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SDG Financing

Filling the gap and reorienting public and private investment towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Why SDG Financing?

World leaders have made ambitious commitments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet, securing enough resources remains a major challenge, with developing countries facing a gap estimated between US$2.5–3 trillion per year. Financing is theoretically available, given the size, scale and level of sophistication of the global financial system—with gross world product and global gross financial assets estimated at over US$85 trillion and US$ 200 trillion respectively.

While the world has never been as rich as it is today, financial flows and wealth, mostly private, do not (or cannot) reach the geographies and people that need them the most. There is no lack of opportunities to fill the gap and reorient public and private investment towards the SDGs. SDGs are being increasingly integrated into public budgets and development cooperation. Not only Governments, but also the financial markets and investors have positively reacted, by starting to demand and claim a stronger integration of the SDGs in public and private investment decisions. Despite opportunities, bottlenecks, and intensified risks—from vulnerability to climate change and economic recessions to health epidemics—persist. Most private investments are still not channeled towards sustainable development at the scale and speed required.

    Crafting a UN Systemic Response

    The UN Joint SDG Fund aims to close the financing gap to achieve the SDGs in developing countries through systemic action by the UN system. This work is fully aligned with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, while interventions are guided by the Secretary-General’s Strategy and Road Map for Financing the 2030 Agenda.

    The Fund is committed to forge paths and partnerships that unlock public and private capital for the SDGs at scale. The work on SDG Financing is structured around two components:

    • Reinforce the SDG financing architecture (Component 1): The Fund supports the development of financing strategies and enabling frameworks for SDG investment.
    • Catalyze strategic investments (Component 2): The Fund will support key initiatives that can leverage public and private financing to advance the SDGs.

    The UN Joint SDG Fund operates through open calls for proposals. The 1st Call for a total envelope of $US100 million was closed on March 31, 2020. Download call documents here and read our blog celebrating its launch here.

    In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis 258 proposals were submitted from +100 countries, reflecting a UN systemic response to accelerate the achievements of the SDGs at the time of COVID-19. They all aim to contribute to a future that is more sustainable, climate-resilient, and inclusive.



    An integrated national financing framework (INFF) helps countries strengthen planning processes and overcome existing impediments to financing sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the country level. It lays out the full range of financing sources – domestic and international sources of both public and private finance – and allows countries to develop a strategy to increase investment, manage risks and achieve sustainable development priorities, as identified in a country’s national sustainable development strategy.


