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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 This website is no longer updated, but allows access to IRF blogs and recent publications until December 2019 when it will also close.

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Ben Garside
26 Mar 2014
In the absence of electricity, students in Bangladesh are given charger lights so they can study at home (Photo: G.M.B. Akash/PANOS)

This blog looks at the energy for sustainable development issue in the context of the SDGs and the recent OWG Focus Area Document.

Robin Mahon
25 Mar 2014
Port St. Charles, Barbados (Photo: Sandman5 via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Should we be promoting quality of life  over income growth as a primary indicator of social development?

Peter Walker
20 Mar 2014
Market in Mexico (Photo: Tiffa Day via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

An interview with Peter Walker, Director of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, about engaging the private sector in the post-2015 development agenda.

Saadia Iqbal
14 Mar 2014
Photo © Curt Carnemark / World Bank

A new report proposes a three-legged approach for getting to zero poverty.

Nina Weitz
10 Mar 2014
Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Ethiopia

A "nexus" approach to addressing water, energy and food security may prove a useful model for developing the SDGs.

Camilla Toulmin
03 Mar 2014
Repairing a road

A focus on four key priorities could help Least Developed Country governments lift their citizens out of poverty by generating inclusive growth.

Andrew Scott
21 Jan 2014
Photo: Flickr/indiawaterportal.org (Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/)

The deliberations during the seventh session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, on 6-10 January, indicated a strong consensus that climate change should be integral to the post-2015 development framework. 

Tighe Geoghegan
14 Jan 2014
Construction workers build a hotel in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Credit: Overseas Development Institute / Antony Robbins (Creative Commons)

The post-2015 development agenda will most profoundly affect the least developed countries (LDCs), so it is essential that people in these countries have a greater say in what the goals look like.

Simon Hoiberg Olsen
23 Dec 2013

Connecting the local with the global agenda on sustainable development goals is a perennial challenge, but a major report by a consortium of agencies* to be published early in 2014 has studied 14 Asian and European countries, and come up with a complete set of illustrative goals, subgoals, targets and indicators.

Jonathan Glennie
28 Nov 2013
The Overseas Development Institute's (ODI) Jonathan Glennie lays out the three paradigm shifts that need to be part of the post-2015 development agenda: sustainability, universality and equality.

In this short video, the Overseas Development Institute's (ODI) Jonathan Glennie lays out the three paradigm shifts that need to be part of the post-2015 development agenda: sustainability, universality and equality.