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Café Series

Space for Interaction hosts debates on topical and current issues related to poverty, development and social change, held at CEPA premises in an informal setting. The Café series focuses mainly on non-mainstream subjects, targeted towards non academic, non development and the youth. There are 4-6 Café series per year.

Starting Strong - the first 1000 days of the SDGs - Asian regional dialogue

The SDGs are an ambitious agenda. Early actions taken by government, civil society and the private sector are critical in setting the foundation for success or failure in the years to come. Achieving the goals will require the involvement  of a wide range of actors; it is therefore important that different voices weigh in on key priorities moving forward.

A set of regional dialogues taking place across Africa, Asia and Latin America will seek to bring together researchers and policy-makers to identify and discuss SDG priority actions for effective implementation at national, regional and global scales. Each of the regional dialogues will bring together development thinkers and decision-makers for two days in an interactive setting. The dialogues will:

  • Convene a select group of actors who can build a platform to champion SDG implementation and maintain momentum and a sense of urgency within their respective countries and across the region;
  • Generate ideas on concrete actions that will catalyse early action and help avoid the slow start on implementation that plagued the MDGs;
  • Pool knowledge and substantive evidence on integrated approaches to SDGs implementation - ideas/actions that take into account the social, economic and environmental dimensions of the goals - and what the principle of 'leave no one behind' means in practice for the region.


Click here to view the current draft agenda. Please note this document will be regularly updated in the run-up to the dialogue. 

Register your interest

The second of these events will be held in Sri Lanka, from 18-19 May 2016, in partnership with Southern Voice and the Centre for Poverty Analysis. Spaces are very limited for the event: please follow the link below to register your interest but note that a place to attend is NOT guaranteed.

Source: developmentprogress.org