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Evaluation in the Era of the Agenda 2030

The Agenda 2030 is a blessing in disguise. To come to terms with all Nations of the globe on future development priorities   is an unprecedented achievement. Moreover, the brains behind the new Sustainable Development Goals have rightly anticipated that future strategies must transcend today's growth-dependent economic paradigms and come up with models for future global prosperity within the planetary boundaries, based on rights and universal justice. Of course it was honorable to every Head of State to subscribe to these universal goals as it provided free political credit and came at initially no cost. 

The flipside of this political consensus of sorts is that global commitments and aspirations tend to become ever more detached from real world frame conditions. The spaces to navigate hot global issues such as climate change, migration or food security forward is shrinking. The opportunities of a global free market economy show signs of growing exhaustion, with growth rates on the decline. Even the most wealthy nations in Europe entered an era of flaw investments, massive unemployment and growing concerns over the financing of their social security systems. Mature free market economies are struggling for maintaining their past achievements. And this after barely 70 years of growth and prosperity. 

The growth-based economic development paradigm can thus not be the best perspective for international cooperation. The Agenda 2030 stipulates a  truly mutual responsibility between all nations and shared roles in crafting solutions for an increasingly tense and contrained future. Its compass is a wide basket of goals and indicators, the challenge for each actor is to add value to development partnerships and go beyond his/her common business proposition. The tasks to monitor progress and to track development outcomes will turn even more demanding and will also require new tools.

Transformation is also on the agenda of the international development organisations. If you are looking for an outside perspective on your endeavor to cope with the Agenda 2030 or your development programmes, strategy or institution, it is my pleasure to support you. Be it for assessing results and effectiveness, to reflect on your strategies, appraise innovative initiatives or assist you in strengthening the competencies and skills of your teams.

I look forward to your contact and a possible collaborative learning process.

                                                                        Martin Sommer
                                                                        Managing Consultant devolutions Ltd.