Empowering Public And Private Partners To Mainstream, Implement And Review Agenda 2030

Training and capacity development are key supporting factors to mainstream the SDGs into national development plans and strategies, develop monitoring and review frameworks, and translate the new agenda into transformative action at country level.

The Development Connect founders both have an academic background in sustainable development (Imperial College/SOAS, London) and are well experienced in strategy, programming and training design and delivery and tool development that focus on the capacity needs of all national and subnational institutions involved in Agenda 2030. We developed an integrated toolkit designed for use by national partners which can be easily adapted to different national contexts. The toolkit includes guidance materials for facilitators, which enables national stakeholders to deliver the training themselves. Development Connect’s experts are available for coaching and support, if required.

This training package will be contextualized as per our clients’ demands/needs and can be used for organising briefings with two main objectives:

  • to help the public and private sector and key national stakeholders stay informed on the content of the Agenda 2030;
  • to enable countries begin preliminary discussions on mainstreaming the SDG agenda into each context, including the initial mapping of the SDGs in the framework of existing national plans and strategies, and to reflect on priority-setting, as well as data, monitoring and review requirements.

The trainings are designed as a set of modules, intended for 30 to 100 participants, and can be delivered in one of the following formats:

  • 2-day workshop (a total of 12-16 hours);
  • 5 briefings (2–3 hours in length) spread over several days or weeks.

Some of the key elements that will need to be addressed as part of the integration of the SDGs at national level include:

  • Roles, participation and responsibilities: strategic leadership, institutional arrangements and coordination mechanisms, avenues for engagement with multiple stakeholders;
  • Timeframe: alignment between national long-term and mid-term planning, sectoral plans, budgets, and the results frameworks (national SDG targets)
  • Data requirements: existing data, availability of baseline data, potential availability of data in new goal areas, areas for strengthening national statistical capacities;
  • Resources and partnerships: estimating needed resources – financial, capacity, technology, partnerships – and analyzing the resources currently available and new sources of financing and expertise;
  • Setting overall and intermediate national targets: matching the level of ambition and initial conditions/resources to define overall targets, and the intermediate targets for the first reporting period (for example, 4 years);
  • Integrating targets into plans, policies and matching with means: including directly targets into national development plan, sectoral plans, reflecting them in policy interventions, programming and budgeting, and developing resource mobilization strategies;
  • Modalities of national review: identifying the modalities of national review, including the timeline and the contributions from various stakeholders and citizens;
  • Translating national goals and targets to sub-national level: raising awareness and understanding of the implications among local governments and supporting them in defining local objectives, programming, implementing policies, mobilizing resources and monitoring.

Each government will decide on its process of the integration of the SDGs into national plans and strategies.


(UNITAR, 2015)

Some steps for adapting and integrating the SDGs at national level may include:

  1. Identifying and strengthening suitable existing or creating new coordination mechanisms and institutional arrangements with a view to steering the mainstreaming of the SDGs into national planning;
  2. Reviewing existing national development plans and strategies, incl. sectoral plans and strategies and other related plans, to assess the extent to which the SDG areas are reflected;
  3. Examining how the SDGs can help reach long-term national development objectives SDGs and long-term national development objectives;
  4. Mapping and engaging with multiple stakeholders, incl. parliaments, local authorities, civil society and private sector, to create networks and ensure their inputs into, and participation in national SDG processes from the planning phase;
  5. Carrying out a gap analysis in the “business as usual” scenario;
  6. Identifying areas for change and criteria for defining early priorities*;
  7. Analyzing possible synergies and linkages for strengthening policy coherence and interaction between different sectors;
  8. Carrying out analysis of data availability for SDGs and discussing areas requiring improved data collection capacity;
  9. Analyzing financial and capacity needs and identifying current and possible new resources and partnerships;
  10. Matching ambition and circumstances/resources to define national targets;
  11. Setting overall national targets and first intermediate targets;
  12. Updating national plans, strategies, incl. sectoral plans, and results frameworks, as necessary, to reflect the priorities, improve policy coherence and include intermediate targets;
  13. Translating plans and intermediate targets into policy interventions and reflecting synergies;
  14. Matching policy interventions with possible sources of financing and partnerships;
  15. Aligning the budget with the national SDG priorities by including the related policy interventions and detailed costs;
  16. Preparing local governments to the “localization” of national goals at sub-national level;
  17. Defining modalities of national review and follow-up and identifying mechanisms for citizen participation;
  18. Raising awareness of all citizens about the national priorities  and SDGs;
  19. Engaging with the private sector to enhance its participation in the implementation of the SDGs.

*Criteria for prioritizing: In addition to benchmarking, prioritizing may be needed against the longer timeframe as the country starts integrating SDGs into national development plans and strategies. Each country will define its own criteria to prioritize actions. Such criteria may include but are not limited to (or necessarily relevant): areas with biggest gaps, or potential for fastest progress, areas that have a multiplier or spill-over effect on other areas, perceived value of the area, values with potential to mobilize resources, areas with highest impact, or any other.