2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and development assistance


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is expected to advocate for more inclusive and sustainable development objectives. In view of the key role for social protection for social and economic development, extending adequate social protection to all the population, is reflected in the post-2015 agenda. Social protection systems can be in fact a powerful tool for eradicating poverty, reducing the levels of inequality, promoting social inclusion and thus boosting inclusive development.


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Beyond Addis: Financing social protection in the 2030 Agenda

 In 2015, both the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit resulted in a renewed global commitment to development and poverty eradication. Following the Summit, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This new global development […]

Sustainable Development Goals and the Case for a Developmental Welfare State

Debates around a new development agenda that is to build on, but broaden, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are shifting into higher gear. The Open Working Group (OWG)—a group of more than 30 countries convened by the Rio Conference on Sustainable Development—recently presented its outcome document on sustainable development goals (SDGs) (OWG 2014). The Sustainable […]

A Rejoinder to ‘Pro-Poor and Pro-Development Transparency’

Charles Lwanga-Ntale, Africa Regional Director at Development Initiatives


Human Development Report 2016 — Human Development for Everyone

The 2016 Human Development Report focuses on how human development can be ensured for everyone — now and in the future. It starts with an account of the achievements, challenges and hopes for human progress, envisioning where humanity wants to go. Its vision draws from and builds on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that […]

Social Protection for Sustainable Development: Dialogues between Africa and Brazil

Making sustainable development a reality by 2030 will require a substantial transformation to be made to development practices. The significant increase in the number and quality of social protection systems throughout the Global South brings renewed hope and enthusiasm. In Africa, 48 countries have established flagship programmes, with more than 120 different initiatives being implemented. […]

Mapping the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Introduction Aim. This interactive document aims to encourage an in-depth and broad-based exploration of the links and synergies between the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Background. It complements the 2-page document produced by UNICEF in January 2016 which presents preliminary mapping of the current priority Global […]

Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

World leaders have committed to transform our world and to leave no one behind in the quest for sustainable development. What needs to happen now to enable the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to deliver on its transformative promise? Which policies and practices will lead to social, economic and ecological justice? Research presented in this […]

Africa Regional Report on the Sustainable Development Goals

This report presents Africa’s sustainable development priorities and goals, prepared under the framework of the Africa post-2015 consultations, and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”) follow-up processes. It is based on information gathered through consultations undertaken in the five subregions of Africa and from an extensive literature review.   The report was presented […]

World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015: Learning from national policies supporting MDG implementation

The launching of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the dawn of this century ushered in one of the most important initiatives undertaken by the United Nations. The implementation of this initiative formally expired in 2015 and the world is now set to embrace the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Agenda succeeds the MDGs, […]

Global Social Protection: New impetus from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The issue of social protection has undergone something of a renaissance in the development policy debate in recent years and has lately become a particular focus of interest for several international organizations, first and foremost the International Labour Organization with its Social Protection Floor Initiative. What’s more, promoting social protection systems as a tool for […]

The Sustainable Development Agenda: From Inspiration to Action

The SDGs stand a chance of hitting the ground running. Even before they are put before the UN General Assembly, politicians, policy makers, civil society, business and the media have been reacting positively to the new sustainable development agenda. The agenda is indeed to be welcomed. It responds to the exploding social, economic, political and […]

Social Inclusion, Poverty Eradication and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The concept of social inclusion, also referred to as social integration or social cohesion, represents a vision for “a society for all”, in which every individual, each with rights and responsibilities, has an active role to play (Report of the World Summit for Social Development, 1995). While various definitions have been developed to describe social […]

Poverty, Inequality and Social Protection in Southeast Asia

Social protection is now widely accepted as encompassing a set of programmes designed to assist individuals and households in maintaining basic consumption and living standards when confronted by a range of contingencies across the life course (including ill-health, unemployment and old age). While often considered a luxury available only to rich countries, or confined to […]


Brussels Conference on Social Protection after 2015

Isabel Ortiz, Director Social Protection of the ILO and UNRISD Senior Research Fellow Magdalena Sepúlveda participated in Post-2015: Social Protection for All, a conference hosted by the Belgium’s Federal Public Service in Brussels on 27 April. The meeting identified ways to ensure that a rights-based approach to social protection is an integral part of the post-2015 agenda. […]