Summer Course - A hitch-hikers Guide to the Sustainable Development Goals

Get an introduction to the SDGs, how they came about, their purpose and why they are needed. You will evaluate how individual selected SDGs in the field of water, environment and sanitation are supported by agreed targets, and the necessary enabling environment to achieve those.

For whom?

IHE Delft students and water professionals interested in sustainable development and how the SDG 6 can support this.

Course content

The course will interspace lectures and class discussions that identify key issues with activities. Using a series of case studies from the Global South, we will connect work and teaching done in IHE to support the implementation of the SDGs, identify key challenges to their implementation and identify technical and governance solutions to them. This will draw on the familiarity and experience of course participants to local scale sustainable resource use.

Prior to the start of the course participants will be invited to select appropriate case studies of a real-world water sustainability problem in the Global South, and present in a 2 minute pitch on Day One why this is suitable for use in the course. Participants will vote to arrive at four-five case studies. Working in small groups, participants will assemble relevant information, create a short interview for IHE staff to gather “expert opinion” and employ a SWOT analysis to create a matrix of key challenges and opportunities for Goal 6 and the connection with other defined Goals and targets.

This will lead to a forum-style debate on how interacting and competing factors can support or act against implementation of the targets of Goal 6 (the water goal) and how the ambitions of SDG 6 provide synergy or conflict with other goals. This stage of the course provides for critical reflection on how Goals and Targets of the SDGs can be used to support SDG implementation, including identification of the skills and competencies required by institutions and individuals. The final part of the course is a an outreach demonstration, using any feasible format designed by the participants, of how knowledge and understanding gained in their MSc programme of IHE can be used to disseminate key solution to defined water sustainability problems for each case study. The structure of the course will ensure that all participants play an active role in learning, guided by the teachers.

Activities of the teachers will be defined and coordinated, to ensure a coherent approach to achieve longer term learning goals. The course has a multidisciplinary approach that transcends technical to governance approaches, identifying the skills and competencies needed to apply knowledge to real world sustainability demands applicable to participants’ home countries. It provides a tangible means by which knowledge gained at IHE can be consolidated to support the SDGs, and anticipated future changes brought about by key influences such as water and food security, and shifting climate patterns.


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