A partnership of research institutions
from around the world supporting
change for a sustainable future


Formed in 2012, the Independent Research Forum (IRF) partnership brought together organisations working on sustainable development around the world. The project is now closed. This website is no longer updated, but allows access to IRF blogs and recent publications until December 2019 when it will also close.

•  Read more about how we helped to shape the 2030 agenda in our final blog
Find information about the project on the IIED website
•  View and download key publications from the IIED publications library


The IRF Team
07 Dec 2018
IRF members on world map

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. 

Rosebell Kagumire
Rosebell Kagumire
12 Jan 2018
Woman watering crops, Tanzania © Wikimedia commons

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.

Vivián Diaz
28 Nov 2016
Photo shows a street vendor in Mexico City

Mexico was one of the countries to lead on developing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of IRF’s series of interviews on implementation, Gerardo Franco from RIMISP talked to Adolfo Ayuso-Audry from Mexico’s Specialised Technical Committee for the Sustainable Development Goals Information System about how the country was approaching implementation.

Helen Burley
06 Oct 2016
photo shows a man tapping for rubber on a plantation in Liberia

A UK parliamentary committee wants to know how best to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. One year into the 2030 Agenda, countries are starting to explore different paths.

Eliza Northrop, Hana Biru, and Mathilde Bouyé
30 Sep 2016
A farmer in Uganda

A new Working Paper from IRF partner WRI finds clear alignments between the changes needed to implement the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Anshul Bhamra and Syed A A Farhan
08 Sep 2016
Photo shows women participating in a village council in India

IRF partner, Development Alternatives has been assessing the processes put in place in India to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although some important steps have been taken, there is still a critical need to devise a coherent participatory process in developing plans and enough information has not yet reached the citizens to trigger their involvement with SDGs. 

Zeenat Niazi
03 Aug 2016
photo shows three children playing outside their house in Dharavi, Mumbai

The old development model based on economic growth has had its day, argues Zeenat Niazi, and India must choose a new alternative if it is to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.

Essam Yassin Mohammed
14 Jul 2016
Fish being carried to market in baskets across the fields in Bangladesh

As the High Level Political Forum in New York focuses on how to ensure no one is left behind, Essam Yassin Mohammed from IIED asks what this means for fisher communities.

Helen Burley
21 Jun 2016
Photo shows DochuLa Pass, Bhutan

In the second IRF interview looking at national approaches to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Chime Paden Wangdi from Bhutan explains how her country’s philosophy of seeking Gross National Happiness aligns with the SDGs.

Caspar Trimmer
16 Jun 2016

Måns Nilsson from SEI explains in an interview a new framework for mapping and categorising interactions between different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which has been published as an ICSU working paper.