Based on the SDG Synergies approach, 272 interactions between 16 Cambodian SDGs and child health were evaluated by an interdisciplinary Cambodian stakeholder group. From this a cross-impact matrix was derived and network analysis applied to determine first and second-order effects of the interactions with a focus on child health.

The authors show that with the exception of Cambodian SDG 15 (life on land), the interactions are perceived to be synergistic between child health and the Cambodian SDGs, and progress on Cambodian SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) could have the largest potential to contribute to the achievement of the Cambodian SDGs, both when it comes to first- and second-order interactions.

In this stakeholder assessment, their findings provide insights on how complex relationships play out at the country level and highlight important synergies and trade-offs, vital for accelerating the work toward the betterment of child health and achieving the SDGs.