Protección social integrada

Leaving No One Behind

Why Integrated policy for SDG acceleration

The investment strategy is based on driving transformation, understood as delivering solutions that accelerate the SDG progress through unlocking systemic policy shift. The focus is on identification and activation of “leverage points” - those policy and/or institutional changes that produce a catalytic “chain-reaction” across sectors and stakeholder groups. The joint programmes aim to spearhead systemic change that yield social impact across the whole spectrum of the SDGs with the spotlight on social groups left behind.

The impact of joint programmes contributes to progress on multiple SDGs, producing catalytic results at scale within reduced timeframes. Given the interdependence of the SDGs, joint programmes facilitate change by working across sectors and silos through an integrated, multidimensional approach that addresses vulnerabilities across the whole life cycle and among priority target groups.

Portfolio Overview


Fund's Investment
Integrated Social Protection
$ 70m
Overall Funding
Integrated Social Protection
$ 102m
Integrated Social Protection

As the strategic instrument for galvanizing SDG acceleration, the Joint SDG Fund invested USD 70 million, and mobilized USD 32 million in co-funding, into a portfolio of 39 countries on integrated policy solutions for social protection to Leave No One Behind (LNOB). The Call for Concept notes was launched in March 2019 and it led to 114 country applications. 35 proposals of the highest quality were developed into full-fledged joint programmes and launched in 2020. 

The portfolio will deliver transformative results at scale by January 2022. It will do this by enabling innovation, local leadership and ownership, and sustained efforts towards transformative results. The urgency of the Decade of Action is echoed in the velocity with which the portfolio will achieve its results - results that  typically require 5 years or more. The joint programmes' theories of change are predicated on the assumption that actions taken at the individual, household and community levels will lead to movements out of poverty by creating a multiplier effect across different SDGs.

The systemic impact of the portfolio manifests in social services, childcare, employment, social cohesion, health care, education and pension systems. The investment prioritizes the most vulnerable and all joint programmes put gender equality and women’s empowerment at the forefront of policy innovation. 

Vulnerable Groups

Number of countries with JPs focusing on each group

All joint programmes mainstream gender, as reflected in the Gender marker.


 Regional Composition in the Portfolio



COVID-19 increased the salience of social protection for the most vulnerable. For this reason, the Fund to provided an opportunity for re-purposing 20% of programme budgets to adapt and respond to the pandemic. The priority was to support the most vulnerable, build back better, and contribute to SDG acceleration by:

  • Designing and institutionalizing comprehensive social protection systems that mainstream human rights to address inequalities, vulnerabilities, and systemic poverty;
  • Making social protection systems more adaptive and resilient in preparation for future shocks due to pandemics, natural disasters or climate change;
  • Facilitating innovation that “break down the silos” and produce coherent, just and sustainable policy outcomes.


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Lisa Kurbiel
Head of Secretariat
Nenad Rava
Head of Programmes