The SDGs are strengthening organizational silos

Led by Maya Bogers

A recent study on the effects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on organizational coordination among international organizations asks whether these goals been effective in this regard. The study assessed the impact of the goals on the network structure of 276 international organizations in the period 2012–2019. The findings are contrary to what is widely expected from the SDGs: that “fragmentation has in fact increased after the Sustainable Development Goals came into effect. In addition, silos are increasing around the 17 SDGs as well as around the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.” Read the article about the study’s findings published on the website of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.

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