To develop solutions for the SDG-related challenges in Afghanistan, we will undertake the following four major activities:
First, we will develop a data center that houses primary and secondary data on the current situation and progress towards A-SDGs. Based in Kateb University in Kabul and administered by qualified staff, this center will help researchers and practitioners to more efficiently manage and utilize SDG-related primary and secondary data.
Second, the need for technology platforms for A-SDGs is more crucial than ever. At SDSN Afghanistan, we believe technology plays a vital role in making sustainable development efficient and effective in Afghanistan. SDSN Afghanistan will advocate researches around Afghanistan’s unique capacities that enable the nation to emerge as a regional and global player. Also, we will explore solutions to enhance technological capacity of the country in light of its industrial needs - eventually adding value to locally produced goods and commodities.
Third, the need for a proper monitoring and reporting mechanism has been raised at multiple occasions by experts. SDSN Afghanistan will address this need by providing an integrated plan to monitor the overall progress of the nation towards SDGs. We will establish feasible data collection and processing mechanisms (including the above-mentioned data center) to report against annual SDG Indices for Afghanistan focused on developments in the public, private sectors, the civil society, and the academia. In the long run, SDSN Afghanistan will develop a capacity to report SDG Indices for the Central Asian region.
Ultimately, SDSN Afghanistan’s end goal is to influence decision-making in regard to SDGs. We will provide a gap analysis in the current policies, and will provide viable policy options – that can be later evaluated to feed back into the decision-making processes.