Listening to Leaders: Tuning in to a New Perspective

Listening to Leaders: Tuning in to a New Perspective


We know that to succeed in the sustainable
development goals agenda and to realize those targets we’ve laid out for ourselves by 2030
that national leaders and citizens need to be bought into the process and they need to
be directing where we prioritize our efforts and mobilizing coalitions of support to achieve
those things, but unfortunately we actually have very little evidence available on what
these two groups of people think are the priorities, what progress we’re making and what they want
from development partners. With the Listening to Leaders report, we wanted
to solve a major evidence gap, uh, in international development. And that is to put a pulse on what national
leaders have to say about the top priority problems that their countries want to solve
and the extent to which they’re on the same page with what donors think are the priorities
are for their countries to solve as well as citizens. We also wanted to get some insight in terms
of how well is the International Development Community doing and coming alongside national
leaders and their citizens in, in moving forward progress in their countries. At the end of the day we’re interested not
only in collecting rich data points on what leaders think, we want to see this turn into
practical action. How do we as an international development
community respond, how do we ensure that we are truly tuned in and not tone deaf to what
countries say the priorities should be and what they want to see in terms of support
from the international community.

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