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SDG update - 3 October

3 Oct 2016 – this week’s SDG Delivery Update compiles news, opinions, reports, and events related to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including details this week of the African Union report on an integrated and coherent approach to sustainable development in Africa.

A new report looks at SDG5 and the potential contributions of trade policies, photo: TREEAID, via flickr.com, creative commons licence


  • Jeni Klugman (ICTSD): The 2030 Agenda and the Potential Contribution of Trade to Gender Equality. This thinkpiece is part of a series that analyzes the contribution trade and trade policy could make to achieving SDG 5 and the broader 2030 Agenda. It reviews inequalities between women’s and men’s participation in economic life, making the argument that improving women’s economic opportunities is a significant challenge for both developed and developing countries. The paper articulates specific policy challenges facing governments that want to use international trade to support women’s empowerment as employees, entrepreneur and cross-border traders, and outlines trade policy options that could help to meet these challenges.
  • Save the Children: EU Health Cheque: A review of the European Commission’s support to health MDGs. This report reviews the EC’s contributions as a donor to achieving the health MDGs, and assesses the impact of its official development assistance (ODA) and development policies. The review finds that EU health aid is low and that contributions do not match economic capacity; that there are transparency issues, discrepancies and anomalies in reporting of aid; that there is a need for more predictable disbursements; and that better data on health ODA is critical. Save the Children identifies five areas to improve the effectiveness, and offers 10 concrete recommendations for action. A summary blog post on Save the Children’s website is also available, here
  • Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. This study published in The Lancet applies statistical methods to systematically compiled data to estimate the performance of 33 health-related SDG indicators from 1990 to 2015. The authors rescaled each indicator on a scale from 0 (worst observed value between 1990 and 2015) to 100 (best observed), finding a median health-related SDG index of 59.3 in 2015, but noting wide variations across countries. Since 2000, pronounced progress occurred for indicators such as met need with modern contraception, under-5 mortality, and neonatal mortality, as well as the indicator for universal health coverage tracer interventions. Moderate improvements were found for indicators such as HIV and tuberculosis incidence, minimal changes for hepatitis B incidence took place, and childhood overweight considerably worsened.



  • Seed Africa Symposium 2016. This annual international forum was held 28-29 September 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, on the topic ‘From Innovation to Imitation,’ examining replication of business models that successfully contribute to sustainable development in Africa.



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