Tools and guidelines for development practioners

Latest tools and guidelines

UNDP tools and approaches assist Country Offices and external partners in implementing the SDGs. Together, they constitute the menu of services being offered through the MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) project. Some tools provide concrete instruments to support Governments, while others offer more strategic guidance.


 

Mainstreaming


Rapid Integrated Assessment

Rapid Integrated Assessment

The RIA aims to aid countries to assess their readiness to implement the SDGs. The assessment is a first step in the process of localizing the SDGs. It reviews the current National/Sub-national Development Plans and relevant sector strategies, and provides an indicative overview of the level of alignment between the plans/strategies and SDG targets. It also identifies the potential need for multi-sectoral coordination around the achievement of specific SDG targets.


Institutional and coord mechanisms

Institutional and Coordination Mechanisms: Guidance Note on Facilitating Integration and Coherence for SDG Implementation

The Institutional and Coordination Mechanisms guidance note aims to provide information on how countries have adapted their existing institutional and coordination frameworks or established new ones in order to implement the SDGs. It highlights efforts to mobilize institutions around the SDGs, improve their functioning, and promote horizontal and vertical coherence. The guidance note includes information on how responsibility is allocated amongst various levels of Government for coherent implementation and review of the 2030 Agenda. It provides an overview of key factors a country should take into account when establishing a new institutional framework or adapting their existing one.


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Parliaments and the Sustainable Development Goals: A self-assessment toolkit

The toolkit is designed jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UNDP to enable parliamentarians to identify good practices, gaps, opportunities and lessons learned – effectively institutionalising the new agenda and mainstreaming the various goals into the legislative process. The toolkit is available in English, Spanish, French and Arab.


SIGOB - Management System for Governance

UNDP-SIGOB focuses on the kind of support needed by a steering SDG body to be successful in delivering results on a broad and complex agenda. It is a regional project with global products that works towards more effective, responsive and accountable public institutions through innovation in management methods and tools to manage implementation of the agenda, serve as engagement mechanism with non-government actors around the SDG agenda and support monitoring progress and country-led reporting on the SDGs.


Localizing toolbox

Localization Toolkit

A practical toolkit to facilitate SDG implementation at local level, in collaboration with the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments and UN-HABITAT.

 

 


 

Acceleration and prioritisation


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Modelling tools for sustainable development

Realizing the 2030 Agenda requires careful management of complex links and trade-offs. Success depends in part on good planning and informed decision-making, which can be guided by modeling tools that provide insights and analysis. UNDP and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) have pioneered a series of modelling tools, tailored to the unique circumstances and policy requirements of each country. Early initiatives included economy-wide modeling and microsimulation methodologies. More recently, energy systems modelling, geospatial energy-access modelling, and the integrated modelling of climate, land-use, water and energy have been developed.


Accelerator

SDG Accelerator and Bottleneck Assessment

The SDG Accelerator and Bottleneck Assessment (ABA) tool aims to support countries to identify catalytic policy and/or programme areas or ‘accelerators’ that can trigger positive multiplier effects across the SDGs, and solutions to bottlenecks that impede the optimal performance of interventions that enable the identified accelerators. The ABA builds on the methodology of the UN MDG Acceleration Framework and its application in 60 countries, and is also informed by the COMBOS methodology developed by UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, which has been applied extensively to countries in the region.


RIA

Institutional and Context Analysis

Used to better understand the political economy at country level and how actors’ incentives may block or enable development interventions. It can help identify gaps between formal rules such as laws or regulations and informal ones, and to map those elements influencing the status quo. Past questions, include: “Why has this country had limited success in implementing anti-corruption measures?” “How can this country’s natural resources be used to improve human development?”, “What needs to happen to successfully implement the Peace Accord in this country?”


Foresight Manual

Foresight

This practical manual introduces strategic foresight as an important practice in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence has been working closely with public service and development practitioners to evolve its "Empowered Futures" approach. Noting the resource constraints in developing country contexts, it proposes light-touch and low-cost methods.


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PovRisk

Since the catastrophic debt crisis of the early 1980s, the experience of Latin American countries has, on the whole, been one of profound and positive transformation. On the economic front, most countries gradually accelerated trade liberalization and moved towards macroeconomic stability.

