IDRC contributes to policy advice for G20 Summit in Hamburg

July 07, 2017

IDRC thought leadership in two areas — eSkills for women and girls and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — is contributing to discussions surrounding the G20 Summit on July 7–8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.

As chair and host of the G20 Summit this year, Germany is tackling the growing gender digital divide, particularly in developing countries where there is an estimated 16% difference in access between men and women. Launched in June 2017, the German government’s #eSkills4Girls platform features two IDRC projects that are helping young women build the skillsets they need to take advantage of jobs related to information and communication technologies (ICT) and to build new applications and economic opportunities.

The #eSkills4Girls initiative recognizes the key role that ICTs can play in women’s rights, gender equality, and economic empowerment. It is also focussed on sharing best practices to help ensure that women in developing countries are able to both access and develop the skills and confidence to improve their livelihoods in the digital economy. 

SDGs and health

Over the past six months, IDRC has supported a series of international consultations exploring the contributions of policy research institutions to the health-related SDGs. This engagement has provided the Centre with a detailed global overview of the current impact of the SDGs on health. Drawing on this knowledge, three IDRC staff co-authored a T20 policy brief on health and the SDGs. Part of a package of policy recommendations coordinated by the Think 20 Group, the brief proposes that G20 governments and political leaders acknowledge the centrality of health to attaining the SDGs. The brief calls on G20 leaders to:

  • adopt a health-in-all-policies approach
  • prioritize the most vulnerable
  • engage citizens in policy processes
  • fill health data gaps

IDRC links to the G20 date back to 2003 when the Centre supported several years of research to build a case for the expansion of the G20 from a meeting of finance ministers to a leaders’ summit addressing a broad range of issues.

Learn about the two IDRC projects featured in the #eSkills4Girls platform:

Read about early IDRC-supported research related to the G20 in Globalization and Summit Reform: An Experiment in International Governance.

Watch a one-minute video about ensuring health for all.