From July 10-19, 2017 world leaders gathered at the 2017 High Level Political Forum to review progress on the 2030 Agenda - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (See the 2017 Report here). This year, the focus was on poverty, hunger, health, gender equality, infrastructure and the seas. Here are my takeaways, looking through our “bottom-up” … Continue reading A Toe-hold for Localizing the SDGs: Top 10 things we learned at the HLPF
Peace, justice, and strong institutions. Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16) aims to achieve these objectives at all levels of society. The SDG16 Data Initiative released its 2017 Global Report, which included a progress report on SDG16, along with calls for incorporating more ‘people-centered’ metrics. Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is an organization that offers over 350 … Continue reading Measuring SDG16 Locally
In “Do Public Services Actually Reach the Public?”, a new methodology for assessing the allocation of funds and responsibilities to local governments was explored. With this methodology in mind, I set out to put the local public sector (LPS) in developing countries to the test. After careful evaluation, it is clear that a lack of … Continue reading Putting Public Services to the Test
July 10, 2017 began the second UN High Level Political Forum on progress in achieving the SDGs. The key is to shift the power from top-down to bottom up.
Introduction The World Bank hails the devolution process in Kenya as one of the most ambitious decentralization efforts in the world. Since 2013, counties have been allocated an increasingly generous portion of the total annual government expenditure, currently standing above the minimum 15 percent threshold. Historically marginalized regions have benefited from the resource allocation to … Continue reading Devolution in Kenya: Gender and Public Participation Dimension