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About the Project
The purpose of the SDGs & Families project, promoted by IFFD and sponsored by Caixabank, is to help policymakers to understand the role of stable families in supporting societies and how societies can support strong families, as well as provide support in assesing how public policy decisions can directly and indirectly affect family and child well-being.


Launched in Barcelona (Spain) in November 2016, the project will continue until May 2018 with the goal of providing policymakers evidence and recommendations on how to meet the ambitious goals of the SDGs with family impact lens through policies for and affecting families.
To this end, highly qualified experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and America have been brought together to develop pragmatic processes and procedures.


Experts and Staff
Dominic Richardson (Academic Coordinator), PhD, Senior Education Specialist, UNICEF, Office of Research, Innocenti works on issues of equity in education and the relationships between schooling, school outcomes and child well-being. His position will strengthen the research capacity and support the integration and extraction of findings related to education and learning across all components of the applied research programme on wellbeing. Dominic has worked extensively with OECD Social Policy Division in evaluating child and family policies and in designing frameworks through which indicators of child wellbeing outcomes can be compared. Dominic has been a contributor to UNICEF Innocenti Report Cards on child well-being in rich countries, and authored a joint EC OECD project evaluating large international surveys of school children in developed countries.

Esuna Dugarova is Policy Specialist at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, where she specialises in social and family policy in transition economies and monitors the implementation of SDGs in developed and developing countries. Former Research Fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva. During her time at UNRISD, Esuna has also acted as an external expert at the European Commission and lectured at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Prior to joining UNRISD, Esuna worked as a research associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science on new migration from the BRIC countries to the UK, did consultancy for the World Bank on social accountability and governance issues in China, and taught at the University of Cambridge. Originally from the Republic of Buryatia in Russia, Esuna holds a PhD degree in Asian Studies from Cambridge University and a BA degree in Chinese and Burmese Studies from St Petersburg State University. She is fluent in Russian, English and Mandarin Chinese and also speaks French and Burmese.

Daryl Higgins, Associate Professor is the Deputy Director (Research) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, where he has responsibility for the Institute’s research program and its knowledge translation and exchange functions. The Institute undertakes a wide range of research, evaluation and dissemination projects focusing on policy- and practice-relevant issues affecting families in Australia. Daryl is also an Honorary Principal Fellow at the Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne. Daryl is a registered psychologist, and has been researching child abuse, family violence, sexuality and family functioning since 1993. He has extensive experience in managing and supervising research, and has led projects looking at child abuse and neglect, child protection, children in out-of-home care, child-safe organisations, Family Court processes for responding to allegations of child abuse, caring for a family member with a disability, welfare reform, family and interpersonal violence, jobless families, past adoption and forced family separation practices, and community development approaches to child and family welfare issues. He has considerable experience in qualitative and quantitative evaluation methodology and frameworks, and has a sound knowledge of state and territory policy contexts across Australia. Daryl has contributed to over 180 publications (including 70 journal/peer-review articles) and 330 presentations and media contacts.

Keiko Hirao, PhD, teaches at Sophia University, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies in Tokyo. Her research interest include work and family, environment and sustainable lifestyle, and comparative family. She has written extensively on education, labor market, motherhood, and families in Japan from a comparative perspective. She is the author of Child Rearing War Front (Chobunsha, 1991) and chapters in Political Economy of Japan’s Low Fertility (Frances Rosenbluth ed., Stanford University Press, 2006), Working and Mothering: Images, Ideologies and Identities (Theresa W. Devasahayam and Brenda S.A. Yeoh eds., NIAS Press,2007), and Thinking Body as Intelligence (Mamoru Suzuki ed., Gakken Marketing, 2014). Her recent book, Invisible Hand and Invisible Heart, came out in 2015 from Sophia University Press. She has been Visiting Scholar in Sociology at Harvard University.

Zitha Mokomane, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She holds a MA and a PhD in Demography, both from the Australian National University. She has extensive research, policy and programmatic expertise in the fields of family studies, with specific interest in work-family interface; social policy analysis; as well as poverty reduction and social protection. Examples of her recent work in this regard includes the development of the South Africa White Paper on Families which was approved by cabinet in June 2013; the drafting of the African Common Position on the Family (African Union Commission, 2012); the development of a Policy Framework on Social Security to Youth in South Africa (National Department of Social Development, 2012); and the development of the Social Policy Framework for Africa (African Union Commission, 2008). Among her most recent publications in these areas is a paper entitled Social Protection as a Mechanism for Family Protection in sub-Saharan Africa (International Journal of Social Welfare, 2012) and an edited book entitled Work-Family Interface in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Responses (Springer publishing, 2014).

