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The integration of participatory approaches to SDG localization

February 15, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+1

15th February 2022 (11am CET)
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This panel discussion will hear from scholars who have published in the recent Policy Forum in the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities on SDG localisation. The discussion will challenge the traditional “top-down” dichotomy in implementing the SDGs, highlighting that to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is essential to translate the SDGs into national and local policy initiatives. The incorporation of participatory approaches in this process is vital in ensuring collective action and democratic participation.

The panel discussion will comprise of four presentations by authors, who will highlight how participatory approaches have been utilised in implementing the SDGs in a local context. The webinar will conclude with a discussion amongst panel members, and Q&A from the audience.

This webinar is jointly coordinated by the Participatory Methods Thematic Group, the Sustainable Human Development Thematic Group, the Empowerment and Collective Capabilities Thematic Group, and the European Regional Network of the HDCA, as well as the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.

Chair: Mario Biggeri


  1. Local Governments and SDG Localisation: Reshaping Multilevel Governance from the Bottom up - Edgardo Bilsky, Anna Calvete Moreno & Ainara Férnancez Tortosa
  2. Voluntary Local Reviews as Drivers for SDG Localisation and Sustainable Human Development - Shipra Narang Suri, Martino Miraglia & Andrea Ferrannini
  3. The Role of Transformative Innovation for SDGs Localisation. Insights from the South-African “Living Catchments Project” - Alejandra Boni & Diana Velasco
  4. How to Achieve the “Leave No One Behind” Pledge of the SDGs in Newham and Tower Hamlets, East London - Meera Tiwari

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February 15, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+1
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