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UNRISD Research Strengthening the Capacity of African Governments to Achieve the SDGs

29 May 2019


UNRISD Research Strengthening the Capacity of African Governments to Achieve the SDGs
Ilcheong Yi, a Senior Research Coordinator at UNRISD, was invited back as a resource person to the UN Office for Sustainable Development’s annual Executive Training Course for Policymakers on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 20 to 24 May 2019. Ilcheong first contributed to teaching this course in 2017.

The course brought together high- and middle-ranked civil servants from 54 low- and middle-income countries mandated with leading their governments’ implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on those SDGs which will be reviewed at the UN’s High-Level Political Forum in New York this year (SDGs 4, 8, 10, 16 and 17).

“It was particularly good to discuss with the officials from the many African nations present,” said Ilcheong. “Whether it was the Zimbabwe Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, the Rwandan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, or Nigeria’s Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, they were all committed to exchanging with international experts, and with each other, to learn more about good practices, strategies and tools that can help them implement the 2030 Agenda and SDGs in their own contexts.”

Ilcheong’s presentation focused on Goal 8, "Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all". He highlighted how social and solidarity economy (SSE) can contribute to sustainable and inclusive economic growth and the creation of productive and decent jobs, introducing good practices in both developing and developed countries drawn from UNRISD research on SSE, such as Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy and the SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs.