Web tool will help Egypt facilitate SDGs, Agenda 2063 Implementation
Information from UNECA
An Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) sponsored web application, the Integrated Planning and Reporting Toolkit (IPRT) responds to African countries’ need to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) and Africa’s Agenda 2063 for development into their national development plans.
From 2 to 5 February 2020, the ECA held a three-day training workshop on the toolkit in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MPED) to introduce the tool to planning officials.
The tool aligns development plans with both the 2030 and 2063 agendas by enabling common reporting on progress in achieving the goals, targets and indicators of these plans and agendas. It also allows performance monitoring and visualisation of these measures.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015 is anchored around 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a total of 169 targets and 232 indicators covering economic, social development, and environmental protection. “Until 2019, only eight African countries (Egypt, Ghana, Malawi, Niger, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda) had 140 indicators or above out of a total of 232 SDG indicators”, said ECA statistician Molla Hunegnaw Asmare.
Launched in 2013, the Agenda 2063 on the other hand, sets several steps for the region to achieve its vision for an integrated and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena by the year 2063.
By using the IPRT, Egypt will be able to assess its progress towards both the SDGs and Agenda 2063.
“The fact that [IPRT] will support monitoring and evaluation on the sub-national level with disaggregated data is impressive and will allow for more in-depth analysis. Furthermore, adding the feature of forecasting Egypt’s performance in the future will be extremely interesting and beneficial, to help identify priority action areas for the country”, said Dr Howaida Barakat, head of the Sustainable Development Unit at the MPED.
Since 2019, 18 African countries have benefited from ECA trainings on IPRT. More countries will be covered in the coming months, including Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, Sudan and Tunisia.