The MDG Acceleration Framework

The framework provides a systematic way for countries to develop their own action plan based on existing plans and processes to pursue their MDG priorities.

It also helps governments to focus on disparities and inequalities, two of the major causes of uneven progress, by particularly responding to the needs of the vulnerable.

There is now a great deal of evidence about both the obstacles to MDG progress and how to overcome them. This evidence reveals that there is a range of tried and tested policies which, adapted to national contexts, will ensure MDG progress, where there is the leadership, capacity, and funding to implement them. To accelerate MDG progress, as called for by the MDG Summit Outcome Document, this evidence must be put into practice in a concerted effort that takes us to 2015.

In response to this call, the UNDG has endorsed the UNDP’s field-tested MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) which offers a systematic way to identifying bottlenecks to those MDGs that are lagging behind in specific countries, as well as prioritized solutions to these bottlenecks. The MAF is expected to build upon existing country knowledge and experiences, as well as policy and planning processes, and to help the development of country-level partnerships, with mutual accountability of all partners, towards the efforts needed to reach the MDGs by 2015.

The MAF is characterized by 4 factors:

  • Responding to national/local political determination to tackle identified off-track MDGs
  • Drawing upon country experiences and ongoing processes to identify and prioritize bottlenecks interfering with the implementation of key MDG interventions
  • Using lessons learned to determine objective and feasible solutions for accelerating MDG progress
  • Creating a partnership with identified roles for all relevant stakeholders to jointly achieve MDG progress

Once an MDG target making slow progress is identified by a country, the MAF suggests four systematic steps:

(1) identification of the necessary interventions to achieve the MDG target;

(2) identification of bottlenecks that impede the effectiveness of key interventions on the ground;

(3) identification of high-impact and feasible solutions to prioritized bottlenecks; and

(4) formulation of an action plan, with identified roles for all development partners, that will help realize the solutions.

Following the demand from countries, UNDP, in collaboration with the UN System organizations, has been supporting the development of MDG accelerated Action Plans in about 37 countries covering the 2010 – 2012 period. These include countries where MAF action plans are currently under development, as well as those where completed action plans are under implementation:

  • Latin America and Caribbean: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Perú.
  • Asia and Pacific: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, Lao PDR PNG, Indonesia and the Philippines.
  • Africa: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, CAR, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia
  • Europe and CIS: Armenia, Moldova,Tajikistan and Ukraine.
  • Arab States: Jordan