In recent years, the international development landscape has undergone a significant shift in framing the expectations of key stakeholders. As 2015, marked the creation of many landmark agreements such as the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development; and the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Transforming our World, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. Consequently, many governments were compelled to re-think their positions, and assess how developmental aid would be used to meet these new challenges. Faced with a stagnating global economy, many leading donors were forced to build new links between aid and trade, due to the unpredictability of funding from conventional means. With the costs associated with the refugee crisis placing unprecedented strain on the development assistance budget, and old financial instruments being replaced with new forms, the donor landscape continues to evolve and change. As many past recipients of development assistance, now donors themselves, new relationships are continually being created as a result. However, institutionally the landscape remains far from static. With the creation of the Asia Infrastructure and Investment Bank, the BRICS New Development Bank, the Green Climate Fund, the Silk Road Fund and the World Green Economy Organisation, new players are emerging that seek to respond directly to the economic growth ambitions of developing countries, while respecting the global imperatives that make achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, so essential.
For the last 20 years, SRI Executive Search has been at the forefront of change, by building the capability, capacity and resilience of global organisations, around the world. Having partnered with many organisations during this time, we at SRI, understand the challenges institutions face as they juggle the demands of “Relevancy” in a constantly evolving and developing social, economic and political market. Wrestling with the issue of sustainability and an organisation’s Fit for Purpose, many institutions have been forced to question their strategic ability and readiness in achieving long-term results. As they seek a solution that will deliver the desired form of “Relevancy” they require, these organisations look to SRI, to assist them in developing an organisational environment which is equipped to deal with the structural challenges, they may face.
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