Montenegro SDG Acceleration Fund (MAF)

Contract partner: UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTFO) Country: Montenegro Funding amount: € 1.500.000,00 Project start: 23.10.2023 End: 31.12.2027

Short Description:

Overall goal

The Montenegro SDG Acceleration Fund is a pooled funding mechanism that aims to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and imminent achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Montenegro, as well as to support the country’s EU accession process.

Expected results

Three strategic priority areas of UN work in Montenegro addressed in the Terms of Reference are:

• inclusive economic development and environmental sustainability;

• human capital development, reducing vulnerability, social inclusion; and

• social cohesion, people-centred governance, rule of law and human rights.


Target group / Beneficiaries

The contractual partner is the UNDP Multipartner Trustfund office who is administering the fund. Management is entrusted to the Joint Steering Committee, co-chaired by the UN System in the country and the Government of Montenegro. The Joint Steering Committee is also a forum for deliberations with the donors. Implementation country is Montenegro and the ultimate beneficiaries are Montenegrin citizens. Special focus is on vulnerable groups (children, persons with disabilities, Roma and Egyptian, informal workers, etc), who will benefit from accelerated EU accession and achievement of the SDGs. The specific target groups are determined through the annual Call for funding. With the Austrian contribution to the fund approximately 5,000 people shall be reached. The beneficiaries include participants of capacity building interventions, workshops and trainings and beneficiaries of support programmes.


There will be two regular calls for disbursement on a yearly basis. The project approval cycle is administered by the governance structure defined in the ToR, involving the UN System and the funds steering committee. Only joint UN interventions of at least to implementing partners are eligible for funding. Innovative value shall be added in adressing the key challenges in implementation of the 2030 Agenda and achieving EU accession criteria in Montenegro. The funds risk management strategy is to be applied for all interventions approved by the fund.


The rationale for establishing the Fund lies in the strategic position of the United Nations to serve as a vehicle for innovative and strategic interventions, to catalyse further action and to convene various partners across the sectors. The Fund revolves around the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2023-2027. The UN in Montenegro conducted an analysis of synergies and interlinkages between the EU accession process and the 2030 Agenda. The findings show that EU accession process addresses two thirds of the 2030 Agenda (105 out of 169 SDG targets). The Acceleration Fund seeks to support synergetic moments between these two transformational agendas.

project number 1863-00/2023
source of funding OEZA
sector Andere multisektorielle Maßnahmen
marker Environment: 1, Gender: 1, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.