Published 2021
Maximizing UN leverage where it matters the most: At the country level
By John Hendra and Per Knutsson

Secretary-General António Guterres has convened several high-level events and set out a number of bold recommendations through ‘Our Common Agenda’, advocating for a UN that can act as a catalyst for a more inclusive, networked and effective multilateralism. This article looks at emerging good practices within the UN development system aimed at more effectively leveraging private sector financing for the Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition, the authors argue for assessment of whether the new UN Sustainable Cooperation Frameworks have resulted in more integrated and coherent policy and programming support, and/or helped leverage more strategic funding for the UN at the country level. The article goes on to present findings gleaned by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation on the Funding Compact, which was put in place with the aim of making funding more predictable, flexible and strategic.