In 2015, all United Nations member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The SDGs are expected to drive national and global development agendas.
Tracking progress toward these goals is challenging but essential for informing national decision-making. Afrobarometer survey data can make a unique contribution by providing a little-heard perspective – that of the ordinary citizen in Africa – on progress toward 12 of the 17 SDGs.
Newly developed “Afrobarometer SDG Scorecards” highlight citizens’ experiences and evaluations of their country’s performance on democracy and governance, poverty, health, education, energy supply, water and sanitation, inequality, gender equity, and other SDG priorities that can be compared to official UN tracking indicators.
For each country surveyed by Afrobarometer, the scorecard consists of a one-page summary (using “stoplights” to indicate progress and challenges) and four pages visualizing performance trends.
The Afrobarometer SDG Scorecards were officially launched on 24 May 2021. Subsequently, Afrobarometer SDG Scorecards for 23 countries have been released with a series of regional webinars for anglophone West Africa, francophone Africa, and East Africa. This Southern African edition, slated for 31 August, is aimed at launching and discussing the SDG Scorecards for Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Date: 31 August 2021
Time: 09:00 GMT | 11:00 SAST
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