Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Fund

United Nations
Geographical focus: 
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Education in Tourism
Employment, decent work and capacity building in Tourism
Gender in Tourism
Human Rights in Tourism
Policy and Governance in Tourism
Tourism and Culture
Sustainability of natural resources in Tourism
Intro text: 
The SDG Fund was established in 2014 as a joint initiative of UNDP and the Spanish Development cooperation agency as a new cooperation mechanism that supports integrated and multidimensional joint programmes. It looks to the MDG Achievement Fund, its precursor, as a basis for what works. With a total contribution of USD 900 million, the MDG-F financed 130 joint programmes in 50 countries around the world, in 8 areas: Children, food security and nutrition, gender equality and women’s empowerment, environment and climate change; youth employment and migration; democratic economic governance; development and the private sector; conflict prevention and peace building, culture and development.

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Who can apply?

All the SDG Fund Programmes rely on additional matching funds provided by national and local governments, international donors and the private sector. By requiring matching funds, the SDG Fund expects to increase sustainability and the potential to scale up. Indeed, 56 % of the overall SDG Fund budget comes from matching funds. Over USD 17 million are provided by national partners (government or private sector). This means that national partners have a greater stake in the success and sustainability of programmes.

Objectives and activities

Objective: support sustainable development activities through integrated and multidimensional joint programmes. The SDG Fund intends to act as a bridge in the transition from MDGs to SDGs.

Type and level of funding

Joint programmes: Various specialized agencies of the UN coordinate with each other and their national partners to create integrated responses to issues. This approach is also known as “Delivering as One”.