1. Water and climate
As the world becomes urbanised and climate impact gets worse, water insecurity is looming large around the world. IFSD’s work on Water and Climate seeks to nurture and promote practices and institutions for enhancing water security in the contexts of population growth, rapid urbanisation, climate change, and escalating social inequalities.
2. Agrifood System
United Nations suggests that 690 million people went hungry in 2019. Besides, more people cannot access healthy and nutritious food. This problem is getting worse year after year as population grows and efforts to ensure food security too often fail to produce expected results. IFSD’s work on Agrifood Systems aim to generate research insights, practical solutions, and policy options to tackle this problem globally.
3. Natural Resources Management and Local Livelihoods
Forests, pastures, land, water bodies, and biodiversity have been the vital sources of livelihoods of nearly two billion people who directly depend on these natural resources. IFSD team has excellent record of catalysing innovative practices of natural resources management. We have the expertise to provide integrated solutions covering technical analysis, institutional design and policy development to ensure sustainable natural resources management and improved livelihoods.
4. Reducing poverty, Hunger and Inequality
United Nations Member States adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure people globally get an opportunity to live a decent and prosperous life by 2030. The 17 SDGs are designed to bring prosperity on a number of sustainable development fronts. Achieving these targets by 2030 requires a high level of creativity, innovation, and transformational change. IFSD’s portfolio of work on Sustainable Development aims to facilitate achievement of these goals in Australia, South Asia, Himalayan region, East Asia and the Pacific.
5. Disasters Risks Reduction and Human Security
A multitude of disasters hit many vulnerable areas. From landslides in the mountains to cyclones in the coastal areas, the world loses USD 100 billion annually from a variety of disasters. In South Asia alone, 1.4 billion people experience one or another form of disaster. Our work on this theme aims to generate policy relevant knowledge socio-technical solutions to manage disaster risks.
6. Human Capital: Training and capacity development
In the rapidly changing economies and workplace, skills and knowledge need to be constantly updated. IFSD’s Training and Education portfolio brings opportunities for professional learning, skill upgrades, lifelong learning, and advisory services on higher education.