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Young women in Ethiopia - Jessica Lea/DFID (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Ending child marriage: can we achieve this SDG?

Thomas Aedy
12 April 2016

The SDGs pose a number of pressing challenges, one of which is the struggle to end child marriage. Co-author of our new report Projecting progress: the SDGs in sub-Saharan Africa Thomas Aedy takes a look at trends on this goal and the vital importance of success.

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People on the beach in Mogadishu, Somalia – Stuart Price (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Early days, early opportunity: SDG projections for sub-Saharan Africa

Susan Nicolai
11 April 2016

Susan Nicolai, lead author of our new report projecting sub-Saharan Africa's progress on the SDGs to 2030, writes on the key findings from the report and what they mean for early action around the implementation of the goals in the region.

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Children race in a refugee camp, Eastern Chad – Fréderic Noy for UNHCR (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Starting Strong: the first 1000 days of the SDGs

Paula Lucci and Steven Lally
11 April 2016

In order to help delegates prepare and take time to reflect on key topics prior to our regional dialogue events on implementation in the first 1000 days of the SDGs, this paper provides background and contextual material.

Nairobi school children – Manuel Akatsa for ARC (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Following our flagship report on global projections for the SDGs to 2030 last September, we've taken a closer look at how progress is shaping up on current trends in sub-Saharan Africa. The report finds that there is much work to be done and that progress must be sped up, but also finds some shining examples that must be replicated across the region.

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Nairobi school children – Manuel Akatsa for ARC (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

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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