- Accelerating growth and development in the SDG Era
- Aug 29 2017
Venue: Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi
Date: 30 August 2017 (10.30 -17.15)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adapted by world leaders in September 2015, define the development priorities and aspirations for 2030 and seek to mobilise global efforts around a common set of goals and targets. India’s performance on these development efforts will determine whether the world achieves the SDGs.
In September 2017, during the opening of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the Global Goals Week will bring together key stakeholders from governments, civil society, and business to re-emphasise the need to cultivate ideas, solutions, and partnerships for the SDGs. In the run up to the Global Goals Week 2017 at the UNGA, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is organising a consultation, ‘Accelerating Growth and Development in the SDG Era’ on 30th August in New Delhi. The consultation is aimed at elevating the conversation about the SDGs at the national level. Reflecting on the need for multi-sectoral action, senior leadership from multiple ministries and agencies will participate and discuss solutions to help achieve national goals.
This event is envisioned to be a multi stakeholder, cross-sectoral dialogue of policy makers and sectoral experts that underlines the interlinkages between the goals, and their criticality in India’s economic growth. The key themes to be discussed at the event include:
- Meeting the SDGs can help propel India’s economic growth
- Given the strong linkages between goals, accelerated progress on the SDGs is possible if they are viewed in a holistic manner
- India’s poverty reduction goal is near impossible without health protection for citizens
The speakers at the event will include:
Aasha Kapur Mehta, Professor, IIPA, New Delhi
Amarjeet Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development
Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
Anirudha Dutta, Capital Group
C.K. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
David Wilson, Global Lead, Decision and Delivery Science, World Bank
Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Nachiket Mor, Country Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice Chancellor, Ashoka University
Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development
Samir Saran, Vice President, ORF
Santosh Mehrotra, Professor, JNU
Soumya Swaminathan, DG, ICMR & Secretary, Department of Health Research
Sunjoy Joshi, Director, ORF
Opening Session (10.30– 11.30): India for the world, India for India
India’s performance on the SDGs is critical for the world to achieve the goals. Is there an “India model” that can offer learning to the world? For that, India must deliver on the SDGs in an equitable manner and ensure development for each of her citizens. India needs to move forward on this agenda by working on the SDGs in an integrated fashion. Each of the national goals, and their collective externalities have the potential of contributing to India’s economic growth.
Mr Sunjoy Joshi, Director, Observer Research Foundation
Dr. David Wilson, Global Lead, Decision & Delivery Science, World Bank. “Holistic Strategies can help drive societies to achieve economic prosperity”. Greater attention is needed on the fundamental building blocks of economic growth – health, nutrition, and women’s empowerment.
Followed by Q & A
Technical Panel 1 (11.30 – 12.30): India’s 5 Trillion Rupee Challenge: Ensuring quality health services and financial protection to all
Meeting health goals has implications on India realising its demographic dividend and its growth potential. India stands to lose $4.58 trillion due to productivity losses related to NCDs and mental health issues among other reasons, and every year, more than 60 lakh people fall under poverty line because of health expenditure. India’s growth and development potential depends on the quality of its human capital. Public expenditure on health is only 1.2% of the GDP, although India’s total health expenditure stands at 4.7% of GDP (around INR 5 trillion) – much of it is out of pocket health expenditure. Similarly, while 20-30% of healthcare is sought through the public sector, almost 70% of care is sought in the private sector.
Given the public-private mix of financing and service provision for health in India, do solutions also need to be hybrid? The SDGs bring with them a comprehensive approach – the goals are intrinsically linked, they focus on multi-sectoral action and emphasise equity. Can India respond to the health challenge by leveraging the entire health system – public and private to deliver on national goals?
Mr. C K Mishra, Secretary, MoHFW
Mr. Anirudha Dutta, Capital Group
Prof. Santosh Mehrotra, JNU
Dr. Nachiket Mor, Country Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Technical Panel 2 (12.30 – 13.30): Addressing malnutrition through a multi-sectoral approach: the unfinished agenda and emerging challenges
India’s high economic growth and increasing food production have not transformed the nutritional status of its population: Malnutrition has deep impact on cognitive development in children. It is estimated that investing $1 in nutrition has a return of $36 in India (3 times more than the global average).
Research and India’s own experience shows that to address malnutrition, a multi-sectoral approach – prioritising action across poverty alleviation, education, gender empowerment, agriculture, sanitation – is required. Joint planning to make programmes nutrition sensitive, independent implementation and joint monitoring are the key to address malnutrition. This panel will discuss how a multi-sectoral approach can help solve the complex challenges that India faces.
Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, WCD
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, DG, ICMR & Secretary, DHR
Dr. Purnima Menon, IFPRI
Mr. Amarjeet Sinha, Secretary, MoRD
Lunch Break (13.30- 14.30)
Technical Panel 3 (14.30-15.30): Better data for better decisions: Equity through Accountability
Lack of data often hinders effective evaluation of health schemes and reduces the scope for mid-course correction. This panel discusses the need to strengthen the national statistical system to allow for goals to be tracked at disaggregated levels, use of technology to streamline processes and an integrated system which allows for analysis to be run across different data sets. Experience of data-use by stakeholders will be discussed so as to identify systemic constraints to evidence-based decision making in the Indian health sector.
Dr. David Wilson, Global Lead, Decision & Delivery Science, World Bank
Mr. Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary, MoHFW
Mr. Ashish Sharma, Partner, Strategy&
Prof Aasha Kapur Mehta, IIPA, New Delhi
Tea Break (15.30- 16.00)
In Conversation (16.00- 17.00): Integrated Solutions for Multifaceted Challenges: Role of Technology
An integrated set of solutions is needed to address complex issues challenging the economy and society. Ensuring progress on gender, health, and nutrition will be key to driving India’s economic growth and development. While India has focused on a set of reforms, those in the area of human development have not received adequate attention. These reforms are critical to India’s growth. India should acknowledge the strong linkages between national goals and act in an integrated manner, leveraging national initiatives like Make in India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) trinity to improve development outcomes.
Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog and Prof. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, VC, Ashoka University in conversation with Dr. Samir Saran, Vice President, ORF