Sustainable Development Goals

CAFOD researchers work on many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed at the UN in 2015

CAFOD researchers work on many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed at the UN in 2015

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

In 2015 global leaders agreed a new set of Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty, tackle inequality and put us all on a more sustainable pathway by 2030. The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). CAFOD has been advocating for new global development goals since 2011 when 104 of our partners told us that the goals are important to the work they do with communities around the world.

What does CAFOD think about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals? 

The SDGs are a step forwards as they better reflect national contexts, include issues like energy and climate change which were previously excluded, and were created through a more open and inclusive process that responded to the priorities of people with direct experience of poverty.

CAFOD was one of the founding organisations of the global civil society campaign, Beyond 2015. We have contributed to many of their policy positions. CAFOD is also member of Together 2030, the new global coalition following Beyond 2030. 

Our research papers and reports cover issues such as poverty, sustainable environment, sustainable development and Laudato Si and SDGs.

Sustainable Development Goals policy and research papers

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  • Agriculture people and nature Harnessing the potential of agriculture for people and nature

    Briefing based on analysis commissioned by the RSPB and CAFOD of UK aid spend on agriculture, assessing the contribution that agricultural spend is currently making towards sustainable development.

  • 7 ways Church makes difference 7 ways the Church makes a difference

    Drawing from dozens of inspiring examples, this report outlines seven clear ways the Catholic Church makes a lasting difference to people’s lives.

  • UK ODA sustainable development Making ODA fit for purpose in a changing world

    A policy brief prepared by CAFOD, the RSPB, Christian Aid, WWF-UK and Oxfam GB, based on the 'UK ODA and sustainable development' report by IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development).

  • A Quick Guide for Civil Society to Engage in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda A Quick Guide for Civil Society to Engage in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda (1mb, pdf)
    Together 2030, CAFOD and Uniting to Combat NTDs

    CAFOD and Together 2030 produced this quick guide with the aim to provide guidance to civil society, national coalitions and other nongovernmental stakeholders on how to engage in this review process of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. It provides step-by-step recommendations and includes further resources for organisations planning to get involved in SDG implementation processes specifically through the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process.

    Download the report in Spanish:  Una guía rápida para la participación de la sociedad civil en la implementación de la Agenda 2030

    Download the report in French: Un guide rapide pour la participation de la société civile à la mise en œuvre du Programme 2030

  • CDC 2017 investments and the SDGs (CAFOD, December 2018) CDC 2017 investments and the SDGs (CAFOD, December 2018) (184kb, pdf)

    In its 2017 Annual Review, CDC outlines a shift in approach to go beyond the previous focus on job creation and move towards understanding its wider impact: “our mission is to make a lasting difference to people’s lives. This means that the ultimate impact we want to have is on people and communities”. This includes a commitment to tackling climate change, supporting women’s economic empowerment and providing quality jobs. CAFOD assessed all of CDC’s 2017 investments (50 investments worth £1 billion) based on publicly available information from CDC and company websites. CAFOD assessed all of CDC’s investments on the potential contribution towards decent work (SDG 8) and whether an investment would increase incomes for the poorest (SDG 1). Depending on the sectoral focus of the investment we also looked at whether it could have a positive or negative impact on specific SDGs such as health (SDG 3), energy (SDG 7) and financial inclusion (SDG 9.3).

  • Engaging in the 2030 Agenda through the lens of Laudato Si’ Engaging in the 2030 Agenda through the lens of Laudato Si’ (3mb, pdf)
    Graham Gordon and Diego Martinez-Schutt, CAFOD

    This report was produced by a group of Catholic organisations led by CAFOD. It looks at the synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Laudato Si’ with the aim to stimulate discussion within Catholic organisations and with other development actors about integral human development. The analysis shows where Laudato Si’ affirms and builds on the approach of the 2030 Agenda, but also where it challenges the philosophy and approach. It can be used as a basis to analyse the development approach and plans of different actors, at local, national and international level, to see how they fit with the values and approach of both the SDGs and Laudato Si’

    Download the report in Italian: Impegnarsi con l’Agenda 2030 nella prospettiva della Laudato Si’

    Download the report in Spanish: Participación en la Agenda 2030 desde el prisma de la Laudato Si’

    Download the report in French: Comment participer au Programme 2030 à la lumière de Laudato Si’

  • Briefing: How can CDC use DFID’s planned funding of £3.5bn to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals? Briefing: How can CDC use DFID’s planned funding of £3.5bn to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals? (314kb, pdf)

    As a Catholic development agency, CAFOD has decades of experience working with its partners and communities on economic development, including through the private sector. The CDC Group is a Development Finance Institution owned by the UK Government and overseen by the Department for International Development (DFID). CDC works with the private sector in Africa and South Asia, investing Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) provided by DFID to achieve a financial return and development impact. In October 2017 DFID published a business case to invest £3.1-3.5 billion via CDC over the period 2017-2022. This is CAFOD’s response.

  • Post-2015: Which targets build climate-compatible development? Post-2015: Which targets build climate-compatible development? (524kb, pdf)

    This briefing provides a checklist of all relevant targets in the Open Working Group (OWG) proposal for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) against the question “Will this target support development that is climate compatible?”

  • COMPASS 2015: ‘Artisans of our own Destiny’, A theological reflection from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching, prepared by Tina Beattie, 2014 COMPASS 2015: ‘Artisans of our own Destiny’, A theological reflection from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching, prepared by Tina Beattie, 2014 (771kb, pdf)

    Professor Tina Beattie is a British theologian, writer and broadcaster. Inspired by the participatory research CAFOD commissioned with four partners in Bolivia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the Philippines, Professor Beattie looks at COMPASS 2015 through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.

  • Building from the ground up, 2013 Building from the ground up, 2013 (632kb, pdf)

    This CAFOD policy briefing builds on the work done in "100 Voices", our work on what happens post-2015, and the importance of involving actors from the developing world in all decisions.

  • 1000 days, 2012 1000 days, 2012 (2mb, pdf)

    We hail the progress made in many areas since the agreement of the Millennium Development Goals, but state that work must begin urgently on designing a replacement framework.

  • 100 Voices 100 Voices

    This research from 2011 with 104 of our partners in developing countries shows global development goals are important for the work that they do with poor and marginalized communities around the world, but there need to be some important changes in what the goals cover and how they are created. 

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