The SDGs: Setting the agenda for development research and policy

Workshop organised in collaboration with the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. 

Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Nina R/Flickr

It is widely recognised that the SDGs are an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership. The goals are expected to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. While building on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs), they also recognise that ending poverty must go hand in hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a number of social needs like education, health, social protection and employment opportunities, as well as climate change and environmental protection. Still, however, many question the viability of the highly ambitious agenda, pointing for instance to the inherent trade-offs between several goals and target as well as political realities in global and local governance.

In this workshop we will discuss the implementation of the SDGs in the context of policy challenges and policy options in Kenya. The main output of the workshop is expected to be a clear research agenda identifying key areas for further research on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, with an aim to publish a special issue of a reputable international development journal. The workshop will bring together academics, policy makers and practitioners, and will be guided by the following thematic areas:

  • The SDGs and inclusivity in development
    • Leaving no one behind – what does it entail?
    • Interrogating the gender agenda in the SDGs
  • Policies, strategies and institutions for achieving SDGs
    • What works? Promising practices
  • Challenges and the realisation of SDGs
    • Trade-offs and integration


Tags: SDGs, Kenya, policy coherence, inclusive development
Published Nov. 6, 2019 10:04 AM