Published 2018
Local insights, global ambition - what’s needed to allow the United Nations to advance its financing role in countries?
By Richard Bailey and Lisa Orrenius

Richard Bailey is currently working in UN Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) on Funding and Financing, with a particular focus on establishing the Joint Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Fund, which is aiming to support governments accelerate progress towards the SDGs. Previous to this Richard was the Head of the Resident Coordinators Office in Malawi. He has also served in Burkina Faso and Zambia.

Lisa Orrenius is Programme Manager at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. Prior to that, Lisa worked for over a decade for several UN organisations, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Lisa holds a Master of Law from the University of Lund.

Perspective shift: UN embracing financing

The Secretary-General’s June 2017 report about repositioning the UN development system (UNDS) to deliver on the 2030 Agenda calls for a comprehensive overhaul of the UNDS approach to financing. This includes making the United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) better equipped to support governments and national partners unlock broader, non-traditional financing for development.