Project Profile: SDG-pathfinding

SDG-Pathfinding: Co-Creating Pathways for Sustainable Development in Africa


Principal Investigators: Barbara Willaarts, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Partners: Olivier Barreteau, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, France
Henri Mathieu Lo, GAIA, Senegal
Oghenekaro Nelson Odume, Rhodes University, South Africa
Sponsors: Austrian Science Fund, Austria
French National Research Agency, France
Future Earth, International/Africa
National Research Foundation, South Africa


Full Project Title: SDG-Pathfinding: Co-Creating Pathways for Sustainable Development in Africa
Full Call Title: Pathways2020


Project Objective: The SDG-pathfinding project aims to bridge this gap and 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. We will pursue this goal by adopting a strongly inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches that will:

1. Analyze multi-level governance structures and path dependencies to identify impediments and enablers to sustainability and equity,

2. 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,

3. 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
Call Objective: The goal of this CRA is to provide a science base for achieving sustainability goals. The CRA will support 1-2 years of collaborative research networking activities that focus on integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop Earth-system-based transformation pathways for sustainable development.


Regions: Africa
Countries: Senegal, South Africa


Duration: 24 months
Call Date: 2020
Project Award Date: 2021