Financing the UN Development System: Key emerging trends

This Development Dialogue paper draws attention to three key emerging and evolving financing trends that are of particular relevance to the UNDS: the growth of issue-based multi-agency pooled financing; the challenge of leveraging official development assistance (ODA); and the role of innovative finance.


Seventy years after the establishment of the UN, we have inherited a complex financial architecture – one that has, over the years, been pieced together to meet the ever-changing needs of the UN development system (UNDS).

The release of the report — Financing the UN Development System: Getting it right for a post-2015 world – produced by The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office and which serves as the basis for this paper, comes at a critical juncture as we ready for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and the Post-2015 Summit, both this year. The report also feeds into the ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system.