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Policymakers need social scientists’ help to achieve sustainable development

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Social scientists urged to help with development goals

“Even in the most difficult circumstances, something is working somewhere.” – Michael Woolcock, World Bank’s Development Research Group

by Laura Owings

Speed read

  • Policymakers need social scientists’ help to achieve sustainable development
  • The two should engage in an ongoing conversation to that end, conference urged
  • Together they can see what works and why, and give feedback on meeting goals

Policymakers and social scientists must team up to help achieve the global development agenda and help measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a meeting has heard.

Social scientists can help formulate the goals, implement policies and measure their effects, heard the World Social Science Forum 2015 in Durban last week (13-16 September).
They should “engage in such a way that policy and social science maintain ongoing conversation,” said Ebrima Sall, a sociologist and executive secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.
Sall spoke on a panel organised by UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST), an intergovernmental science programme that aims to improve policies by bringing social science researchers and policymakers together.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.