From Global Agenda To National Action

Thematic window Delivering as One
Sub thematic area Delivering as One
Sub thematic area joint programmes
Sub thematic area national ownership
Type Discussion Paper
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The purpose of this publication is to review and highlight the effectiveness of the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) as a development cooperation mechanism. The MDG-F focuses on three features that distinguish it from other international mechanisms: (i) the promotion of intersectoral approaches to deal with complex development challenges with a view to accelerating the achievement of the MDGs; (ii) the implementation of the Paris Declarations principles, both at the national and local levels, as a tool for MDG achievement; and (iii) the enhancement of the UN system-wide coherence to increase coordination and effectiveness in supporting countries in achieving the MDGs.

This research is divided into two parts. The first presents finding in relation to the three overarching goals outlined above, using evidence from programmes across the 50 countries in which the MDG-F has operated in the period from 2008-2013. The second part presents six in-depth country case studies.

The research's policy implications may help national governments to reflect on innovative, intersectoral programmes that can contribute to achieving the MDGs and the future sustainable development goals. The report can also inspire the UN system to deepen system-wide coherence reform and reflect upon the added value of multiple-agency coordinated interventions. Finally, the paper can help international donor to consider the appropriateness of investing in intersectoral and joint initiatives at the country level.


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