Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030 - the development agenda for the global community has been agreed upon and set. Each country will choose the indicators that are best suited to track its own progress towards sustainable development.
Then there are a risks that, by focusing solely on the SDG indicators, governments may waste resources on data for data’s sake, rather than identifying local priorities. Understanding of local priorities require a simple but well-structured bottom-up approach to track the progress towards SDGs by taking into account the views of target beneficiaries and the people involved. Taking a bottom-up approach will be essential to successfully identify and deliver on priorities.
Participatory monitoring is one way of generating the data needed to close the information gaps and achieve the evidence base needed for robust implementation of the SDGs. In this sense, the data/information pouring in from the participatory monitoring will complement, and not intended to substitute, the monitoring based on the non-participatory data compiled by the authorities at national, regional and global level.
The use of IT tools is changing the face of participatory monitoring paradigm by enabling the citizens to provide and the government agencies to receive the feedback on developmental interventions and availability as well as quality of basic services such as roads, water and sanitation, public health facilities, etc.
This research project has been structured around two activity streams – first, generating the ideas and proof of concepts to develop and upgrade IT tools for participatory monitoring of SDGs worldwide; second, actually using the developed tools for generation of data/information for participatory monitoring which will complement the monitoring of indicators based on recorded non-participatory data sets.
Generating the ideas and proof of concepts to develop and upgrade IT tools is being steered by Digital Development Department (3D) of VisionRI guided by a designated research team. A panel of technical advisors provide the mentoring role and contribute for the generation of ideas through online and offline brain-storming and panel discussion sessions periodically.
The web and android based tool being used for this research is a module of the software, IDEA-M&E, designed and developed by VisionRI for the monitoring and evaluation of developmental interventions.
The execution modality of the research is generating crowd-sourced data through a well-designed program of voluntary participation named ‘League of SDG Samurai’.
The online platform for the research project displays data pouring in for the research on an interactive map as ‘Live Monitoring’. With the help of maps, analytics, and other tools one can witness the continuous monitoring on her screen in real time.
We understand that the crowd sourced data generated under the research project may be useful for governments, development agencies, research institutions, civil society organizations and community groups. For such institutions interested in getting the raw data feed as well as basic analytics for the geographical areas of their interest, we invite institutional partnerships under a simple arrangement called ‘Adopt the Research’. Under this arrangement, we expect the partner institution to duly declare and publicise that it has adopted this research on its website and other publicity material in order to catalyse the process of crowd-sourced data generation. In return, the partner institution will be provided free of cost access to dashboard displaying the crowd sourced data from geographical area of its interest.
In the present - daemons surrounds us in the form of inefficiencies, corruption, pollution, poverty, inequality, and what not. Our Earth is losing its sustainability, its balance, day in and day out.
It’s now time for you to be the change, it’s now time to be the saviour, it’s now time to be the ‘Samurai’ for the Sustainable Development of our mother earth, a ‘SDG-Samurai’, by actively participating in monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals.
Speak up for the ground realities in your community, your locality or any other area you are concerned about regarding basic services such as water and sanitation facilities, public health status and facilities, roads and transport, energy services, education facilities, environmental status, agriculture activities and gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. You can speak up your mind on government’s policies, plans, programs, projects and administration. The world will see and listen to you through this research platform.
You can simply respond to few multiple choice questions posed under the research, click and send a picture or record and send audio and video clips. The whole world will see and listen to what you will speak out for. Starting as a volunteer you can rise in ranks in the ‘League of SDG Samurai’ as Second Lieutenant, Colonel, Brigadier or even higher than that up to General. Each contribution to research by you will add to your score as SDG Samurai and ensure your promotion to higher ranks.
Your contribution will add to the collective voice of other fellow SDG Samurai and catalyse the process of change we aspire for our communities and localities by monitoring the march towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
We invite you to speak out and be the saviour! Please download and install our app from google play store and provide your contribution by selecting the thematic area about which you wish to speak out. To see who is there in league click here.
Interested in getting the raw data feed as well as basic analytics for the geographical areas of your interest? Want to communicate with volunteers providing data from geographical are of your interest? We invite your institution for partnership under a simple arrangement called ‘Adopt the Research’. Under this arrangement, we expect your institution to duly declare and publicise that it has adopted this research on its website and other publicity material in order to catalyse the process of crowd-sourced data generation. In return, your institution will be provided free of cost access to dashboard displaying the crowd sourced data from geographical area of its interest as well platform for communicating with volunteers providing data. Write us by clicking here.
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