April 29

A Look at How UN Development Funds Are Recalibrating SDG Funding

By Amy Lieberman

The United Nations Joint SDG Fund recently announced that recipients can repurpose up to 20% of their development funding for COVID-19 responses.

The pandemic has stalled some development programming, but it has also highlighted areas of potential impact, such as better health care data analytics. And, increasingly, development organizations are signaling that they would like to pivot their work to COVID-19 response — if available funding is flexible.

“We heard from a handful of recipients that this is an issue, and what we wanted everyone to know is that this is an option for them,” said Lisa Kurbiel, head of the Joint SDG Fund, which supports joint U.N. agency programs and is housed within the U.N. Development Coordination Office.

Photo courtesy of Isriya Paireepairit.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)

global development, SDGs