The Fall 2016 Issues in African Development seminar will take a close look at the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, launched by a UN Resolution in December 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals with a broader sustainability agenda. The SDGs go well beyond the MDGs to address the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. We propose to examine the question of whether the goals shift Africa onto a path of inclusive, sustainable, and resilient development. Do the SDGs encapsulate an agenda that will end poverty by 2030 and promote prosperity and well-being while protecting the environment? What strategies are appropriate to make this vision a reality? We will begin with an overview of the SDGs and why they matter, then go on to studies on building sustainable communities through education and economic development; creating government-business partnerships and examining how they work for communities; approaching issues around access to energy; the impact of various approaches to agriculture on poverty and hunger; and the impact of gender inequality on hunger and access to power.