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SDG Index for Pakistan at Provincial Level

Umar, Maida and Asghar, Zahid (2018): SDG Index for Pakistan at Provincial Level.

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Abstract

Accomplishing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) an innovative global agenda of inclusive development, how much progress has been made in some areas and how large an effort is needed to meet the SDGs is the main spirit. This collective journey has at its heart a promise to “leave no one behind”. If current trends persist and the cost of missing this opportunity is losing millions of lives that could have been saved. Are we likely to have enough and proper data to conduct an assessment in a meaningful way? To answer this question, we need to evaluate the current state of progress towards each SDG. To take stock of progress at the national and provincial level, SDG Index is incorporated and ranked to evaluate the best and worst performers. Furthermore, they are analyzed against each SDG and highlights from acute to mild challenges. The resulting SDG scorecard depicts that through business as usual, it is hard to achieve SDGs for Pakistan by 2030. Baluchistan rural is at the bottom while Urban Punjab and Urban KP are have done reasonably well though these regions are also behind the target. There is need to do a lot in the domain of health, education, poverty, water and sanitation and no hunger for all regions. The SDG heatmap makes clear that every province faces major challenges in health, education and gender equality that needs to cope with. A call to governments and stakeholders to recognize the gaps that have been identified in implementation, financing and political will to fulfil this vision and keep this promise. SDG Index can draw attention to the SDGs and their role as a tool for guiding national policies and long-term strategies for inclusive development.

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