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Measuring Peace in the New Sustainable Development Goals

The Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and the Network Peacebuilding Evaluation (NPE) were pleased to have hosted the Thursday Talk with John Filson on March 26 2015 on "Measuring Peace in the New Sustainable Development Goals."   If you missed the talk, please view the description and resources below.  

The Millennium Development Goals, which will expire later this year, were a major step forward in creating global norms and uniting countries around an agenda to address the manifestations of extreme poverty. The next step in humanity’s shared plan for ending poverty, the Sustainable Development Goals, will be officially endorsed at the U.N. General Assembly this September and will guide international development strategies for the next 15 years.

If endorsed in their current form, the new SDGs will tackle not only the manifestations of global poverty but also its structural causes, such as political exclusion, inequalities, and environmental degradation. Between now and September, many large and small countries will be arguing against the inclusion of peace-related targets in the SDGs, often saying they cannot be measured and therefore do not belong in the agenda.

This Thursday’s Talk will take a closer look at some of the peace-related targets included in the SDGs and weigh their implications, from a Learning perspective. Are the arguments against measurability correct? If such targets are included, where will programs likely encounter difficulties trying to measure outcomes? How can the Learning and Evaluation community contribute tangibly to the success of peace-related targets?

Recording and Transcript: 

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Resources shared during the presentation: 

On behalf of Debbie Trent:

John's presentation is compelling.  I think that the indicators and goals are rigorous, but operationalizing them with accuracy and reliability is a question of political will.  To muster political will requires mounting of evidence, which the Saferworld and Institute for Economics of Peace methodologies, along with the other organizations that have presented Thursday Talks, are doing. I think that for example more interfaith efforts, which AfP and Search (etc) are pursuing, can change political will and lift the conversation out of the West versus East "box."  Do you all plan an AfP conference session for the DME work (I'll bet you are) and if so, why not raise this topic of the viability of the proposed SDGs there? 

On behalf of Kerry Abbott:

You see data from a govt office and you have to ask what is the capacity of that office? Where did they get the data from? How much time do we have to build their capacity in gathering data before we can assess our progress..a decade?