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Kate Hannon

South Asia Group Questions:

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most vulnerable nations to climate change and is warming at higher rates than many other regions in the world. As droughts occur more often it is likely that finding water will be much more difficult, and could take longer than 30 minutes, setting back progress towards this SDG. As global warming continues to become more of a pressing issue, how do you think this is going to play a role in SDG 6?

This article alludes to the fact that foreign aid can have a positive impact on food and nutrition security (largely if strong institutions in the receiving nation are in place). OECD countries pledged less than 1% of their income to help developing nations, like those in Sub-Saharan Africa, with achieving these SDGs. However, very few of these countries have actually met this target. How can we hold high-income and more developed countries accountable?

Strong institutions and good governance clearly play a significant role in the development of a nation, as seen with nutrition and food security in this article. How do these developing nations go about strengthening their institutions and lowering the levels of corruption in the government? What role do developed nations play, if any, in facilitating that?

The second article notes that progress on sanitation in Sub-Saharan is lagging progress on access to clean water. Based on both articles and the region overview, what strategies should be employed to bridge this gap?

What other SDG’s may be impeded if “WASH” goals are not met?

In regions like Africa, where many people’s basic needs are not being met, how should we prioritize meeting each of these needs? For example, in situations where we have to make trade-offs between investments in things like nutrition versus clean water, how should governments and NGOs go about divvying up these limited resources?

Are the effects of food insecurity typically spread fairly evenly within a population, or do certain groups tend to be disproportionately affected by these issues? In countries with low levels of development, like many Sub-Saharan nations, does it make more sense to prioritize meeting the needs of specific groups who might disproportionately suffer from food insecurity, or to instead focus on lifting entire communities to greater levels of food security?

Nathan Unger

Governance quality, remittances and their implications for food and nutrition security:
Does food security lead to more stable governance or does stable governance lead to food security?
Why does the article differentiate nutrition security and food security? I’d one more important than the other?
How could a system of remittances for food be implemented by countries with such little wealth?
How can you ask the people in the governments of SSA countries that are benefiting from corruption and poor governance to be expected to fix those problems?
A long way to go…
Are WASH targets necessary to promote other SDGs or do other SDGs need to take place in order for WASH to become recognizable?
Is there urban responsibility in ensuring SDGs in rural areas?
How has the shift from MDGs to SDGs affected the WASH targets in sub-saharan africa?


Considering the history of imperialistic rule within Africa, how can SDG’s be obtained while also allowing the country’s to remain independent and grow?

Do migrant workers have a moral obligation to return back to their home country to help the country’s production?

What role does governance play in solving the issues of nutrition and if there is a lack of responsible governance how can private companies play a role?

How do you improve the dietary quality while caloric intake has been going up? Does improving the dietary quality mean you have to sacrifice caloric intake?

Is it possible to address wealth inequality in SSA simultaneously with improving the simple things like hygiene coverage, or must the simple needs be met before worrying about larger problems?

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