January 2020

Integrated national financing frameworks: Inception phase

The Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development is developing a series of guidance documents to help countries develop and implement their INFFs. The inception phase guidance document is the first in this series of materials.


Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development (IATF)


Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development (IATF)

Document Type

Tools and guidelines

Building Block

Inception phase

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Developed by the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development (IATF), this document provides guidance on implementing the inception phase an INFF–how to start the process (technical guidance), and who should do so (the political dimension). It is also an entry point for the IATF’s forthcoming guidance materials, which will explore each of the four building blocks in greater depth. 

This module has been developed based on the experiences of countries implementing financing reforms around their national development plans and the SDGs. The modules are ‘living’ in the sense that they will be continually updated and strengthened based on country experiences and feedback by members of the IATF.

The inception phase typically includes 4 main steps: (1) a scoping exercise; (2) identification of an institutional home for the process; (3) identifying key stakeholders and relevant institutions; and (4) the development of a draft “INFF roadmap” for next steps (to be updated as necessary after a full assessment and diagnostic exercise is completed). In countries that already have relevant processes in place, the inception phase may also entail more in-depth assessments and diagnostics, leading to an agreement on how to operationalize the INFF.