Joint SDG Fund (Observer)

Joint SDG Fund (Observer)

The Joint SDG Fund is an inter-agency, pooled mechanism for integrated policy support and strategic financing. We act as a bridge for those taking action to deliver substantive and efficient results on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Inspired by the Secretary General’s reform of the United Nations, the Joint SDG Fund works across all 17 global goals to transform current development practices and put countries on a sustainable and resilient track. A critical instrument for incentivizing and enabling new approaches, we draw from existing expertise across the United Nations Development System and broad network of partners. Think of us as the “muscle” for a new generation of United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) and Resident Coordinators.

Our role is to incite a shift in the way we “do” development, placing the focus on policy, investments, financing, and partnerships. We provide flexible, reliable, and regular support to development programmes that embody new ways of thinking. Initiatives are built on context-specific, scalable, and integrated approaches.

Stimulating shifts in the uptake of integrated and transformative policies can lead to the creation of smart financing strategies that put SDG progress into high gear at global, regional, and country levels. The programmes we support are nationally owned and led, each built on a country’s unique development assistance framework (UNDAF).

We plan to Leave No One Behind by accelerating SDG gains and mainstreaming intersectional issues like human rights, gender, youth, the environment, and people with disabilities

Accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Agenda means getting the right economic, social and environmental policies in place and taking them to scale as quickly as possible. Societies, worldwide, must come together now to implement sustainable and transformative initiatives that include integrated policies informed by a rights based agenda.

If we want to Leave No One Behind we have to fast track SDG gains while mainstreaming issues like human rights, gender, youth, the environment, and people living with disabilities. The Joint SDG Fund aims to inspire a shift in the way we “do development” by placing the focus on integrated policy, strategic investments and financing, and robust partnerships. We incentivize partners to adopt strategic financing and integrated policy solutions because smarter, collective investments can accelerate the SDGs.

(Remark: all evaluation reports conducted before 2020 are from the Joint Programmes funded by the previous SDG-F and MDG-F. Only the reports after 2020 are related to the Joint SDG Fund.)

Evaluation Function Snapshot Independence Agenda Setting & Evaluation Planning Quality Assurance Use of Evaluation Joint Evaluation

Evaluation Function

The Terms of Reference provide basis for development and implementation of Joint Programmes including results-based management and monitoring and evaluation. 

All Joint Programmes are responsible for designing their own M&E frameworks, including developing a quantitative and qualitative baseline during the implementation phase, and a final evaluation at the end of the joint programme. 

Approval of Joint Programmes by the Fund's Operational Steering Committee under the strategic guidance of the Deputy Secretary General and the Strategic Advisory Group. 






Final evaluations are conducted by external evaluators with quality assurance as per UN norms.

Agenda Setting & Evaluation Planning




Quality Assurance

Use of Evaluation

Joint Evaluation

All programme evaluations are joint in nature - they assess an entire joint programme without distinction between the various agencies that have taken part in its implementation. Final evaluations are commissioned by the RC, and financed and managed by joint programme teams. 



UNEG Members

Heewoong Kim

Reporting & Evaluation Lead , JSF

Fact Sheet