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Post-summit events

Changes may occur. Please follow announcements during the summit or check this page for updates.
Should you wish to attend one or more of the post-summit events, you need to RSVP for each event separately. Registration to attend the full summit (by invitation only) covers Days 1 to 3. 


Measuring the SDG indicators in Africa

Thursday 23 April and Friday 24 April
9:00 – 17:00 and 9:00 – 16:00

Venue: River Club, Liesbeek Avenue, Observatory | See GoogleMaps

DataFirst and ACEIR (The African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research) will host this workshop, which focuses on the measurement of the SDG indicators in Africa.

It is only meaningful to talk about whether or not progress is being made in the achievement of the SDGs, if there is agreement that the indicators measure the related goals appropriately and that the indicators, in turn, are accurately measured. In the debates around the SDGs, there has been an acknowledgement that measurement processes and the associated skills (statistics, data handling, methodology) are crucial.

The workshop is intended to address the following five questions:

  1. How accurately are we measuring the SDG indicators at present?
  2. Are there new ways of measuring these indicators or are there different indicators that would be more reliable?
  3. How comparable are the measurements of the indicators across different contexts?
  4. How comparable are the measures over time?
  5. What can be done to strengthen the institutions (public and private) and the skills within them to improve the quality of the measurements?

RSVP: Alison.Siljeur@uct.ac.za
Maximum participants: 100 

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Campus as a living lab for SDG learning and research opportunities 

Thursday 23 April
9:00 – 12:30 

Venue: University of Cape Town Upper Campus (venue TBC), Cape Town

Students and researchers have an incredible opportunity to learn and undertake research on a university campus, in an engaged community through live campus facility projects. This concept has been coined as what’s called the ‘Living Lab’.
This half-day post-summit event will allow summit delegates to engage with this subject, starting off with an exploratory walking tour through the University of Cape Town’s Upper Campus, from the protected biosphere on the mountain edge into the university grounds, through this beautiful heritage site with multiple open spaces and buildings and an amazing view over the city. The walk will be followed by a series of short presentations, followed by some discussion that will allow contributions and engagement with all delegates. It should empower delegates with ideas and insights into how such opportunities can be created on their own campuses and create networking opportunities on this subject with delegates that can continue beyond the summit experience. Delegates will be sent some short reading material a week before the event to spark ideas and maximise engagement on the subject.

The event will include a short tea/coffee/snack break halfway through, but does not include any catering before or after.
Event host: Manfred Braune, Director: Environmental Sustainability, University of Cape Town, Office of the Vice-Chancellor 

RSVP: Opens 13 March 2020, details TBA
Maximum participants: 30. Please note that this workshop will only be open to delegates registered for the International Summit on SDGs in Africa 2020 (at no cost). The event will be opened to external parties in the case where seats are not taken up by summit delegates.



SDG sandpit incubator

Thursday 23 April
8:00 – 13:00
(followed by a light lunch)
Venue: UCT Upper Campus, venue TBC

The Future Water research institute at UCT will host a half-day post-summit workshop – targeted mainly at postdoctoral research fellows and postgraduate students – aimed at engaging in a collaborative and creative ‘sandpit’ process to explore water-related research that encompasses multiple SDGs.

Research programmes that tackle complex water challenges require a deep commitment to collaboration and engagement across disciplines and an appreciation of the knowledge and perspectives that different disciplines can contribute. This workshop will take the form of an accelerated research project incubator with a prize for the group that proposes the transdisciplinary project with the most potential for SDG impact.

RSVP: kirsty.carden@uct.ac.za by 9 April 2020 
Invitations to this workshop will be extended to all postdoctoral research fellows and postgraduates from UCT with an interest in SDG-related research, as well as to selected external partners. Delegates who are registered for the International Summit on SDGs in Africa 2020 are also welcome to attend.


Info session:


Thursday 23 April 2020
9:00 – 11:00

Nelson Mandela School, 27 Burg Road, Rondebosch | See GoogleMaps

The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance will host a session on the Afrobarometer, a survey that provides robust and representative views of the adult population in 34 African countries on a range of key issues relating to, inter alia, governance, perceived performance of public institutions, service delivery, civil society engagement, public participation, leadership, corruption and democratic values. The survey provides empirically valid cross-sectional and longitudinal data to examine current and historical trends and patterns on these issues.

Come and learn more about the Afrobarometer and how the dataset enables research and analysis on issues pertinent to the SDGs.  

Event host: Prof. Rajen Govender, see bio

RSVP: wendy.hendricks@uct.ac.za by 6 April 2020 
The venue can accommodate a maximum of 25 people. Attendance will be confirmed via email.