New World Bank framework could help governments implement Sustainable Development Goals

By on 08/01/2016
The UN Headquarters in New York

Governments around the world are being encouraged to use a new World Bank framework to help them implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

World leaders last September adopted the SDG agenda, which contains 17 goals and 169 targets cover economic, social, and environmental dimensions of development.

Hans Lofgren, senior economist at the World Bank, described the agenda as “very ambitious” and said that individual countries now face the tough challenge of translating it into feasible development plans and identifying policies that reflect their initial conditions and priorities.

Writing yesterday in a World Bank blog From global SDGs to country policymaking, which was co-authored by World Bank consultants Susanna Gable and Israel Osorio Rodarte, he said that the World Banks’ recently issued publication Trajectories for Sustainable Development Goals: Framework and Country Applications could “kickstart needed country-level analysis.”

The document presents the Country Development Diagnostics Post-2015 framework, developed by the World Bank Group, to assess the country-level implications of the post-2015 global agenda, as well as brief, ‘at-a-glance’ applications of the framework to ten countries: Ethiopia, Jamaica, the Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Senegal, and Uganda.

This set of countries is highly diverse in terms of growth prospects, per capita incomes, outcomes for SDG target indicators, natural resource endowments, and physical access to international trade (landlocked or not).

For each country, the analysis benchmarks recent outcomes for SDG target indicators and the factors (including policies) that influence them; projects 2030 outcomes for those indicators; and assesses options to increase financial resources for spending in support of the SDG agenda.

The country briefs also illustrate differences in SDG progress via provision of more and higher-quality public services.

For example, “given current levels of taxes and other revenue sources, some countries may find it difficult to raise resources for SDG-targeted policies without the additional government resources that a growth acceleration would make available,” the publication states.

 

Click here to download Trajectories for Sustainable Development Goals: Framework and Country Applications 

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World – the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

One Comment

  1. Graham Douglas

    08/01/2016 at

    Financing will be a problem using past approaches.

    Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) will improve security by alleviating the poverty which makes people feel insecure and susceptible to being manipulated by dictatorial leaders with militaristic approaches.

    Accordingly, use military budgets (renamed security budgets) to finance SDG’s.

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