The overarching priority of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to improve human development outcomes. At the heart of that focus is poverty reduction. The ﬁrst target of the ﬁrst SDG is to ‘eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere’. Goal 16 of the SDGs introduces a framework for improving governance and this research aims to demonstrate the impact of more effective governance on poverty reduction. It does so by comparing the effect of improved governance to the reductions in poverty realised by two other SDG targets with strong links to poverty, speciﬁcally the elimination of certain communicable diseases (SDG 3.3) and the provision of universal access to improved sanitation facilities (SDG 6.2).
About the authors:
Zachary Donnenfeld is a researcher with the African Futures and Innovation programme at the ISS. Previously, he worked at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures and the Environment Food and Conﬂict Laboratory at the University of Denver. Zach received his MA in global ﬁnance, trade and economic integration from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in June 2015.
Ciara Aucoin is a researcher with the African Futures and Innovation programme at the ISS. Previously, she worked for the Armed Conﬂict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) in Sussex, UK and the Conﬂict Prevention and Peace Forum in New York. Ciara received her MSc in development practice at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
This paper forms part of the ISS series on the Sustainable Development Goals. Other papers in the series:
Refreshing Africa's future: prospects for achieving universal WASH access by 2030
Envisioning a healthy future: Africa’s shifting burden of disease