The Pain: Why?
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are targets for global development adopted in September 2015, set to be achieved by 2030. 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. Here is the full list of definitions. All countries of the world have agreed to work towards achieving these goals.
For many Indicators data is available, but major data gaps remain. Even the state of the art data sites like SDG Tracker that presents data across all available indicators from the Our World in Data database, using official statistics from the UN and other international organizations, lag behind by several years.
The data in ALL the SDG sites are macro level. With no visibility to grassroots-level impact initiatives. If I am an investor or an organization interested to work on an SDG goal in my area, there is no easy way to figure out what is being done, who to partner with, where to invest, or get support from. It is painful to get a hyper-local perspective on impact.
The Need: What?
A service to report on SDG-impact related investment and impact (results) at the hyperlocal level. We need to have full transparency around Impacts made by Organizations (Non-profits, Public Benefit Startups, enterprises) and Investments made by Investors at the hyperlocal level, and a convenient way to feed the data upstream. Because it is much easier to see the needle move at a hyper-local level.
The Approach: How?
A SaaS for organizations to showcase their SDG work and report on results at the hyperlocal level.
Target Users: Non-profits, Startups, enterprises involved in SDG-aligned Impact work. Impact Investors.
Organizations The member organizations and investors are charged a monthly subscription.
An Example: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 8
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
The UN explains:
Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.
The UN has defined 12 Targets and 17 Indicators for SDG 8. Targets specify the goals and Indicators represent the metrics by which the world aims to track whether these Targets are achieved. Below we quote the original text of all Targets and show the data on the agreed Indicators.
SDG INDICATOR 8.6.1 Youth employment, education and training
Definition: Indicator 8.6.1 is the
proportion of youth (aged 15–24 years) not in education, employment or training.
Current data for this indicator reports the share of young people (aged 15-29 years) not in education, employment, or training (NEET) in a given year. Notice the absence of hyperlocal data.
Move the Needle Difference
MTN will allow searching for self-reporting organizations working on this Goal, this target, this indicator hyper-locally.