The SEI Strategy 2015-2019 sets out the institute’s ambition to address key challenges in sustainable development, empower and inform partners, and develop the organization and its finances.

Twenty-four goals will drive the institute’s research direction, policy engagement, and capacity development, as well as advance its communications, tools and ICT environment, management, HR and finances, and monitoring and evaluation.

The new strategy will renew SEI’s research agenda, sharpen how we work in partnership with decision-makers, and empower people to bring about a better future for all.

Central to the new research agenda are the SEI initiatives. SEI will invest core resources in a set of major research enterprises – currently eight in all – which will aggregate and integrate SEI’s research expertise to address critical issues in sustainable development. The initiatives will work across disciplines to provide knowledge on areas ranging from climate mitigation to sustainable sanitation.

These initiatives will build on SEI’s tradition of innovation and interdisciplinarity in pursuit of relevant knowledge and evidence-based, workable solutions to key issues in sustainable development.

The goals also focus on redefining SEI’s partnerships with decision-makers.

An important plank of the strategy is integrating environmental issues into mainstream social and economic decision-making, corporate strategies, and physical planning. This effort is at the heart of achieving sustainable development, although this integration remains far too rare. SEI will focus its resources toward achieving a greater alignment between environmental, economic and social considerations in development processes.  SEI is appreciative to all of its partners and supporters. In particular, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency has provided significant financial and substantive support in developing the capacity and impact of the institute and enabling the formulation of the SEI Strategy 2015-2019.

The strategy is based on thorough consultations with the SEI staff, Board, and Scientific Advisory Council, and responds to in-depth feedback from SEI’s network of partners across the world in research, policy, civil society, and the private sector.

The goals guide a comprehensive results-based framework that sets out measurable targets for achieving them. This year SEI will will establish a baseline for these targets, and each year up to 2019 will set a new benchmark for progress.