To address these challenges, the SDG Center for Africa (SDGC/A) and the SDSN are jointly publishing this first annual Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report that builds on and expands the global one. The report collects and synthesizes the most detailed, recent, available data on the SDGs from official and other verifiable sources to support national and regional discussions on where each country stands with regards to achieving the SDGs and on which metrics might be useful to track progress. This Africa SDG Index unlocks the power of that data to inform governments, businesses, multilateral organizations, and—most importantly—citizens about their country’s achievement in and commitment to the SDGs, to ensure accountability, and to incubate commitment to change. It includes a common core set of indicators from the global SDG Index and Dashboards report, supplemented with a set of indicators that are pertinent to the African context. The additional variables provide a richer assessment of the specific SDG-related challenges faced by African countries and how successful those countries are in overcoming them. Furthermore, elements of the Agenda 2063 have been incorporated—in particular measures of continental integration, a core component of this African agenda, were added into the metrics in Goal 17. Thanks to this African focus, the Africa SDG Index better allows each country to understand its situation and compare itself within the region and with peers at similar levels of overall social and economic development. Finally, according to the UN Population Division, more than half of global population growth from now to 2050 is projected to occur in Africa. This Africa-focused report can assist countries in identifying investment areas to help manage the corresponding increase in demand and use of resources, infrastructure, and public facilities. This report is comprised of five parts. The first part of this report will give a snapshot of the SDGs in the African context, including an analysis of the co-existing development agendas, an overview of statistical capacity in Africa, and a preliminary assessment of a selection of African countries’ implementation efforts. This final section also includes three case studies on good practices, policies, and programs to integrate and implement the SDGs in national development agendas. We hope they will serve as a resource and inspiration for the creation, use, and further sharing of effective solutions. The second part will present the results of the Index and Dashboards, with an analysis by subregion. The third part gives a detailed overview of the methodology. Finally, in part four and five, we present individual detailed country and indicator profiles.
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