Policy research institutions and the health SDGs: Building momentum in South Asia

This pilot project is one of four pilots 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, implemented in collaboration with the Pakistan-based Sustainable Development Policy Institute, will undertake national SDG scoping studies in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Each national study will describe official SDG governance arrangements, stakeholder involvement, citizen engagement, national discourse, goals related to gender, and multisectoral collaboration. Each will analyze the presence or absence of civil society engagement and local community-level engagement in the SDGs in the countries, and will offer insights into best practices for civic engagement, as well as suggest practical means of increasing civic engagement where it is lacking.

Based on the national studies, a regional analysis will also be generated and published in the Global Health Governance journal. The project will promote stakeholder inclusion and engagement around health and the SDGs, including through the evolution of the Think_SDG network and the design of the Think Health Initiative.

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End Date

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


10 months

IDRC Officer

Peter Taylor

Total funding

CA$ 148,500


South Asia

Project Leader

Saadiya Razzaq


Sustainable Development Policy Institute

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