In Conversation with Ingo Ritz

The Network of African Youth for Development spoke with GCAP’s director Ingo Ritz about the challenges and opportunities the SDGs have brought to Africa and the difficulties national governments face in their implementation, what this means for African youth.

This September marks 2 years of SDGs; on a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the implementation of the SDGs?

“The implementation of the SDGs is very slow. There are only 15 years to implement the Agenda 2030 and almost two years have passed without much action. Of course, it’s difficult to assess globally because the situation is different from country to country. When it comes to practical implementation there are countries with a zero, many with one or two, and few with a three and four and may be a very few better. This assessment underlines the high urgency to achieve policy changes in the coming years – for the people who are suffering now and to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Nonetheless, there are some signs of hope – so it’s possible and I hope very much that the rate will improve in the coming years.”

You can read the full interview published on the NAYD website here.