Multi-Donor Trust Funds

In order to finance joint cluster activities, Multi-Donor Trust Funds (MDTFs) are used on global, regional and country levels.

The following are examples of such funds.

As major new initiative for integrated policy support to advance the SDGs, a new pooled fund has been jointly developed, the Joint Fund for the 2030 Agenda.

The substantive focus of the Joint Fund reflects an area in which the UN, as a smart investor, expects to achieve the greatest impact by allocating its resources wisely. The Fund reflects the UN's financing approach, outlined in the UNDG companion piece, "Funding to Financing", including the need to use limited UN resources as a catalyst to influence much larger financial flows. The Joint Fund also underscores the UNDS's recognition of the need to put in place appropriate policy environments that catalyze investment by reducing risks.

This inter-agency pooled fund seeks to support Member States' efforts to accelerate progress in achieving national sustainable development goals through integrated and interdisciplinary policy support. It is expected that integrated policy implementation can trigger needed responses to help achieve the paradigm shift towards sustainable development.

The Joint Fund, as outlined in these Terms of Reference, will provide programme countries with catalytic policy support (as identified by national stakeholders with UN Country Teams and in their respective UN Development Assistance Frameworks, UNDAF) in response to specific, complex, and multi-dimensional policy challenges. To this end, the Joint Fund will draw on the multi-sectoral policy expertise that exists across the UN to enhance cross-sectoral government approaches to national and sub-national policymaking and policy implementation. It will also provide financing at a scale and duration that allows for deeper policy engagement and innovative approaches.

The United Nations Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework (UN GLSF) is a multi-agency, regional and cross border coordination mechanism to promote peace and security through a multisectoral approach in the region of the Great Lakes including Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

This joint effort encapsulates a development approach to the peace and security issues in the region.

It is aligned to the Road Map of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region and supports the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region.

The respective Multi-Donor Trust Funds supports the implementation of activities of this framework and facilitates the coordination between the involved stakeholders.

United Nations Development Assistant Frameworks (UNDAFs) represent essential frameworks to plan, coordinate and implement joint UN activities for upcoming years in the respective countries, aligning them to national development priorities and strengthening the partnership between Governments, international organizations as well as other stakeholders from the private and public sector.

This joint initiatives are at the very heart of UNCTAD's approach to promote inclusive trade, investment and development in close cooperation with other Inter-Agency Cluster development partners.

The respective MDTFs help to implement the strategic priorities that are outlined in the UNDAFs (e.g. in Albania for the pillar on "Economic Growth, Labor and Agriculture").

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