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Projecting progress: The SDGs in sub-Saharan Africa

Susan Nicolai, Chris Hoy, Tanvi Bhatkal and Thomas Aedy
11 April 2016

This paper shows how sub-Saharan Africa is likely to progress across the SDG agenda by 2030, if current trends continue. Although we can expect gains for many of the goals and targets, low starting points and inequality both within and between countries will make sub-Saharan Africa’s achievement of the global goals particularly difficult.

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San Malen Primary Health Unit in Pujehn, Bo district, Sierra Leone - UNICEF CC BY NC ND

Why focus on the first 1000 days of the SDGs?

Andrea Ordóñez
29 March 2016

The "first 1000 days" of life are critical for a child's future: and the same is true of global agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals. Andrea Ordóñez, Research Coordinator at Southern Voice, writes on the key priorities for implementation during the first three years of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 


Bitange Ndemo

Bitange Ndemo is an associate professor at the University of Nairobi’s Business School. He was previously Permanent Secretary of Kenya's Ministry of Information and Communication.

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A community health worker conducting a survey in the Korail slum, Bangladesh - Lucy Milmo/DFID

Achieving the SDGs: what gets measured gets done

Bitange Ndemo
30 March 2016

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put great emphasis on leaving no one behind and ensuring progress is made for all. However, as Bitange Ndemo writes, the SDGs won't be achieved unless data collection and use is improved: "what gets measured gets done".

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Hygienists at Oxfam managed Kumala CCC in Sierra Leone - Michelle Curran / Oxfam (Creative Commons licensed)

Are the Sustainable Development Goals good news for women?

Caroline Sweetman and Valeria Esquivel
11 March 2016

The 2015 Sustainable Development Goal agreement was a historic moment for development and for feminism. Much hope rests on the goals, but what will they really achieve, for people living in poverty, and for women in particular? 

Valeria Esquivel

Valeria Esquivel

Valeria is the Research Coordinator on Gender and Development at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).

Caroline Sweetman

Caroline Sweetman

Caroline is Editor of Oxfam's international journal Gender & Development.

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Building women’s economic empowerment

Suzi Nandera
9 March 2016

Writing for the International Trade Forum, Development Progress Programme Officer Suzi Nandera says that It will take more than eliminating discrimination against women to achieve true gender equality.


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