Tracking SDGs in Research and Practice

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development defined by the UN member countries in September 2015. (link UN SDG)

EADI maps member activities related to the SDGs to underline the relevance of research activities by the member organisations. Both long term projects and current publications are accessible.

SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Sample Project: Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP): Research Focus on Child Poverty and Inequalities (link CROP)

Outputs: Petmesidou, M. et. al. (ed.): Child Poverty, Youth (Un)Employment and Social Inclusion. (link)

Workshop in Nigeria on Child Poverty and Social Protection in Western and Central Africa (2016) (link)

Current Research on SDG 1

SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Sample Project: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED): Smallholder innovation for resilience (SIFOR).

IIED is working with partners in China, India, Kenya and Peru to revitalise traditional knowledge-based – or 'biocultural' – innovation systems of smallholder farmers in order to strengthen food security in the face of climate change. (link SIFOR)

Current Research on SDG 2

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Sample Project: Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR): Health, Care and the Body.

The Programme Group aims to analyse (1) changing experiences of health and well-being, sexual identities and body regimes, (2) social and cultural factors that influence the use of scientific knowledge in clinical settings, care and self-help practices and (3) the exercise of biomedical power and the patterns of resistance to and acceptance of medical regimes and scientific knowledge and technology. (link AISSR)

Current Research on SDG 3

SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Sample Project: Austrian Research Foundation for International Development (ÖFSE): Education for All and the Sustainable Development Goals.

ÖFSE’s work focuses on the implications of the new education and development agenda as well as on the questions of which strategies appear to be adequate in order to best take account of the lessons learnt. Moreover, the role of education in the changed international development architecture has to be analysed. (link ÖFSE)

Current Research on SDG 4

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Sample Project: Oxfam: Support women in Myanmar to get their voices heard.

Oxfam has been working in Myanmar since 2008, when they supported communities in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Since then they have run long-term development programmes, and are currently working to empower women to claim their human rights, take on leadership positions, and contribute meaningfully to political decision making. (link Oxfam)

Current Research on SDG 5

SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Sample Project: International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC): District Based Full Coverage start-up initiative.

IRC, Safe Water Network (SWN) and partners aim to contribute to Ghana’s 2025 target and SDG 6 by implementing a long-term District Based Full WASH Coverage initiative in the Asutifi North district of the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana over the next 15 years to ensure every citizen of the district has access to water and sanitation services. (link IRC)

Current Research on SDG 6

SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Sample Project: Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Brighton: Green Growth Diagnostics for Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is currently facing a large electricity deficit, which results in frequent black-out periods and has an impact on education, health and business. This project is looking into the heart of the electricity supply crisis in Africa, asking what are the key blockages to green investment and how can we resolve them? (link IDS)

Current Research on SDG 7

SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Sample Project: ICDD Kassel: Global Agricultural Production Systems (G.A.P.S.)

The concept of production systems (value chains) has gained tract in many fields. The social dimension, however, has received so far little attention. As important economic upgrading is, it does not guarantee better living and working conditions for many working in the production system. Better value capture might not be distributed to small holders, farm workers or workers in distribution and processing. (link ICDD)

Current Research on SDG 8

SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Sample Project: German Development Institute (GDI-DIE): Innovations for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development

By integrating different research strands (such as innovation systems research, political economy and environmental and behavioural economics) and conducting empirical case studies in developing and developed countries, we create new insights in effective and efficient green industrial and innovation policymaking. (link GDI)

Current Research on SDG 9

SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Sample Project: United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research: WIID – World Income Inequality Database

WIID collects and stores information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. WIID provides the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available and can be downloaded for free. ​(link WIID)

Current Research on SDG 10

SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Sample Project: CODEV, EPFL Lausanne: Urban planning for whom? From theory to reality: The case of "poor cities" in emerging and developing countries

A reflection on urban planning –synergy between theories, methods and instruments - is posed with high priority when it comes to cities located in developing countries; in particular with respect to small and medium-sized cities, with the highest rates of population growth; and where their authorities who suffer most from the lack of financial and human resources to be able to anticipate and address these issues.

(link EPFL)

Current Research on SDG 11

SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Sample Project: Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo: Consumption, Sustainability and Wellbeing

SUM is engaged with innovative research and new theoretical developments in sustainable consumption, including perspectives from social practice theory and the relationship between consumption and wellbeing in rich and middle income countries. (link SUM)

Current Research on SDG 12

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Sample Project: Overseas Development Institute: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

CDKN supports decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development. We do this by combining research, advisory services and knowledge management to support locally owned and managed policy processes. We work in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally. We hold strongly to the ideals of human development and environmental sustainability. (link CDKN)

Current Research on SDG 13

SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Sample Project: Mundus maris

Our mission is to provide scientific and relevant indigenous knowledge and encourage artistic expression about the sea in order to promote its restoration, conservation and sustainable use, to further the study, understanding and respect of aquatic ecosystems and associated biological and cultural diversity. (link Mundus maris)

Current Research on SDG 14

SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Sample Project: International Development Department, University of Birmingham: Governance for Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation

The project will generate understanding and lessons of significance for the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in relation to their call for the eradication of poverty, the reduction of inequality, and the integration of ecosystem and biodiversity strategies into development processes. (link IDD)

Current Research on SDG 15

SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Sample Project: Graduate Institute Geneva: Curbing Illicit Financial Flows from Resource-rich Developing Countries: Improving Natural Resource Governance to Finance the SDGs

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 requires developing countries to mobilize greater domestic resources to finance and implement the Goals. A promising avenue to strengthen their tax base is to effectively reduce illicit financial flows (IFFs). (link Graduate Institute Geneva)

Current Research on SDG 16

SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Sample Project: African Studies Centre Leiden (ASC): Africa's global connections.

This research group aims to contribute to an understanding of the building processes and the effects of the multipolar world that is shaping new economic and political topographies in Africa and beyond. (link Leiden)

Current Research on SDG 17