Quotation Hoeltl, Andrea, Brandtweiner, Roman, Bates, Romana, Berger, Tania. 2020. The Interactions of Sustainable Development Goals: The Case of Urban Informal Settlements in Ethiopia. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning. 15 (3), 287-294.




Ethiopia is challenged by a strong development progress. Currently the major issues in Ethiopia, as a least developed country with a rapid urbanisation, include a high level of income inequality, lack of formal employment opportunities, deeply rooted poverty, tenure insecurity, poor infrastructure, and limited access to electricity and energy. The Erasmus+ Project “Social Inclusion and Energy Management for Informal Urban Settlements”, enables European and Ethiopian universities to develop new university courses integrating the aspects of sustainability for future professionals in the field of architecture, urban planning but also social sciences. The paper investigates the respective situation in Ethiopia, and demonstrates the interactions of six selected Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations highly linked with this topic. These six Sustainable Development Goals were identified in a participative process, involving different stakeholders like government officials, urban planners or informal settlers by interviews, focus groups, workshops and conferences. The focus is on SDG1 “No Poverty”, SDG3 “Good Health and Well-being”, SDG7 “Affordable and Clean Energy”, SDG11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”, SDG13 “Climate Action” and SDG15 “Life on Land”. In the context of Ethiopian cities, energy production and distribution have been highly centralised under state entities and the scope for exploring local/business driven and decentralised energy systems has been limited. Transitions can be implemented towards sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, if collective identification and structuring of issues along with collective envisioning of the future, and the interactions and trade-offs of different goals are taken into consideration.


Press 'enter' for creating the tag

Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning
Language English
Title The Interactions of Sustainable Development Goals: The Case of Urban Informal Settlements in Ethiopia
Volume 15
Number 3
Year 2020
Page from 287
Page to 294
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.iieta.org/journals/ijsdp/paper/10.18280/ijsdp.150304
DOI https://doi.org/10.18280/ijsdp.150304
Open Access Y
Open Access Link http://www.iieta.org/journals/ijsdp/paper/10.18280/ijsdp.150304


Brandtweiner, Roman (Details)
Bates, Romana (Danube University Krems, Austria)
Berger, Tania (Danube University Krems, Austria)
Hoeltl, Andrea (Danube University Krems, Austria)
Institute for Information Management and Control IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5366 Information society (Details)
5917 Communication science (Details)
5918 Media research, -studies (Details)
6123 Business ethics (Details)
Google Scholar: Search