In Africa, data availability and statistical capacity remain a challenge.
Africa is halfway through the First Ten-year Implementation Plan (2014-2023) of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and we are entering the last 10 years until completion of the United Nations’ SDGs.
As the largest source of data on African governance, the IIAG is a key tool for African countries to measure the environment around achieving these transformative agendas.
There is a strong relationship with governance performance and country progress towards the Agendas. IIAG Overall Governance scores are strongly correlated with the Africa SDG Index scores.
The ability and capacity to monitor progress, and therefore to swiftly adapt resources and policies, is critical to effectively implement Agendas 2063 and the SDGs.
However, almost half of the 255 targets of Agenda 2063 are not directly quantifiable, and only six of the 17 SDGs have indicators with sufficient levels of data (over 50%) to assess progress for Africa.
Without an effective measurement framework in place, assessing and monitoring progress towards the two Agendas is highly compromised.