    Portfolio Overview

    Country Joint Programme Title
    Albania Strategic Policy Options for SDG Financing
    Armenia Making Finance Work for Transformative Change in Armenia: UN-locking Finance for Armenia 2030
    Azerbaijan Financing the Future - Aligning Budgeting, Planning and Mobilizing Financing Through an Integrated National Financing Framework
    Bangladesh Integrated National Financing Framework for Accelerating Achievement of SDGs (INFF4SDGs) in Bangladesh
    Belarus Promoting SDG Performance-based Budgeting that Prioritize Vulnerable Populations in Belarus
    Benin Support the SDGs-based Budgeting in Benin Through Fiscal Space and Efficiency Enhancement
    Bhutan Additional Financing Leveraged to Accelerate SDG Achievement
    Bolivia Funding Guidelines for the Response to Violence Against Women and Children
    Bosnia and Herzegovina Towards the SDG Financing Ecosystem in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Botswana Support Implementation of SDG Financing Strategy Through an Integrated National Financing Framework
    Burundi Strengthening the Architecture and the Ecosystem for Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Burundi: A Synergy of Actions for Integrated Solutions
    Cabo Verde Sustainable, Integrated and Inclusive Finance Framework for Cabo Verde
    Cambodia Integrated National Financing Framework to Catalyze Blended Finance for Transformative CSDG Achievement
    Cameroon Implementing the Integrated National Financing Framework for Cameroon to Unlock, Leverage and Catalyze Resources to Accelerate SDG Achievement for Inclusive Growth
    Colombia Roadmap for an Integrated National Financing Framework in Colombia
    Comoros Strengthening SDG Financing Framework and Ecosystem in Comoros to Meet the SDGs
    Congo DR Create an Enabling Environment to Leverage Additional Financing to Accelerate SDG Achievement
    Costa Rica Strengthening Costa Rica´s SDG Financing Architecture Through Resource Alignment with National Goals and Improved Education Sector Public Spending
    Cuba Support for the Development of an Integrated National Financing Framework for the SDGs in Cuba
    Djibouti Integrated Financing for SDGs Acceleration and Resilience in Djibouti
    Ecuador Financing SDGs in Ecuador and targeting chronic child malnutrition
    Egypt UN Joint SDG Fund Support to Egypt Integrated SDGs Financing
    Fiji Unlocking SDG Financing in the Pacific
    Gabon Gabon and the SDGs “Beyond Oil”: Financing a Rapid and Sustainable Transition from a “Brown” to a “Green” Economy
    Ghana Accelerating Attainment of SDG in Ghana
    Guatemala Strengthening Guatemala’s Financial Architecture to Finance the Great National Crusade for Nutrition
    Guinea Guinea National Integrated Financing and Implementation Strategy for SDG Achievement
    Haiti Haiti in Crisis: A National Consultation on Reform Priorities and Financing Options for Accelerated SDG Achievement
    Jamaica Improving Efficiency, Effectiveness and Equity in Public Expenditure in Jamaica for SDG Acceleration
    Jordan Accelerating Jordan’s Progress towards SDGs by Establishing Building Blocks of an Integrated Financing Framework
    Kazakhstan Aligning Policy and Financing with SDGs Towards an Integrated National Financing Framework in Kazakhstan
    Kyrgyzstan Enhanced Financing Opportunities and Alignment with National Sustainable Development Goals Through an Integrated National Financing Framework for Kyrgyzstan
    Lao PDR Efficiency and Optimization of Lao PDR’s Public Budget to Finance the SDGs Through the National Plan
    Lebanon Gender Responsive National Budgeting and Private Investing for SDG2-Zero Hunger
    Lesotho Joint Programme on Economic and Financial Management Integration for the Achievement of SDGs
    Malawi Strengthening Malawi’s Financing Architecture at National and Local Level
    Malaysia INFF: Developing Financing Partnerships to Accelerate SDG Achievements in Malaysia
    Maldives Operationalizing Integrated National Financing Framework in the Maldives to prioritize and mobilize financing for Climate Action and Quality Social Service Delivery to accelerate the achievement of Agenda 2030
    Mali Joint Programme for Influencing Financing of Human Capital Development in Mali
    Mauritania Institutionalizing and Leveraging Zakat to Finance SDGs in Mauritania
    MCO Barbados Harnessing Blue Economy Finance for SIDS Recovery and Sustainable Development
    MCO Samoa Sustainable Financing for the 2030 Agenda Through Viable INFF in Cook Islands, Niue and Samoa
    Mexico Improving the allocation of risks and resources in Mexico for sustainable development
    Mongolia Rolling Out an Integrated Approach to the SDG Financing in Mongolia
    Morocco Roadmap for an Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals Financing Framework
    Namibia Strengthening Namibia’s Financing Architecture for Enhanced Quality & Scale of Financing for SDGs
    Nepal Reorienting Public Finance for SDGs Acceleration and Leveraging Additional Resources in Nepal
    Philippines Reaping the Demographic Dividend and Managing the Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 by Applying an Integrated National Financing Framework in the Philippines
    Rwanda Enhancing development finance and effectiveness in Rwanda through integrated and innovative approaches for National Priorities and the SDGs
    Sierra Leone Strengthening Domestic Resources Mobilisation for SDGs Financing in Sierra Leone
    South Sudan Strengthened National and Subnational Public Financial Management (PFM) mechanisms in South Sudan for Increased Budget Allocations To Social Service Sector
    Suriname Roadmap for a Sustainable Financial System for Suriname
    Tajikistan Financing SDGs in Tajikistan
    Timor-Leste Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) and Financial Diversification in Timor-Leste
    Togo Improving development financing for the achievement of SDGs in Togo
    Tunisia Mobilizing Public-Private, Innovative and Alternative Financing as Levers SDG Financing Architecture for Tunisia
    Uganda Integrating Policy and Financing for Accelerated Progress on SDGs in Uganda
    Ukraine Promoting Strategic Planning and Financing for Sustainable Development on National and Regional Level in Ukraine
    Uruguay Reshaping market conditions and strategy to finance the transition to sustainable development in Uruguay
    Uzbekistan Establishment of an Integrated National Financing Framework for Sustainable Development in Uzbekistan
    Vietnam Supporting Viet Nam Towards the 2030 Integrated Finance Strategy for Accelerating the Achievement of the SDGs
    Zambia Zambia’s Integrated Financing Framework for Sustainable Development

