Implementing the 2030 Agenda – from planning to evaluation

The COMBOS approach is a collaborative engagement process for recognizing synergies and interconnections between the SDGs based on the priorities of each country. It can complement and be complemented by other SDG assessment and acceleration tools, such as the Rapid Integrated Assessment, microsimulations and PovRisk, among others, before, during and in the follow-up to a Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support engagement. The approach helps to frame a challenge, develop a theory of change, construct and implement a roadmap, define key elements of implementation, and evaluate results.



Data and Analytics



Integration Tools - Acceleration – System Thinking and Dynamic Simulation Models - Co-creation, Collaboration and Engagement - Institutional/Policy Coherence and Coordination for the SDGs


Guidelines and diagnostics

Country case


The departments of Intibucá and Lempira, known as the Lempa area, in Honduras, have high rates of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the country. Together with the Government of Honduras, UNDP is using the combos methodology – applying quantitative analysis, qualitative research and a theory of change – to identify the underlying social, economic, environmental issues which contribute to malnutrition. The combo, which is currently under implementation, is underpinned by new sources of data –including feedback data on services, service level data from health providers, and geo-referenced administrative registries that help map the needs of millions of people –to provide an integrated package of interventions that address all aspects of child malnutrition.