A three-member delegation from the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, led by Dr. Aba Crentsil, Research Fellow attended Southern Voice Conference which was part of the TTIX2018 Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand from 12th to 16th November, 2018.

Other members of the delegation were: Mr. Kwasi Nantwi, Publications Officer and Mr. Evans Otieku.

The conference brought together think tank researchers from the network and other institutions to discuss the network’s current and future agenda on policy issues related to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda. Themes discussed included : Ensuring no one is left behind, Synergies and trade-offs among different policy areas of the 2030 agenda, Exploring the connections between global and national policies, and Promoting effective development cooperation.

In his welcome address to delegates, Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, Chair of Southern Voice on Post-MDG Millennium Development Goal International Development Goal, urged researchers to keep up the momentum of previous meetings and work hard on their projects to meet set goals.

This year’s conference included a workshop for communication officers from the network who gathered to plan outreach and communication strategies for the flagship initiative - “State of the SDGs“. The sessions were on: how to enhance a presentation, creating a storyboard for videos of the projects, training for potential podcasts and discussing how to write powerful blog posts.

During the communications workshop participants learned new tools and improved skills that equipped them for their workplaces and the six projects various countries are handling.

Southern Voice is a vibrant network of 48 think tanks in Africa, Asia and Latin America that serves as an open platform for the discussion of Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, and the 2030 Agenda. It aims to share and discuss Southern Voice’s research programmes and emerging findings as well as generate new ideas and policy recommendations based on Southern Voice’s research.

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