The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) works towards a world where the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are able to access and leverage the development impact of capital to enable sustainable and inclusive economic growth and achieve Sustainable Development Goals. To realise such vision, UNCDF mainstreams South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) in its Strategic Framework (2022-2025) as a mode of implementation to unlock public and private finance for the poor by:
- Helping regional groups (such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Southern African Development Community, the West African Economic and Monetary Union, and the Pacific Small Island Developing States) expand the reach of financial inclusion, including through multi-country approaches to remittances, data and analytics, refugees;
- Facilitating knowledge exchanges on issues including reaching out to un- and under-banked populations; applying digital finance solutions; and moving from cash to electronic payments; and
- Bringing together policymakers, experts, local authorities, and the private sector to shift resource allocation dynamics in favour of subnational levels for action on, for instance, local climate adaptation; municipal finance; and local infrastructure.
As part of its global initiatives, UNCDF brings together a community of member states that define and collectively agree on national priorities through a Global South-led participatory process, thereby putting Southern perspectives at the centre of devising strategies to boost opportunities for and utilization for local economic development, access climate finance and promote regional and pro-poor market development approaches to financial inclusion.