Paul (NAYD Steering Group Lead)

Welcome to our latest Open Forum meeting. I am very happy to introduce our guest today, Eve de la Mothe Karoubi, Manager of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Eve was particularly interested to read your June task comments about issues affecting youth-led sustainable development in your respective countries as highlighted in June’s e-newsletter. Please feel free to ask your questions and engage with the conversation. Thank you for joining us Eve. Can you start by briefly telling us about your role with SDSN?

Eve

Hello all, happy to be joining you today. I wear two hats at SDSN: I support our knowledge networks in sub-Saharan Africa and I direct the Africa SDG Index report…and I’m happy to answer your questions on both of those topics, as well as more general questions about the SDSN

Muh (DCFP Cameroon)

Welcome Eve. We are happy to have you here

Deyina (CFP Mauritania)

Thank you Eve and Paul for this discussion

Phatsimo (CFP Botswana)

Welcome, we are happy to have to today. We are looking foward to hearing from you!

Kalejaiye (CFP Nigeria)

Waoh. What a great ambassador we got today. Welcome

Mountassir (CFP Chad)

Hello Eve welcome to this amazing platform and we are happy to chat with you. I am Country forcal Point of Chad.

Paul

Thanks Eve – the Africa SDG index report is quite an eye-opener. It reads like a bad school report, lots of red for fail?

Eve

There are some bright spots and positive trends, but yes, overall the continent is severely lagging. Of course it’s no surprise given the huge challenges!

Deyina

What are the Indicators you work on assessing the overall trends?

Eve

Thanks for your question Deyina, of the 97 indicators in the report, we were able to get time series data for about 48 of them. So the trends analysis is based on those – the period is 2010-2015 and then we project that trend line to 2030.Unfortunately there are gaps for Goals 10 and 12 as no time series data were available

Deyina

Thank you Eve, could you mention what are the 10 and 12 goals and where could we find the report?

Eve

SDG 10 is on inequality and SDG 12 is on sustainable consumption and production

The report is available on our website: http://unsdsn.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/AFRICA-SDGS-2018-Complete-Report-WEB.pdf

Phatsimo

Please tell us about SDSN and Africa index report and how we, as NAYD focal points in our respective countries can benefit from this ?

Eve

Hi Phatismo, thanks for the question! We really have conceived of this report as a tool – we want users to be able to look at the profile of their country and use this for local analysis and accountability. You can publish articles or blogs taking the findings of the report, you can raise awareness about SDG implementation in your country, you can challenge and lobby decision makers etc… We also welcome you to disagree with our findings!

Phatsimo

Thank you for the feedback.

Eve

Phatismo, which country are you from?

Phatsimo

I am from Botswana

Eve

Botswana ranks #12 – not bad!The trends are not bad either, but off track on climate change.

Deyina

Thank you very much. What do you think are the points that showed positive progress on this timeframe?

Eve

From an overall continental perspective, the most promising trend is for climate action (SDG 13), with gender equality (SDG 5), infrastructure (SDG 9), and terrestrial ecosystems (SDG 15) also showing modest progress. What do you think Deyina? How does that match with your experience in your country?

Deyina

I am happy to hear this since my work has been linked to SDG13, Climate Action has been the focus of my community work. My experience in this field has been on capacity building and social campaigning. There is a lot to be done, we are aiming at reaching rural communities by introducing sustainable practices in the country side we would like to do it on a big scale since I think that the Sahel is a hot spot for a lot of problems both ecological and social-economic.

Mountassir

How do we do for those countries where they are still in bad position like chad @Eve Muchiri

Eve

Chad is third from last on our Index ranking

Paul

Our focus is on African rural communities Eve – how do you collect the data for these areas?

Eve

We do not collect any data – that is a colossal task! We use existing data from internationally comparable sources. Some of the data are disaggregated, but unfortunately most are not… We are definitely considering showing more disaggregation where we can in next year’s report.

Paul

It would be interesting to split the index up to urban, semi urban and rural areas. I wonder how many rural communities know about the SDGs?

Eve

We are certainly open to and welcome thoughts on how we can improve for next year – including recommendations on data sources.

Mountassir

D you have some criteria for the data if some local organization can provide to you?

Eve

Our report uses the most recent available data that have been aligned as closely as possible with official SDG indicators. Where substantive gaps remained, we have filled them with SDG-related data from reputable sources. Our criteria are outlined in the methodology section of the report (pages 25-37). The most important is that the data must be internationally comparable and available for 80% of countries.

Muh

Aren’t these SDGS too much? How do you assessed and monitor them? How do you implement the emphasis on leaving no one behind? What are some steps that international community needs to take to make sure no one is left behind?

Eve

This is a bit beyond the scope of this report – but we try to capture the essence of “leaving no one behind” in the way that we define and measure success. This report is the only one that actually defines goal achievement and, unless the targets spell this out, we define this according to the principle of leave no one behind. So goal achievement on SDG 1 is literally zero extreme poverty for all, not just a reduction.

Paul

Was the HLPF aware of this index Eve, and if so what was the reaction of our World Leaders to it?

Eve

We launched the Africa Index at the African Union in Addis and there was a lot of interest and support for the work by all the country reps. (We launched the Global Index at HLPF this week). The ambition is to host launches in all African countries so that policy makers can debate the tool and hopefully use it to influence SDG implementation. This work will be led by the SDG Center for Africa in Kigali.

Paul

Thanks Eve. If this happens, its important African youth are fully engaged in the SDG implementation.

Eve

Absolutely! As those plans develop, I will reach out to NAYD to participate. I also hope that you will all engage with SDSN Youth!

Paul

Thanks – tbh there hasn’t been much communication from SDSN Youth since we joined.I would like to invite a member of SDSN Youth to be in this chat group so they can fully engage with us

Eve

Paul, please send me an email with the specifics and I can help with the follow up.

Paul

The index is a lot of information to take in and generalised. Our members face the reality of the issues facing sustainable development in their rural communities. I would suggest it is hard to marry the two. Any further comments/questions for Eve?

Mountassir

Just we need to Thanks Eve for her time allow to us

Paul

If any of you are yet to comment on issues facing youth-led sustainable development in your country, please send them to me and I will forward to Eve.

Deyina

How can we get updates on the work Eve does and SDSN work? How can we contribute to it?

Eve

You are welcome to sign up SDSN’s monthly newsletter via our website. It’s the best way to stay abreast of our activities. Subscribe here: http://unsdsn.us8.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=a04105bfca6c4cb8c24ff8680&id=2302100059

Deyina

Thank you

Paul

Thanks Eve – I share it with the chat anyway – individuals should sign up to make sure they receive it. Thanks for your time Eve. I’m happy we finally managed to tie things together

Deyina

Thank you Eve and Paul for this exchange

Eve

So glad this worked out! Thanks to you all for your time and your great questions.I look forward to our continued collaboration

Trends towards SDG implementation per African country

 

Current progress per SDG for each African country

The above conversation took place on the NAYD Country Focal Point facebook chat group 20th July 2018