Published 2017
UN pooled funds: A game-changer in financing Agenda 2030
By UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office is a UN centre of expertise on pooled financing mechanisms. Hosted by UNDP, it provides fund design and fund administration services to the UN system, national governments and non-governmental partners. The UN MPTF Office operates in over 110 countries and has transferred over US$ 9.5 billion from over 120 contributors to 67 participating organisations since its inception in 2004.

Achieving sustainable development results at the level of scale and ambition inherent in Agenda 2030 will require extensive mobilisation, joined-up systems and approaches, strong leadership and organisation. This is where UN multi-partner pooled funds offer a distinct advantage relative to project-based instruments and where the UN development system (UNDS) experience with such funds is key. The experience and performance of UN inter-agency and multi-partner pooled funds at the global, thematic and country levels have been widely documented and recognised. Since 2004, pooled financing instruments have been extensively applied and tested in advancing progress toward humanitarian, peace, development and climate goals in the UN, international financial institutions (IFIs), bilateral actors, private sector and beyond.