focus on identifying factors that influence the success of institutional strengthening programmes.
  • The SDG Fund contribution towards institutional strengthening to achieve the Agenda post 2015. Analysis report on how the SDG Fund can best contribute towards institutional strengthening and capacity building. This analysis is expected to assess the possibility of opening a new initiative (work theme with a possible call for joint programmes proposals).
  • Dialogues, trainings, communication and advocacy. Organization of dialogues to debate how development actors can best contribute towards institutional strengthening and capacity building, from which we expect to establish a roadmap. Production of communication materials such as blogposts, interviews with experts, government representatives, videos, policy briefs.



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