Fifteen Years Isn’t That Long: The SDGs and Holistic Development

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Fifteen Years Isn’t That Long: The SDGs and Holistic Development
Blog Post  12/15/17
Charles Kenny
Do the fifteen year targets of the SDGs stand in the way of their vision of integration and sustainability? If you wanted to achieve long term development progress, you’d probably focus on technology change, learning and innovation in policies, and improving institutional functioning. If you wanted to improve outcomes in fifteen years, you’d probably focus on throwing money at technical solutions. The problems with the second approach include that we don’t have the money, and the technical solutions won’t necessarily work best over the long term.