Information for integrated Decision-Making & Participation

Although one of the poorest countries in the world, Rwanda has achieved most of its Millennium Development targets for health. The major mechanisms for implementation of government policies, with the support of development partners, have been the provision of relatively local health centers, payment of health providers by results, setting up an affordable health insurance scheme and the appointment of volunteer Community Health Workers. The effectiveness of this level of community involvement suggests that the SDGs may also be attainable. This article informs the achievement for SDG 3 and its targets.
Reducing large-scale deforestation in commodity frontiers remains a key challenge for climate change mitigation and the conservation of biodiversity. Public and private anti-deforestation policies have been shown to effectively reduce forest loss, but the conditions under which such policies get adopted are rarely examined. This paper proposes a set of conditions for the adoption of effective anti-deforestation policies. Such conditions will help to advance SDG 15.2 to promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests and halt deforestation.
The decision-making process for sustainable development (SD) needs to consider 4 types of rationalities, namely instrumental rationality to engage people towards SD; substantive rationality to integrate values for SD in decision making; communicative rationality to promote cooperation and coordination for more SD; and bounded rationality to consider human cognitive properties and the presence of complexities intrinsic to SD. More sustainable decisions would require educating for sustainability-related values to influence individual decisions; making decision-makers accountable and promoting systemic changes in the current development model.
Elsevier,

Telematics and Informatics, Volume 34, Issue 1, February 2017, Pages 79-90.

Focussing on SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 13 (climate action), this research investigates the convergence of green attributes in multifunctional tech-products.
Linking to Goal 17, this handbook examines practical aspects and conceptual issues of international organizations and their relationship with nation-states and international authority.
HPCC training
HPCC Systems offers free introductory online training classes for anyone wanting to learn the basics of the ECL programming language and the open source HPCC Systems platform. Included in the training are self-paced lessons, lab exercises and a moderated Q&A forum to increase proficiency for solving Big Data problems. HPCC Systems training advances SDG 4 Quality education and SDG 9.B to support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries.
Elsevier,

Research Intelligence, August 2016

Cancer Moonshot Report
With this report, Elsevier aims to benchmark and map out the global landscape of cancer research to provide helpful new insights. Along with other materials, this benchmark report will offer the research community, pubic, policymakers and research funding organizations information on the current state of cancer related research. We hope this report will be used to inform the development of new operational approaches, priorities, policies and funding strategies to produce new knowledge that will address key challenges related to cancer in the most effective, efficient and impactful way possible.
By 2020, the UN has set a target to reduce the number of new HIV infections to below 500 000. This Personal View article puts the aim in the context of previous prevention targets and highlights the research and real-world evidence that supports HIV prevention programmes. By focusing on a broad set of approaches (such as condom distribution, education, and access to antiretroviral therapy) and ensuring they are applied to the most relevant populations the ambitious 2020 targets might be met. This contributes to SDG3 and the bid to end the AIDS epidemic.
Linking to Goal 17, this report helps investors understand the sustainable development goals and how financial markets can support sustainable development.
Linking to Goal 17, this report examines how institutional investors across the world are beginning to interact with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and paint an early picture of investors’ current and future plans to engage with these Goals.

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