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2019: Integrated national financing frameworks for sustainable development

Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019 cover imageIn response to the 2030 Agenda, many countries have shown renewed interest in national development strategies. The number of countries with national development plan almost doubled between 2006 and 2016. Yet, most strategies and plans do not have concrete financing plans to fund their implementation.

Integrated national financing frameworks are a tool to finance national priorities and operationalize the Addis Agenda at the national level. A country’s sustainable development strategy lays out what needs to be financed. Integrated national financing frameworks spell out how the national strategy will be financed and implemented.

The thematic chapter aims to provide guidance to Member States as they design and implement integrated national financing frameworks, informed by lessons from early implementation efforts. It presents four building blocks for operationalization: (i) assessments and diagnostics; (ii) design of the financing strategy; (iii) mechanisms for monitoring, review and accountability; and (iv) governance and coordination mechanisms.

Chapter II: Integrated national financing frameworks for sustainable development


The Inter-Agency Task Force has now been tasked with supporting countries’ efforts to operationalise integrated national financing frameworks by developing toolkits and guidance material. At the same time, the Secretary-General’s Strategy for Financing the 2030 Agenda and its three-year Roadmap of actions and initiatives commits the UN development system to support countries to adopt and implement INFFs. A number of countries have decided to ‘pioneer’ the INFF concept with support from the United Nations and the European Union.

A working draft of a first module – on an INFF inception phase – has been published. This module is the first in a series of guidance documents that the Task Force will prepare. They will build on the 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report and its thematic chapter.



Please share any reflections, comments and inputs on the working drafts of the modules via email to: developmentfinance@un.org.