Localizing the SDGs: Data-Driven Development Planning

CCSI is supporting the local governments in Huasco Province, Chile, to develop a roadmap for a long-term development strategy that will take into account the large-scale mining investment by NuevaUnion, a joint venture of Teck and Goldcorp. Due to its size, the copper-gold mining project is expected to alter the socio-economic dynamics in the Province. The long-term development strategy aims to build consensus among stakeholders of the development needs, establish targets and objectives, and help guide public and private sector investments in the region. Given that mining is one of the most important economic activities in the province and will play an even bigger role if the NuevaUnion project goes ahead, the strategy will set out how the positive linkages from the mining sector can be leveraged and how the negative environmental and social risks can be mitigated.

During the first phase of the project, CCSI has been working with its local partner Dinámica Plataforma to do a comprehensive and detailed diagnostic of the development needs of the Province. This has included assessing sub-national statistics complemented by existing studies; reviewing the plans and strategies of the Regional, Provincial and Municipal Governments; and collecting feedback from the consultation mechanisms that our partners have set up for the purpose of this project (this includes a civil society and an indigenous consultation forum).

One of the principal barriers to developing a data-driven development plan has been the lack of availability of data at the sub-national level. The next phase of the project therefore foresees the creation of a data collection system with metrics that are closely aligned to the SDGs that best capture the development concerns and priorities at the sub-national level identified during the diagnostic. The baseline will help set quantitative targets in the long-term development strategy, and an online monitoring system will support fact-based decision-making of local governments and increase transparency about progress toward development outcomes.