UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025 identifies development financing as an enabler to scale up development impact and calls on partners to join UNDP in its $1 trillion ‘Moonshot’ target to help
mobilise game-changing public and private sector resources towards the SDGs. In order to take sustainable finance to required scale and collectively achieve $1 trillion Moonshot target, Sustainable Finance Hub launched the SDG Finance Academy in May 2022 with Usha Rao-Monari, the Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Regional Bureau for Arab States, for UNDP Country Offices, and concurrently in Uruguay for Government Officials. Trainings are now being scheduled in Asia Pacific, Africa and Eurasia for UNDP regional and country offices.


The SDG Finance Academy provides participants with the training, knowledge, access to tools and experts across four key areas of SDG Finance including (i) Public Finance for the SDGs; (ii) Unlocking Private Capital and Aligning Business Operations with the SDGs; (iii) SDG Impact Management and Finance Tracking; and (iv) Integrated National Financing Frameworks and Country Portfolios

The SDG Finance Academy ensures all stakeholders can receive the knowledge, skills and training required to understand (i) different financial tools and approaches and their role and use; (ii) how these tools and approaches link to the SDGs; (iii) what these tools and approaches mean for policy reform, and (iv) the scope and opportunities to tailor these tools and approaches to organisational and national development needs. 

The Academy operates around three key services to support the public and private sectors: 

  • Learning and Training; 
  • Building a Community, Exchanging Knowledge and Curating Experts; and 
  • Generating Engagements for design and Implementation Support.  



Lauren Bradford, Sustainable Finance Capacities and Philanthropy Specialist lauren.bradford@undp.org