02 Mar 2017
Envesa Hodzic-Kovac, Development Research and M&E Specialist, UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Little Prince knew a thing or two about how elephants get eaten.
“How do you eat an elephant? One spoonful at a time.” So the joke goes. With any undertaking whose size and proportions are immense, where to start can be daunting. Like the Sustainable Development Goals — an ambitious set of goals agreed to by UN Members States that establishes milestones of growth & equality for our planet. No poverty. Zero hunger. Reduced inequalities. Sustainable cities, climate action, decent work. All by 2030. All ambitious. Demanding that different entities of the UN work together in new ways. How do you prioritise different aspects of human development – all urgent, all long-term issues that cannot be solved with short-fixes? You need to have a plan. You need to know where to start. You need to inspire individual action, communal action, citizen action. But how do you exactly get people on board for a complex agenda like this one? And in my case, how do you do it in a complex administrative set-up such as that of Bosnia and Herzegovina? One spoonful at a time: Use strategic foresight In Bosnia and Herzegovina, to start getting our heads around the 2030 Agenda, we needed a participatory planning process. We needed a forward-looking approach that