March 1, 2016
Social and economic issues around the world do not adhere to singular sectors or regional areas, but development interventions often do. Efforts to create more coherent and adaptive programs that approach multiple sectors and indicators, known as integrated development, show potential in breaking down traditional development silos and allowing solutions to better align with complex problems.
The integration agenda meshes particularly well with the Sustainable Development Goals and will grow increasingly important throughout their implementation. At the same time, current funding mechanisms, along with training structures, program design, and evaluation models can be poorly suited for integrated programming. This brief report discusses how and why development actors in the United States and around the world can foster innovative, flexible, and integrated development programming for sustainable impact.