Capacity Building of Developmental Scientists for Realization of the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Esther Foluke Akinsola
  • Deepali Sharma
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 74)


The scope and magnitude of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations provides new opportunities for nations to collaborate and take action. This chapter focuses on goal 17 of the SDGs, with capacity building as one if its dedicated target, as a possible course of action to achieve the goals for the 2030 Agenda. The chapter deliberates on how developmental science can facilitate progress on the SDGs from a life span perspective along with exploring shifts in the approach which are required in order to enhance capacity development of researchers at the grassroots and decreasing their dependency on external support. Case examples of developmental science programs influencing policy decisions related to children and youth are explored so as to set the stage for the importance of investing in professional training of developmental scientists. We link the story of gains made by developmental science and it’s far reaching impact with existing programs at some of the leading universities in both the minority and majority world in order to better understand the need for investment at the foundation stage and examine what makes for a successful graduate program. We also detail the capacity building initiatives of key developmental science societies and understand how they encourage collaboration among researchers across countries, especially early career scholars. We conclude the chapter by reemphasizing that building capacity would require acquiring the right skills and knowledge and how developmental scientists are having an increasingly important role in helping shape the future.


Capacity building Developmental science Programs Developmental scientists Sustainable development goals Networks Learning outcomes University partnerships Early career scholars Statistical capacity Local community 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esther Foluke Akinsola
    • 1
  • Deepali Sharma
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of LagosLagosNigeria
  2. 2.Independent Researcher, Formerly with the Department of Human Development and Family Relations, Government Home Science CollegePanjab UniversityChandigarhIndia

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