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Young women in Ethiopia - Jessica Lea/DFID (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Chris Little
Tuesday 12th 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)
Chris Little
Monday 11th 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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San Malen Primary Health Unit in Pujehn, Bo district, Sierra Leone - UNICEF CC BY NC ND
b.tritton
Thursday 31st 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. 

 

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A community health worker conducting a survey in the Korail slum, Bangladesh - Lucy Milmo/DFID
b.tritton
Wednesday 30th 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)
Chris Little
Friday 11th 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? 

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Women take part in skill development training in Addis Ababa, July 2015. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe CC BY-NC-ND
b.tritton
Thursday 10th March, 2016

Achieving women's economic empowerment requires a challenge to the status quo - tinkering around the edges will not be enough.

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Credit: International Trade Forum site http://www.tradeforum.org/news/Building-womens-economic-empowerment/
Chris Little
Wednesday 9th 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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Women from Conakry at local radio station in Côte d'Ivoire – Ami Vitale for World Bank Photo
Chris Little
Tuesday 5th January, 2016

With the huge achievement of a gender SDG, Abigail Hunt looks at how we can turn that recognition of the importance of gender issues into action on the problems facing women and girls. She sets out 5 steps to get us on the way to realising this goal.

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Woman and child in Sierra Leone -  Dominic Chavez/World Bank (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)
Chris Little
Wednesday 23rd December, 2015

If we are to be serious about the SDGs, we need to ensure that people aren't left behind by looking behind national averages. In this blog, the example of child mortality shows the close attention needed to ensure the most marginalised aren't forgotten.

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UN Leaders participate in Global Citizen Festival 2015 - United Nations via Flickr
Anonymous (not verified)
Tuesday 22nd December, 2015

How far this year's new development frameworks show progress on breaking down silos, tackling inequality, rethinking finance, getting good data, and shifting from global to local action.

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