EFFORT - Efficient SDG Fulfilment for Regions in Transition

EFFORT – Efficient SDG Fulfillment for Regions in Transition – establishes a basis for international, regional, national, and cross-sectoral, structured collaboration built on a societal PhD program and an international forum. EFFORT achieves this by organizing and creating centers acting as a multidisciplinary bridge engaging in co-creation of scientific research and enrolling PhD students in bilateral “sandwich” projects where Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) fulfillment, high-quality research and regional development challenges overlap. Initially EFFORT draws on existing relationships between Sweden, Rwanda and Uganda, consolidating multilateral collaboration between academia and practice. EFFORT is also drawing on active participation by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to create stronger capacity for societally relevant research and use of results, methods and solutions, in the  implementation of Agenda 2030 and hence the fulfillment of SDGs in the global South and North

Objective

The overall objective of EFFORT is to accelerate SDG fulfillment by closing the gaps between academic research and public stakeholder challenges, creating stronger capacity for research and use of results for the fulfillment of the Agenda 2030 SDGs. 

EFFORT is to contribute to SDG fulfillment through knowledge co-creation and organized network building involving academia and practice, specifically by embedding PhD students in public stakeholder institutions (e.g., municipalities or government authorities), to carry out PhD projects where SDG fulfillment, high-quality research and regional development challenges overlap.

A mid-term aim of EFFORT is that the EFFORT model, by the initial development of local EFFORT Steering Committees (ESCs) will serve to evolve these into National EFFORT Centers (NECs); organizations that will develop co-creative capacity to carry on and develop beyond the scope of this application. The NECs will use a multidisciplinary knowledge and experience base to develop, exchange and assist in the implementation of SDG solutions, catalyzed by PhD projects embedded in public sector organizations, and regionally participate in the widening of EFFORT as it forms part of an international network - the EFFORT Forum. This development emphasizes that EFFORT from the outset has been created as a partnership for the goals, with the mid-term vision and aim of widening from the initial three countries to encompass a larger number of participants also from other countries. 

Period: 2022-2023 (application for 2024-2026 currently in review)
 

Partners: 

  • SWEDESD, Uppsala University
  • International Science Programme (ISP), Uppsala University 
  • The foundation for collaboration between the universities in Uppsala, business and the private sector (STUNS) 
  • The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) 
  • Uppsala Municipality 
  • University of Rwanda (UR) 
  • The City of Kigali, Rwanda (CoK)
  • Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) 
  • Rwanda Water Resources Board (RWB) 
  • Makerere university, Uganda (MAK) 
  • Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda (KCCA) 
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, central and local offices) 

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Shepherd Urenje

Specialist vid Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa, Swedesd - Centrum för forskning och utbildning om lärande för hållbar utveckling

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Eva Friman

Forskare vid Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa, Swedesd - Centrum för forskning och utbildning om lärande för hållbar utveckling

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Senast uppdaterad: 2022-09-07