Smart, systemic and sustainable capacity development for effective national implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Who will own and lead the national implementation process of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

In line with development effectiveness principles, the proposal is to take a smart, systemic and sustainable capacity development (human and institutional) approach to enable transformative, country-driven and impactful implementation of the SDGs.

A smart and systemic capacity development approach interdependently strengthens:

  • individual capacities (e.g. knowledge, skills and competencies),
  • organizational and institutional capacities (e.g. performance of organizations, cross-sectoral multi-stakeholder coordination mechanisms) as well as
  • the systemic capacities (e.g. the enabling environment such as sound regulatory and policy frameworks, effective governance, institutional linkages, networks and enhanced political commitment and will).

Concretely, this means jointly with stakeholders:

(a) assessing capacity strengths, needs and priorities

(b) define and design contextualized capacity development interventions and

(c) define meaningful results and track progress.

Practical tools, methods, approaches and experiences are available by a variety of development actors, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In sum, it will take “two-to-tango” for effective SDGs national level implementation- coherent and coordinated approach among development actors as well as capacities and commitment by developing countries.

A smart, systemic and sustainable  capacity development approach in line with development effectiveness principles can make a tangible and meaningful contribution towards this aim.

Disclaimer: This is a contribution to the United Nations Open Consultation on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is a personal opinion with reference to institutional approaches on effective capacity development approach of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


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