Responding to cascading crises: covid, conflict & climate change
This conversation centres around the recently published Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022. The report looks at the global and regional progress towards the 17 Goals with in-depth analyses of selected indicators for each Goal.
According to the Report, “cascading and interlinked crises are putting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in grave danger, along with humanity’s very own survival.”
We were interested to hear from people working for International NGOs, particularly those working in the Pacific and working to support children, to hear about how these cascading crises are impacting their work? How are competing priorities managed? What are the impacts on intergenerational change? And where can we find some optimism?
- Paul Brown, Council for International Development’s interim Director, and ex-CEO of Childfund NZ
Paul is Interim Executive Director with the Council for International Development, while also building his own practice, Paul Brown Consulting which works alongside for-profit and for-purpose organizations to enhance social impact. Prior to this Paul was CEO for ChildFund New Zealand for over 16 years, and Paul has also worked in management roles in the automotive industry, and financial services sector.
- Rachael Waugh, Save the Children NZ’s International Programmes Director.
With extensive experience working across all aspects of international development management from project design to delivery, Rachael is helping build programmes that create lasting impact for children throughout Asia and the Pacific. Rachael joined Save the Children in late 2021 after more than a decade working in international development, including as Head of International (community development) Projects for Australia’s Salvation Army. In that role, she oversaw some 25+ community development projects across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Rachael specialises in strategic alignment, project quality and compliance, alongside stakeholder and government engagement.
- Ronesh Prasad, Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF Pacific (based in Fiji)
Ronesh is an economist by background working for UNICEF Pacific as Social Policy Specialist. Ronesh leads Pacific portfolio for the Social Protection and Public Finance. He provides technical support and assistance to strengthen social policy programming and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete, inclusive and sustainable results.