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Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP)
Description/achievement of initiative

The Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) is a portfolio investment approach by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which aims to address the issues of water, food, and energy security in South Asia through better regional cooperation, policy reforms, technology transfer and capacity building targeting the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and girls.

Implementation methodologies

The methodology has been divided into three phases of four years each. CUTS activities are designed keeping in mind its influence on SDIP domains and pre-conditions of change. CUTS will be refining its activities as and when required keeping in mind the evolving nature of this partnership approach. On a broader note, CUTS activities in phase 1 will majorly focus on expanding its networks throughout the region by linking itself with relevant strategic partners, conducting policy research on SDIP issues and annually assisting IOD PARC in undertaking the logistics of the annual SDIP Partnership Dialogues meetings. During phase 2, apart from the above mentioned activities, CUTS will indulge more into policy advocacy as it will be in a position to disseminate more information to the targeted stakeholders from its activities during phase 1 along with the activities performed by its strategic partners. The last phase (phase 3) will majorly focus on high level policy dialogues at different levels (local, sub-national, national and regional) to influence change and enhance regional cooperation in South Asia.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

CUTS will engage in more in-depth advocacies for policy and governance reforms through meetings and seminars at national/regional level. CUTS will also engage in continued policy dialogues with Member of Parliaments of the sub-region so as to foster greater bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation in the region. Partnership contracts will be formulated with our strategic partners. Networks of various stakeholders at sub-national, national and regional level will be formed and/or developed with the objective of bestowing a certain degree of ownership of the activities to be carried out under SDIP. The identified CSOs will play a pivotal role in conducting a part of policy research through stakeholder’s perception survey, key informant interviews as well as focus group discussions in their respective countries.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The initiative will be monitored through Policy Research, CSO Mapping & Outreach, Media mapping & outreach, Policy advocacy and Policy dialogues.


* CUTS International * Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Progress reports
Goal 2
Goal 6
Goal 13
Goal 17
December 2014
Policy (GAP) Analysis
June 2015
Perception Study
November 2014
Diagnostic Study
October 2014
Policy Mapping
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff time from seven professionals from CUTS International

Basic information
Time-frame: 11/2014 - 01/2016
* CUTS International * Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Contact information
Susan Mathew, Senior Programme Officer, sma@cuts.org
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