About this course
For the last 20 years, the international development debate has been dominated by the MDGs and Sustainable Development Goals narratives - two trends that seem at first to be heading in a similar direction. However, under closer scrutiny they differ with respect to their focus and underlying philosophies. The agenda of reducing poverty in developing countries in its various dimensions (lack of income, education, water, hunger) found their expression in the MDGs. On the other hand, the sustainable development narrative has generated a parallel concept to the MDGs known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Throughout the years that the MDGs have been in existence, the human development narrative has been slowly shifting towards a set of all inclusive development goals that would cover social, economic and environment facets of sustainability in a more balanced manner than the MDGs (Loewe; 2012). Both agendas have a lot in common, but in contrast to the MDGs, the proponents of SDGs saw poverty as merely one of a number of global issues to be addressed. More so, the pro-SDGs side criticized the MDGs for having a too narrow concept of development and giving immediate results preference over socially, economically and ecologically sustainable ones.
This is a premium course of The Greenvarsity meant to enhance awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa among various stakeholders and encouraging the sharing of information on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, putting emphasis on Renewable Energy as a critical component towards the attainment of SDGs