Localizing the SDGs: Data-Driven Development Planning

The world is entering an era where data is generated and used at an unprecedented scale. Technologies to collect real-time data at low cost that can supplement traditional survey and census data are increasingly available. So too are ICT programs that help convert this information into useful outputs for policy makers to support decision making.

The “Using the SDG Framework to Advance Local Development Where Vale Operates: A Case Study From Canaã dos Carajás” highlights how existing data collection and monitoring platforms in Brazil can help stakeholders in mining impacted regions identify areas of intervention, coordinate activities among public and private actors, assess the impact of development interventions, and adapt these accordingly if unsuccessful.

CCSI is also supporting the local governments in Huasco Province, Chile, to develop a data driven long-term development strategy that takes into account the large-scale mining investment by NuevaUnion, a joint venture of Teck and Goldcorp. 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). The next phase of the project foresees the creation of a data collection system with metrics that are aligned to the SDGs that best captures the development concerns and priorities. This will help set quantitative targets 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.

In partnership with Dinamica Plataforma and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, CCSI is also advising Antofagasta Minerals on the development of an SDG-aligned data collection and monitoring system for the Choapa Province, which is impacted by the company’s Los Pelambres Mine.