Last year SEI marked 30 years of working at the forefront of sustainability. It’s undergone many changes in that time. But strong and enduring partnerships and the commitment of its staff are central to how the Institute works for impact and change.

The report includes a set of stories showing how we achieved change in policy and practice in 2019. It also includes full financial information, a round up of our scientific impact and notable events in the year, and two features that both look back over 30 years of operations and look forward towards current challenges that we’re working on at SEI Asia.


SEI’s focus is on empowering and working with partners to co-create knowledge, resulting in ownership of results and sustained action.

Scientific impact

Evidence is the bedrock of our engagement in policy and practice, and 2019 showed our performance in high quality scientific publishing again exceed the previous year, with more papers published in top-tier journals. Last year our researchers published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, and our citation rate also increased substantially compared with 2018, from 7500 to 9652.

Citations of peer-reviewed articles with SEI authors, 2003–2019. Source: Web of Science.

Partnership for change

The second section of the report presents seven impact stories on our achievements from 2019. The stories show how we work with partners to enable change for sustainable development. For these efforts to succeed, both within and beyond government, we recognize that partnerships are vital.

Photo: Sarah Dickin / SEI.

Funding sources

As an independent research and policy organization, SEI receives funding from a wide variety of sources, including government departments, development agencies, non-government organizations, businesses, academic and research groups, and financial institutions. We are grateful to our funding partners for their support in 2019.

Total funding and top five funders. All figures are in SEK millions.


Get the full version of our report for more outcomes and the audited accounts of the SEI Foundation.

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