Policy research institutions and the health SDGs: Building momentum in Eastern and Southern Africa

This is one of four pilot projects exploring the feasibility of a Think Heath Initiative, a prospective program that would support evidence-based policy engagement on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project will undertake seven national SDG scoping studies, one each for Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Each national study will describe official SDG governance arrangements, stakeholder involvement, citizen engagement, national discourse, goals around gender, and multisectoral collaboration. They will analyze the presence or absence of civil society engagement and local community-level engagement in the SDGs, and will offer insights into best practices for civic engagement. Each study will also suggest practical means of increasing civic engagement where it is lacking.

Based on the national studies, a regional analysis will be generated and published in the Global Health Governance journal. The project will promote stakeholder inclusion and engagement around health and the SDGs and provide the basis for the design of the Think Health Initiative.

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10 months

IDRC Officer

Zoe Boutilier

Total funding

CA$ 152,400


South of Sahara, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia

Project Leader

Francis Omaswa


African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation Limited (By Guarantee)

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