This, coupled with greater prudence in the design of fiscal and monetary policies, contributed to a new found resilience to external economic crises. Greater openness to trade also allowed countries to reap the benefits of the rise in commodity prices between 2003-2013. In a region where the export of agricultural raw materials, energy and metals accounts for half of the value of total exports, the rise in global demand and the price of these goods led to an improvement in the terms of trade, which saw the region grow at an average annual rate of 3.9 percent over the decade.

 


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Conflict and Development Analysis

The CDA tool provides guidance on conducting conflict analysis and applying the findings of analysis for a range of purposes. The CDA presents an agency-neutral approach to conflict analysis that assists in the gathering of information, brings structure to the analysis and leads to a strong and methodically-substantive understanding of a context with the goal of supporting evidence-based decision-making for UN engagement. The CDA can be conducted as part of a strategic planning process (for example, the development of an UNDAF or at the start of UN Strategic Assessments), in anticipation of a new programme with key conflict dimensions, or in light of a potential trigger event including major elections, referendums, outbreaks of violence, changes in government. The CDA can also be applied to inform early warning systems and ascertain a country or region’s fragility, to inform conflict sensitivity frameworks.


 

Data, statistics and indicators


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Data Ecosystems

The Data Ecosystem Mapping project provides an indicative blueprint for a holistic assessment of the entire national statistical system’s capacity to leverage data for implementing and monitoring the SDGs, including the capacities of official and non-official data stakeholders, the enabling legislative and regulatory frameworks, the infrastructure requirements, and the opportunities of innovation and new technologies to plug data gaps.

 


Guidance note

Guidance Note: Data for Implementation and Monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This Guidance Note aims to provide UNDP country offices with policy directions and indicative activities for coherent and coordinated support for data and statistics for sustainable development. It further aims to provide an understanding of the current Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators and reporting processes at the global, regional, national and local levels, and to help facilitate consistency and coherence across these levels of follow-up and review. The note explores options for aligning the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda with national monitoring and evaluation frameworks, prioritizing SDG indicators for national monitoring, strengthening national statistical capacities, and leveraging partnerships and innovations. 

It is a living document that will be continuously refined with feedback, lessons-learned and case studies from ongoing efforts to support integrated approaches to SDG implementation and reporting at national level, and scaling up of data innovations. 


 

Financing the 2030 Agenda


Financing the 2030 Agenda

Financing the 2030 Agenda - An Introductory Guidebook for UNDP Country Offices

How to finance the 2030 Agenda at the country level has emerged as a key issue since world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. Governments’ abilities to mobilize, sequence and make effective use of a wide variety of both financing sources and financing instruments and strategies will be central to their ability to achieve the ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This is reflected in SDG 17, “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” which tasks countries to strengthen domestic resource mobilization, meet aid commitments and mobilize additional financial resources for development from multiple sources.

 

How to finance the 2030 Agenda at the country level has emerged as a key issue since world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. Governments’ abilities to mobilize, sequence and make effective use of a wide variety of both financing sources and financing instruments and strategies will be central to their ability to achieve the ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This is reflected in SDG 17, “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” which tasks countries to strengthen domestic resource mobilization, meet aid commitments and mobilize additional financial resources for development from multiple sources
How to finance the 2030 Agenda at the country level has emerged as a key issue since world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. Governments’ abilities to mobilize, sequence and make effective use of a wide variety of both financing sources and financing instruments and strategies will be central to their ability to achieve the ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This is reflected in SDG 17, “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” which tasks countries to strengthen domestic resource mobilization, meet aid commitments and mobilize additional financial resources for development from multiple sources
How to finance the 2030 Agenda at the country level has emerged as a key issue since world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. Governments’ abilities to mobilize, sequence and make effective use of a wide variety of both financing sources and financing instruments and strategies will be central to their ability to achieve the ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This is reflected in SDG 17, “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” which tasks countries to strengthen domestic resource mobilization, meet aid commitments and mobilize additional financial resources for development from multiple sources
How to finance the 2030 Agenda at the country level has emerged as a key issue since world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. Governments’ abilities to mobilize, sequence and make effective use of a wide variety of both financing sources and financing instruments and strategies will be central to their ability to achieve the ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This is reflected in SDG 17, “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” which tasks countries to strengthen domestic resource mobilization, meet aid commitments and mobilize additional financial resources for development from multiple sources