The 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals are known in all our partner countries and therefore act as a unique, universal language for everyone involved in development cooperation. As part of German development cooperation (DC)/international cooperation (IC), each ongoing project and programme plays a part in implementing the global 2030 Agenda and achieving the SDGs.
It is therefore important for the projects and programmes to be familiar with the national efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda, the current implementation status in the country, coordination bodies and the challenges that have been identified. The previous sections of this working aid are thus relevant for our projects and programmes too.
In our function as expert advisors to our partners, who have given an undertaking to the global community to implement the 2030 Agenda within a national strategy, we can go on from there to foster a dialogue in the partner country and align our work with the national strategy. By addressing the 2030 Agenda, we can promote the relevance of joint global development. Even if the project has not explicitly been commissioned as part of BMZ’s initiative for implementation of the 2030 Agenda, one aim of German DC/IC is still to give advice on this strategy process and maintain the partner’s motivation to be part of this global process. As advisors, we point to cooperation arrangements that may exist with other partners and ministries. We understand the national 2030 Agenda process and use this as our entry point.
In this context you can make use of the so-called portfolio advisory toolbox at portfolio or programme level. This contains helpful tools and instructions for moderation that facilitate a dialogue geared to joint implementation of the 2030 Agenda with managers, employees and representatives of partner organisations and other implementing bodies in the country.
The list of questions in the current report on agrregated results provides ideas for ongoing implementation.
in addtion, the questions related to project evaluation can provide inspiration to give adequate thought to the 2030 Agenda during the implementation phase.
The results-based monitoring (RBM) that builds on the planning phase is relevant to implementation. An orientation paper on this subject was produced in 2017, which states how aspects related to the 2030 Agenda can be incorporated into RBM.
The GIZ management system for cooperation models, Capacity WORKS, can also be put to good use for implementing the five principles of the 2030 Agenda. The new brief information sheet (German only) offers a clear outline of this subject.
Don’t forget: the personal actions of staff members and managers also contribute to credible advisory services in the partner country. The principles of corporate sustainability (German only) thus make a contribution of their own to implementation of the SDGs by German development cooperation actors. By keeping this in mind, also when advising the partner, designing events, making business trips, etc., each staff member at the project can become part of the implementation process.