Is Africa Measuring Up To Its Goal 16 Commitments?

Content Manager • 5 July 2019

      Africa played an important role in the adoption of SDG 16 and at the moment serves as an example in the implementation and monitoring of this goal. Among the 51 countries that have volunteered to report at the upcoming HLPF 2019, more than a third are from Africa – the largest-ever contingent from the region reporting at the HLPF. The significant participation of African countries reflects the international leadership of African member states in ensuring that issues of governance and peace are central to the new development agenda.

      "Is Africa Measuring Up to its Goal 16 Commitments?" report highlights the positive investments and innovations in Africa to monitor SDG16 and related targets across other goals and explores some of the key challenges.The first section of this study summarises the findings on how the reporting on this goal in Africa has evolved since the first global review in 2016. As a second step, key national stakeholders directly involved in SDG 16 processes – government officials, CSOs, statisticians, parliamentarians and researchers – were asked about what had been done and what had yet to be done. 

      Some of the key findings are:

  • Efforts to adapt global SDG 16 targets and indicators to the national context are growing, but several countries have yet to make SDG 16 truly resonate at home
  • SDG16 has boosted efforts to achieve data sovereignty in the new domains of governance and peace statistics in Africa
  • Nationally representative surveys on governance and peace should be rolled out on a regular basis, drawing experience from several African countries that have done so before
  • Civil society could be involved in more meaningful ways in helping to monitor SDG16
  • The big challenge goes beyond data collection; it is about designing and implementing policies to address the deficiencies that the data reflect.

For more information, please see the report attached below.

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This publication was authored by Marie Laberge, an independent consultant, on behalf of, and in close collaboration with, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Regional Service Centre for Africa, the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.


The views expressed in this blog are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the SDG Philanthropy Platform. The SDG Philanthropy Platform is a global initiative that connects philanthropy with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact, driving SDG delivery within national development planning. It is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), and supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, Brach Family Charitable Foundation, and many others.