Towards Systemic and Contextual Priority Setting for Implementing the 2030 Agenda
Assessing systemic and contextual interactions of SDG targets
This paper pushes the frontier of how interactions amongst SDG targets can be understood and accounted for in policy and planning. By considering how a target interacts with another target and how that target in turn interacts with other targets, results provide a more robust basis for priority setting of SDG efforts. The analysis identifies which targets have the most and least positive influence on the network and guides where efforts may be directed (and not); where strong positive and negative links sit, raising warning flags to areas requiring extra attention; and how targets that reinforce each other’s progress cluster, suggesting where important cross-sectoral collaboration between actors is merited.