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2018 site archive

A unique partnership that helped shape the 2030 Agenda

Fri, 2018-12-07 12:23
The IRF Team

A new partnership was formed in 2012, bringing together organisations working on sustainable development around the world. This happened as the work began to prepare the post-2015 development agenda. The Independent Research Forum (IRF) played an influential role as the Sustainable Development Goals evolved. As the partnership draws to a close, we reflect on a unique collaboration. 

IRF members on world map

IRF retreats in Liberia and Colombia debate the way forward for countries on the SDGs

We are two years into the global commitment to end poverty, combat inequality and shift the world onto a sustainable development pathway by 2030. Countries are settling down to the business of deciding what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mean for them and how they can contribute to achieving them. 

Retreat participants

Whether from government or civil society, those working to make the vision of the 2030 Agenda a reality are seeking opportunities to learn from each other and work across national boundaries, particularly at regional and sub-regional levels.

Achieving the SDGs' Vision of Equity, Growth and Resilience in Africa through Regional Cooperation

e.g. Camilla Toulmin
Government of Republic of Liberia, and Independent Research Forum
On 15-17 September 2017, the Independent Research Forum (IRF), a grouping of ten sustainable development institutes and think tanks from around the world, and the government of the Republic of Liberia held a retreat on Achieving the SDGs’ vision of equity, growth and resilien

Lessons from Latin America on implementing the 2030 Agenda: learning from a regional retreat

Karina Barquet, Cristian Leyton, Valentina Cortínez and Ángela Penagos

How has Latin America approached the challenges of the 2030 Agenda? What obstacles have countries encountered, and what solutions have they tried? This policy brief summarizes discussions at an informal retreat for policy-makers in Bogota, Colombia.


Is agricultural transformation the way to inclusive growth in Africa?

Fri, 2018-01-12 14:15
Rosebell Kagumire
Rosebell Kagumire

Rosebell Kagumire is a member of the Least Developed Countries Independent Expert Group.

What could inclusive growth look like in the next 15 years? And what will it take to actualize it? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have raised those questions for African countries, and governments and civil society organizations throughout the continent are looking for answers.

Woman watering crops, Tanzania © Wikimedia commons