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Using the SDGs as a compass for the Belgian development cooperation


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have changed the framework in which development cooperation works. Belgium, as a donor of development cooperation, is committed to contributing to realizing those ambitious goals. The Belgian Development Cooperation therefore has decided to use the SDGs as building blocks, making the SDGs the compass that provides the overall orientation of the efforts towards a comprehensive Belgian development effort. The SDGs are now in the third year of implementation. The Belgian development cooperation is still adapting to the new setting, and now wants to internalize and mainstream the SDGs. Changing the way from retrofitting the SDGs to the Belgian development cooperation, towards the use of the SDGs as the basis for our policies is the main challenge this research project needs to address.


The policy supporting research will focus on four research questions:


-          What can be said about the main contributions of the Belgian development cooperation to the SDGs (retro-fitting)?

-          What opportunities and policy solutions exist to leverage interlinkages between key SDG domains with special attention for inclusive economic growth, environmental sustainability and climate change, and a rights-based approach?

-          How can the contribution of the Belgian development cooperation to the SDGs be measured and reported systematically and consistently for the different cooperation channels?

-          What is the most appropriate approach for an action-based learning system to guide the implementation of Belgian efforts towards the SDGs?

Intervention type

Policy Supporting Research (2019-2021)


01/01/2019 - 31/12/2019

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Huib Huyse
Local partner institution KU Leuven
Other Flemish Partners Universiteit Antwerpen
Budget € 172.856