The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015 has ushered in an ambitious, inclusive, and transformative agenda for global development over the next fifteen years. The Global Health Centre, in partnership with the International Development Research Centre, has embarked on a project to highlight and explore the role of think tanks and academic institutions in accelerating the achievement of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals through the creation, sharing, and brokering of knowledge. With a focus on knowledge as a global public good, the project seeks to overcome the “North-South” divide by providing opportunities for mutual learning among institutions within and across countries and regions.
Under the name THINK (Think Tanks, Health policy Institutions, Networks and Knowledge)_SDGs, the project seeks to first and foremost build a Network of Global Health Policy Think Tanks and Academic Institutions that will not only enhance the role of Southern think tanks, but also enable new partnerships to emerge. This goes hand-in-hand with the aim to strengthen the capacity of research institutions to produce quality research, generate evidence-based policy options, and provide critical analysis to inform public health policy processes. Through collective engagement in timely policy dialogues on the health-related SDGs, think tanks and academic institutions can connect based on their experiences and catalyse innovation in this field.
More information can be found in the project flyer and on the project website.