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:
Check back soon for the transcript!