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The SDG-pathfinding project aims to develop novel tools and capacities to understand and manage SDG interlinkages and support a sustainable development pathway for African countries that is adapted to local capacities and priorities.

The project will pursue this goal by adopting a strongly inter-and trans-disciplinary approaches that will:

  • Analyze multi-level governance structures and path dependencies to identify impediments and enablers to sustainability and equity.
  • Develop and test an innovative, online and participatory SDG scenario policy tool to support the development of inclusive and bottom up narratives and transformation pathways encompassing the strategies and solutions needed to reach the SDG agenda.
  • Foster exchange and collective learning experiences to promote social learning and innovation on SDGs, and support the institutionalization of the sustainability agenda beyond the lifetime of the project


The approach will be tested and implemented in two places with the goal of setting a Living Lab: Fimela district in Senegal and Swartkops catchment in South Africa.

Additional Info

  • Contact(s):

    Project manager for G-EAU Unit: Olivier Barreteau
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  • Briefly:

    Financial sponsor of study: Belmont Forum
    Partner Organizations: IIASA coordination (Autriche), GAIA (Senegal), Rhodes University (South Africa)
    Project type: Research
    Country, Region of study: Sénégal et Afrique du Sud
    Starting date of the project: Août 2021
    End date of the project: Août 2023

  • Productions:

    Productions related to the project: coming soon
    - Articles:
    - Theses:
    - Software:

  • Team(s) of Joint Research Unit concerned:


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