    Country Joint Programme Title
    Angola Impact Angola Catalytic Financing
    Barbados Blue Invest: A facility for Caribbean SIDS' Financial Expansion
    Bolivia Green, Social and Gender Investments for Sustainable Development in a post Covid-19 Recovery Context in Bolivia
    Cambodia CLEAN – Innovative Climate Adaptation & mitigation financing mechanism
    Egypt Catalyzing private investments for a green and competitive Egyptian economy
    Fiji Investing in Coral Reefs and the Blue Economy
    Ghana Innovative Financing to rapidly improve sustainable basic sanitation and waste management in Ghana
    Indonesia Driving Public and Private Capital Towards Green and Social Investments in Indonesia
    Iraq Sustainable Communities: Eco-Innovative gender responsive Economic Growth
    Jamaica Financing the SDGs: Jamaica's Innovative Outcome Fund
    Jordan Investing in SDG Acceleration
    Kazakhstan SDG Finance Accelerator
    Kenya UN Kenya Champions operationalization of world's first Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Development Impact Bond
    Libya Public -Private-Community Partnership for Solid Waste Management
    Madagascar Unlocking Sustainable and Structural Investments for an Inclusive and green Development of Madagascar Joint Programme
    Malawi "Build" Malawi Window under the Build Fund
    Mexico Innovative financing schemes for climate resilience, gender equality and the creation of green jobs, aimed at strengthening the agro-industry and the social economy in the South-Southeast region of Mexico
    Moldova Climate Investment and Innovation Fund Program in Moldova
    North Macedonia Green Financing Facility to Improve Air Quality and Combat Climate Change in North Macedonia
    Papua New Guinea Investing in Coral Reefs and the Blue Economy
    Rwanda A Thousand Health Posts in the Land of a Thousand Hills: Promoting Universal Health Coverage by Catalyzing Investments in Financially and Environmentally Sustainable Primary Health Care
    Sri Lanka Sri Lanka SDG Programmatic Bond
    Sudan Solar Revolution for Transforming Lives through National Solar Fund Scheme
    Suriname The Accelerator for Agriculture and Agroindustry Development and Innovation Plus (3ADI+): Sustainable Pineapple Value Chain Development
    Uganda Accelerating Innovative Finance for Renewable Energy in Social Sectors and UN operations in Uganda
    Uruguay Innovative Finance for Clean Tech Solutions in Uruguay's Renewable Energy Sector: The Renewable Energy Innovation Fund (REIF)
    Zambia Zambia Tobacco Control Social Impact Bond (TSIB)
    Zimbabwe Catalyzing Investments in Climate and Sustainable Energy for productive use and the Achievement of SDGs in Zimbabwe


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    The Joint SDG Fund aims to inspire a shift in the way the United Nations “do development” by placing the focus on integrated policy, strategic investments and financing, and robust partnerships. The Fund incentivizes partners to adopt strategic financing and integrated policy solutions because smarter, collective investments can accelerate the SDGs.

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    Our Investor Advisory Groups (IAGs) are made of world renewed SDG financing leaders from commercial banks, impact investing firms, venture capital philanthropy, and international financial institutions. Strategic partnerships are critical for long-term success and to reach the 2030 Agenda.


    Main Contacts
    Lisa Kurbiel
    Head of Secretariat
    Massimiliano Riva
    Massimiliano Riva
    Investment Advisor