This research is divided into two parts. The first presents finding in relation to the three overarching goals outlined above, using evidence from programmes across the 50 countries in which the MDG-F has operated in the period from 2008-2013. The second part presents six in-depth country case studies.
The research's policy implications may help national governments to reflect on innovative, intersectoral programmes that can contribute to achieving the MDGs and the future sustainable development goals. The report can also inspire the UN system to deepen system-wide coherence reform and reflect upon the added value of multiple-agency coordinated interventions. Finally, the paper can help international donor to consider the appropriateness of investing in intersectoral and joint initiatives at the country level.