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Impact Conclave 2017 to hold discourse on SDGs

Aug 29, 2017

Impact Conclave 2017 aims at focussing on discussing 'evidence' for sustainable development.

New Delhi: Giving credence to all that is talked about sustainable development on various fronts and the respective progress, the second episode of the Impact Conclave 2017 is all set to focus on discussing evidence on the development landscape.

The conclave aims at looking successful ways of synthesising evidence for decision making and policy formation while taking note of the existing challenges in the uptake of research evidence in the policy making process.

During the course of the two-day conclave being organised in Delhi on August 30-31, the discussion will attempt at holding a dialogue on a variety of issues ranging from challenges to changes across the development landscape.

This strengthening of discourse on sustainable development, both globally and in India, holds a promise for reducing inter-generational poverty and increasing the overall benefits enjoyed by communities.

With this line of thought, the conclave aims to assess the transformation the country and its development policies have witnessed after two years in the era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs, as they are popularly known globally, are a set of dedicated targets and indicators that are guiding the countries towards framing their agendas and political policies over the next 13 years in sync with the global aspirations of holistic all round development.

The conclave has emerged as a a cross-learning platform to diverse stakeholders actively participating in the process of sustainable development.

The conclave will also endeavour to examine the existing implementation models, and explore the contours of emerging measurement mechanisms and methods for building result oriented and effective evidence for scaling up interventions with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year’s conclave has been conceived as an yearly convention for all kinds of stakeholders who are really passionate about creating and catalysing ‘real’ impact on ground. The Impact Conclave looks at identifying itself as a multi-stakeholder platform to facilitate thinking about and showcasing impact towards informing thought and action within the development ecosystem.

According to Kultar Singh, CEO, Sambodhi, which is organising the conclave, the objective of the conclave is to gather diverse experts across thematic areas into a single concerted pool of professionals for devising ways to reach towards evidence based outcome of interventions for furthering the process of sustainable development.

The SDGs were adopted by countries under the aegis of the UN On September 25, 2015 for putting an end to poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

The conclave strives to do all this by focussing on the current national agenda, by probing the progress of key initiatives, and identifying policy gaps, the existing and future thrust areas and high impact areas for social change.

The conclave this year is inclined to lay the ground work for discussions on greater synergies between measurement agencies and implementers and the importance of efficiency in technical and other partnerships.

Sambodhi measures impact by unfolding evidence supported by the art and science of measurement by knowledge building and capacity development through trainings, seminars, publications and workshops across the Indian sub-continent.

Along with many others, the event will be graced by well known speakers like Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India; Brajesh Pandey, Executive Director, Kaarak; and Sheena Cherian, Head-Skills, British Council.

The learnings from the Conclave shall be disseminated across various regional forums and shall feed into the action points for the next conclave.

The Impact partner consortium is a unique institutional arrangement bringing together grassroots nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and indigenous think-tanks in partnership with the social research organizations, donors, academia and the Indian Government.

The prominent partners for the Impact Conclave include among others the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Care India, National Foundation for India (NFI), Grameen Foundation India, Transforming Rural India (TRI), OXFAM and OneWorld Foundation India.

OneWorld, a Delhi based nonprofit, is the media and outreach partner for the Conclave. OneWorld uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for furthering social and sustainable development.

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