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Can business help achieve sustainable development goalsThe millennium development goals launched in 2000 to tackle poverty, education, health, hunger and environmental issues around the world. Some targets have been met, for example access to improved drinking water, while others, such as reducing maternal mortality rates, have been missed.

But as 2015 comes to a close their time is up and they are set to be replaced by 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), stretching to 2030. The private sector has been involved in devising the framework for the SDGs, and the private sector will have a hand in their delivery too.

Goal 2 for example seeks to end hunger and address nutrition. Goal 7 aims to increase the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030, and Goal 8 concerns the protection labour rights and promotion of safe and secure working environments. In each of these, business has a role.

But it’s not just a case of what business can do for the SDGs. In setting the development agenda for the next 15 years, the SDGs give business a sense of what makes a smart sustainability plan and sensible investment.

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About The Project

Supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) UK, this 3 year project focuses on deepening the understanding of the international politics of development diplomacy, including the key political drivers that influence and shape development policy internationally and the impact this has on South Africa as an emerging development assistance partner.

Key Themes

This project considers three key areas:

  1. The development of the South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA);
  2. Trilateral development partnerships; and
  3. Multilateral development cooperation.
Aims and Objectives of The Project

The aims of this project include:

  • improving the understanding of the current transition taking place within multilateral development cooperation in both the geo-political North and South;
  • understanding the role of multilateral development cooperation for South Africa’s foreign policy and international engagement in the short, medium, and long-term;
  • review potential opportunities as well as obstacles in engaging in international development assistance
Contact details
Address:   3rd Floor Robert Sobukwe Building
263 Nana Sita Street
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PO Box 14349
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