SDG tracker to help accelerate goal progress

Staff Correspondent

21 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

SDG Tracker, an online data repository for monitoring implementation of various initiatives in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, will help the government on informed decision making and targeted resource allocation to achieve the goals after a laudable success in MDGs attainment.

The platform will also help close the existing data gap, which is a major concern for the government in implementing the massive UN sustainable development agenda.

“Information and data-based decision making and resource allocation in priority areas will play a key role in course of Bangladesh’s SDGs implementation,” said Chief SDGs Coordinator Abul Kamal Azad at a consultation workshop in the city on Wednesday. 

An effective, informative and widely utilised combined SDGs monitoring framework can play the main role in SDGs implementation, he added.

“Bangladesh is not progressing at usual pace; it is advancing at an unbelievable pace. So, you’ve to proceed or be prepared in such a way that no one can say after five years that any sector is ignored,” he pointed out.  

The country’s success in attaining MDGs has poised it to do better in achieving the SDGs. The government is committed to sustaining the MDGs momentum and lead by example again in case of SDGs, a2i officials said.   

“National plans and actions are also directed towards this commitment. It is highly expected that the SDG Tracker will support to drive these actions in the right direction,” another a2i official added.

For a Government to plan and monitor the impact of its policies, it must be able to benchmark data and see year on year progress.

Regular monitoring and evaluation of development interventions facilitate continuous improvement of their designs and thus enhance their potential to make an impact. 

Access to Information (a2i) programme under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with technical support from UNDP and USAID and in collaboration with General Economics Division (GED) of Planning Commission, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics and other government and private stakeholders, designed and developed the SDG Tracker.

It has been intended to create an online data repository for accurately monitoring implementation of various initiatives in line with the SDGs leading to efficient resource allocation and effective policy making for inclusive and sustainable development.

In particular, it will create a data repository for monitoring the implementation of the SDGs and other national development goals; and facilitate the tracking of progress against each goal and target;

It will also improve situation analysis and performance monitoring; and enable predictive analysis for achieving the goals within the set time-frame.

The new version of SDG Tracker was launched on 28th June 2018 and will be made up-to-date with the most recent data and SDG developments through to the end of the 2030 Agenda, officials informed.

Two major components of SDG Tracker are —- the SDG Portal and Dashboard. SDG portal enables policymakers, government agencies, the private sector, civil society organizations, international organizations, academia, researchers and the citizens to track year on year progress against each target and to create required visualizations.

On the other hand, SDG Dashboards facilitate individual ministries or divisions and agencies to consolidate available data for each SDG and compare it visually against performance thresholds.

The resulting dashboards highlight areas where a ministry needs to make the greatest progress towards achieving the Goals by 2030.

The SDG Tracker presents data across all available indicators from ‘Our World in Data’ database, using official statistics from the UN and other international organizations.

It is the first publication that tracks global progress towards the SDGs and allows people around the world to hold their governments accountable for achieving the agreed goals.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are defined in a list of 169 SDG Targets. Progress towards these Targets is agreed to be tracked by 232 unique Indicators.