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Evaluation of the Contribution to the Implementation of SDGs by EU External Action in the period 2016-2021

In 2016, the European Commission (EC) committed themselves to integrating the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development into their policy across all sectors. As such, the EC has aimed to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) deeply into their external action efforts and policy making. The SDGs are a set of 17 goals aimed at improving global economic, environmental, and social conditions by 2030.

In 2021, Aide à la Décision Économique (ADE) was commissioned to conduct the evaluation of EU’s role in supporting progress towards the achievement of the SDGs through external actions in DG INTPA and DG NEAR partner countries between 2016 and 2021. As a part of this contract, IRMA’s Lezlie Moriniére led an interdisciplinary team of experts from ADE, Data-Pop Alliance (DPA) from Harvard University to develop comprehensive results for a strategic and process-oriented evaluation of the impact of EC’s integration of the SDG framework into their external action during the 6-year period of interest.

The report was published in March 2024 and is available here.

The InfoPoint presentation of the results took place on 15 April 2024, 16h CET. The video of the conference will be soon available here.

Save the Children International’s Climate risk responses evidence review and synthesis

Due to a lack of robust evidence on successful child-sensitive locally-led climate adaptation, Save the Children International (SCI) has commissioned IRMA to conduct a rapid structured scoping of evidence. SCI intends to identify the most promising solutions to address climate risks affecting children, particularly those experiencing inequality and discrimination. 

Marking the initial phase of a wider SCI effort, this review will explore actions across SCI’s six priority sectors:education, child protection, social protection, livelihoods, health, and WASH and will highlight contexts involving migration and displacement.

The overarching objectives of this review are to:

  •       Identify, review, and consolidate existing evidence on the most promising solutions.
  •       Highlight Gaps in existing evidence and explore opportunities to generate new evidence.

Ultimately, the results of this review will provide insights to advocate for the best use of climate finance in support of children adapting to climate change. Additionally, it will inform the development of business initiatives and program design for interventions that prioritize child-centered locally-led adaptation.