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Integrating Knowledge and Capacity Development for the SDGs (Bonn Programme)

  • Project from: 2019 to 2021


The work programme of the UNRISD Bonn office aims to create new interagency collaborations and further enhance synergies between research and learning activities—simultaneously maximizing the uptake and impact of evidence-based analysis and knowledge production on the social dimensions of sustainable development, and contributing to training and capacity development of the highest possible quality and relevance.

Background and context


With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs, national governments and their development partners in the UN system, civil society and the private sector have embarked on an ambitious pathway of transformative change which requires profound shifts in thinking, policies and practice. These policy and decision makers need the best possible knowledge and evidence base for their efforts to combat contemporary challenges and achieve more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development outcomes.

One way that UNRISD seeks to contribute to evidence-based implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs is through the uptake and use of our research findings and analysis in training and capacity development. Because we don’t have this mandate ourselves, we seek collaborations with other entities that do have this mandate.

With this new programme of work—supported by the German Development Ministry (BMZ) and Federal Foreign Office—led from an office in Bonn, UNRISD is well positioned to engage directly with the actors and partners of the UN’s sustainability hub.

Objectives


The work programme of the UNRISD Bonn office aims to create new interagency collaborations and further enhance synergies between research and learning activities—simultaneously maximizing the uptake and impact of evidence-based analysis and knowledge production on the social dimensions of sustainable development, and contributing to training and capacity development of the highest possible quality and relevance.

The work programme has three objectives:
  • Strengthen the Bonn ecosystem for sustainable development through an integrated approach to knowledge and skills development, where research feeds into training and capacity building activities and is informed by their needs.
  • Elaborate a joint research-capacity building strategy through identification and mapping of relevant knowledge gaps and the implementation of corresponding research activities.
  • Improve evidence-based SDG implementation and research uptake by UN and other development partners through collaboration with partner organizations in Bonn.

Expected results and beneficiaries


Successful delivery of the programme will produce new interagency collaborations and synergies, improving the efficiency and coherence of delivery of our mandates. It will generate integrated perspectives, new working modalities, innovative strategies that anticipate knowledge gaps and upcoming skills needs, original research findings and analysis, and reduced bottlenecks and obstacles in implementation.

Beneficiaries of better integrated knowledge and capacity development on the social dimensions of the SDGs include national governments and their development partners in the UN system, civil society and the private sector.

Activities and outputs


Specific activities and outputs will be designed under each of the programme's workstreams. These are likely to include:
  • A set of research topics and country cases to be pursued in view of feeding findings into learning and capacity development activities for SDG implementation
  • Advisory and consultancy services in areas of UNRISD expertise
  • Inputs for training courses
  • Provision of lecturers / resource persons for training courses
  • Webinars
  • Tailored dissemination products (briefs, videos, e-learning, podcasts, etc.)
  • Networking, outreach and communication activities

Funding


The UNRISD Bonn Programme has received funding from Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Federal Foreign Office.