Budgeting for the SDGs

Expertise Level
Resource Type
Guidance and Frameworks
Developer or Source
Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF)

Governments implement their policies for sustainable development through public budgets. Public spending decisions are undertaken as part of the annual budget cycle, from the strategic budgeting processes to formulation and approval to execution, monitoring, audit and evaluation. Transparency, accountability and public participation ensure that public monies are well spent per the policy priorities.

This modular handbook provides technical guidance for practitioners to align SDGs in the budget cycle. This handbook has four modules:
1. Entry points and sequence of budgeting for the SDGs reforms,
2. Linking the SDGs to strategic budgeting processes,
3. Tracking SDG budgets, and
4. Local budgeting for the SDGs.

There is a companion piece on the Origins and Practices of SDG budgeting and a sample terms of reference to provide further country studies and templates to design and implement SDGs reforms and budgeting process.