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University SDG Capacity Building Program in Afghanistan

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Universities play a key role in the progress of nations towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They build human capital, generate knowledge, support policy processes, and empower the community to actively engage in SDG related discourse and efforts. SDSN Afghanistan focuses on the mobilization of resources and the engagement of knowledge-creating institutions to encourage and influence evidence-based solutions to achieve the SDGs in Afghanistan.

To this aim, SDSN Afghanistan will undertake the following three-stage process to engage and build the capacity of Afghan universities for a more effective role in achieving Afghanistan’s sustainable development goals.

a. Assessment and Planning:

Forty Five Afghan universities will participate in a rapid self-assessment for learning to learn about SDGs, reflect on their situation, focus their conversations and generate SDG capacity building plans to improve their systems and programs. The proposed self-assessment:

  • starts with a plenary orientation workshop on the 2030 Agenda, SDGs and its implications for the higher education, and the roles universities can play to help the nation achieve its goals.
  • Participants are then divided into thematic groups to hold focus group discussions – facilitated by an expert using an FGD guide.
  • Some key informants will also participate in follow-up in-depth interviews.
  • A select group of faculties will conduct a rapid content review of the university’s courses and programs, and main strategic documents.
  • And the university staff and faculty will draft an SDG capacity building plan.  

b. Capacity building:

Based on the SDG capacity building plans developed by universities around Afghanistan, SDSN Afghanistan will undertake a huge advocacy to attract support and resources for the implementation of those plans. Kateb University will provide technical support to the participating universities to develop their case, and liaise with potential partners and resources. SDSN Afghanistan will also provide technical assistance to universities to design and implement their SDG capacity building programs. 

c. Impact Evaluation:

SDSN Afghanistan will design and engage a credible research and evaluation consultant to evaluate the impacts of stage one and two of the University SDG Capacity Building Program in Afghanistan. Based on a case by case evaluation, the findings will help improve design and implementation in other potential cases. The impact evaluations will also provide evidence for policy recommendations for the higher education sector.   




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