Localizing the SDGs: Data-Driven Development Planning

CCSI is supporting the local governments in Huasco Province, Chile, to develop a long-term development strategy that takes 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 worked with its local partner Dinámica Plataforma to do a comprehensive and detailed diagnostic of the development needs of the Province; develop a vision for the Province based on extensive consultations; and outline the strategic pillars that the development strategy should entail. The “Roadmap to Sustainable Development of Hausco Province” outlines the results of this work (English version forthcoming).

One of the principal barriers to developing a data-driven development plan is 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. This will help set quantitative targets in the long-term development strategy, and feed into an online monitoring system that can support fact-based decision-making of local governments and increase transparency about progress toward development outcomes.