Pre-announcement: NWA call on Sustainable Development Goals

Thematic call on SDG interactions & policy interventions in developing countries

13 December 2019

In the beginning of 2020, NWO launches a new research programme on the interactions between the Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries. The programme has a total of six million euros available for three international, interdisciplinary and knowledge chain-wide consortia. The deadline for pre-proposals is foreseen at the end of March.

This programme is co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is being developed within the "SDGs for inclusive global development" route of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA). After the pre-proposal phase, consortia can be invited to submit a full proposal at the beginning of July.

SDG interactions and policy interventions

Inclusive global development is a "wicked problem". Coherent solutions are difficult to find due to uncertainties, conflicting values, changing framework conditions and interdependencies. Solutions for these complex global issues require a new way of thinking.

The aim of the research programme is to gain new insights into the interdependencies between the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the way in which they can influence each other - positively or negatively - and what and their effects and impact is on policy interventions. The Dutch foreign trade and development cooperation policy is partly based on assumptions on this process, but they need to be further investigated. For example, we expect the research to provide tools for integrated and better substantiated policies for achieving the SDGs worldwide.

Three themes

Three themes are elaborated within the programme.

  1. Governance and decision-making regarding the SDG process: underlying questions focus on knowledge and advice on SDG policy coherence in a multiform context in developing countries.
  2. Synergy and trade-offs between individual SDG objectives, especially in the field of interventions to promote food security and the agro-sector.
  3. Climate change as a security risk: climate is often seen by policy makers as a threat multiplier for conflict and instability. But under what circumstances does this apply or not and how can early warning / early action processes in peace missions be improved?

One consortium will be funded within each theme. The research teams must use a flexible working method, whereby they frequently contribute to policy dialogues and knowledge sharing, and to the synthesis and use of the insights gained during the implementation of their project.

About the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA)

The Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) describes broad, challenging subjects that require a national approach and with which Dutch research can strengthen society and the knowledge economy. The NWA was established through an innovative process that involved the input of citizens and scientists. The NWA is from and for everybody; therefore it can only be implemented with the involvement of everybody! On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science  (OCW) NWO has funded interdisciplinary research across the entire knowledge chain in the context of the NWA since 2018, for example via thematic programming. The aim of the thematic NWA programmes, which are realised in collaboration with government ministries, is to find answers to current societal questions.

WOTRO Science for Global Development is responsible for the implementation of this NWA thematic call.

Source: NWO