Mihaela Robila, PhD is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Queens College, City University of New York. Her research is on international migration, family relations and family policies. She edited a “Handbook on Family Policies across the Globe” (Springer, 2014), wrote a book on “Eastern European Immigrant Families” (2010; Routledge), edited a book on “Families in Eastern Europe” (2004; Elsevier), published many articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and presented to numerous national and international conferences. Her work has been supported by grants and contracts from the American Councils for International Education/ U.S. Dept. of State, Fulbright, Spencer Foundation, Fahs-Beck Fund, among others. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association Divisions 52 (International), 43 (Family Psychology), and 37 (Child and Family Policy).

Ignacio Socias (General Coordinator) is Director of International Relations of the International Federation for Family Development, an umbrella organization for more than 200 Family Enrichment Centers that operate in 66 countries. He is also Director of International Relations of The Family Watch, a think tank committed to researching the family and finding solutions to the problems it faces. Currently, he represents IFFD in the FamiliesAndSocieties 7FP European Commission Project, the biggest European research on families, and has been part of high-level events on family at the European Parliament (2013 and 2014), Committee of the Regions (2012) and Economic and Social Committee(2014 and 2015). He is a Doctor in Law by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and has been CEO of the Grupo de Comunicación Dynamia and Bisel de Comunicación in Spain. He was Director of Communication of the 6th World Meeting of Families (Valencia, 2006) and has published various books and articles about educational, social and historical topics.

Irma Rognoni (Strategic Adviser), City Councilor of Barcelona (2011-2015) for Family, Children, Uses of Time and the Disabled, as well as Councillor for the city District of Nou Barris. Lawyer and Mediator. Master Degree in Mediation and Alternative Resolution of Conflicts (Ramon Llull University). She was Assistant Professor of the Department of Political Economy and Financial and Tax Law (University of Barcelona). Professor of various Masters Degree courses in mediation and Conflict Resolution Resolution at Ramon Llull University, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and at the Illustrious College of Lawyers of Barcelona. Founder member of Æquitas-Centre of Mediation and Alternative Resolution of Conflicts of Barcelona. Mediator in the field of the family. of organisations and community mediator (among others, the conciliation process in the field of the Meina - Unaccompanied foreign immigrant minors, between entities of the sector and governments). Responsible for the co-facilitating process of the Intra-Rwandan Dialogue. Collaborations in the UNESCO centre of Catalonia, and Amnesty International, legal adviser for the Association ADDIA in Defence of the Right of Infancy to Adoption). Created the first ECAI (Collaborating Entity of International Adoption) in Catalonia and Spain, a model that has been adopted as unique. Legal Advicer and Director of the ESCO Foundation (entity for social attention for families with children which are highly destructured) in the Raval neighbourhood of Barcelona.

Alex Vazquez (Project Manager), PhD, Political Sciences, Government and Culture of the Organizations and Visiting Scholar at Blinken European Institute – Columbia University NY, United States. He is permanent representative of the International Federation for Family Development at the United Nations in New York. Master of Arts in Government and Culture of the Organizations at the Enterprise and Humanism Institute (University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain), Undergraduate Program in Humanities and Social Studies at the School of Philosophy and Social Studies, Bilingual Minor in Cultural Management and Artistic Studies and Bilingual Minor in Business Management (University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain). He has also worked at the University of Navarra as Associate Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, and Executive Director of the University of Navarra International Forum.

First Global Meeting

First Global Meeting in Barcelona
The first Global Meeting (Barcelona, 10-11 November 2016) has defined the chapter content and structures, timelines for deliverables, and expectations for the boundaries of the discussions in each paper of each sustainable development goal (target and indicator). The meeting also addressed expectations in the academic expert groups regarding the types of review and analysis required, quality assurance issues, as well as providing an early opportunity to share expertise and information on data sources and salient literature and policies.
The welcome session was also attended by Josep Oliva (CaixaBank Foundation), Javier Vidal-Quadras (Secretary General, IFFD) and Xavier Trias (former Mayor of Barcelona).

Second Global Meeting in San José de Costa Rica


The opening session of the second Global Meeting of SDGs & Families Project, held in San Jose on 23-25 May 2017, was inaugurated by the President of the Parliament of Costa Rica, Mr. Gonzalo Ramírez Zamora. The meeting gathered not only the members of the global research team, but also the United Nations Focal Point on Family, Mrs. Renata Kaczmarska, and some regional experts from Mexico and Brazil. The goal was to assess the development of the project, aimed to define well-being global family indicators.
The Deputy Mayor of San Jose, Mrs. Paula Vargas Ramírez, and several experts in family policies of the Municipality intervened in one of the sessions.


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