Policy research institutions and the health SDGs: Building momentum in West Africa
The 2017 Dakar consultation on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) concluded with a wide consensus among participants on the need for a regional coalition to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and track where and how the progress is happening. As a next step, this project aims to advance this consensus and identify key regional priorities for the health-related SDGs. It will also propose mechanisms that can track progress towards the health-related SDGs nationally and regionally.
The project will be led by Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale Sénégal and the West African Health Organization. Policy research institutions in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Senegal will also collaborate in the research activities. In addition, the project aims to work with key civil society organizations across a range of social and economic sectors to analyze their involvement in implementing and monitoring the health-related SDGs, including actions to ensure meaningful engagement and participation of women and marginalized groups.
A key outcome of this project will be a deeper understanding of the key indicators and the extent to which the required data exists to monitor them. The results will be used to develop a multi-stakeholder SDG monitoring approach for the health-related indicators in West Africa.
The project aligns with the 2030 global agenda for sustainable development and is closely aligned with Canada’s policy for civil society partnerships for international assistance.