Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals should be easy for any person to measure and discuss. Whether at a national, regional or community level, action on the SDGs needs to be regularly provided to citizens in an understandable, quantifiable way to increase engagement in the 2030 Agenda.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and blueSpace Caribbean have begun collaborating to build websites for Caribbean communities to deliver this kind of accessibility, immediacy and transparency. These websites (developed by IISD through open source software) connect the SDGs to data points chosen by community members as the best local indicators of progress. The data is then presented as concise, interactive graphs and maps so leaders and community members can quickly get a cohesive picture of well-being where they live.
IISD and its partners have already built and launched several of these sites, including:
- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (community)
- Trinidad and Tobago (country, under construction)
- Houston, Texas, United States of America (community)
- SDG Global Indicator Platform (international)
blueSpace Caribbean and IISD are looking for community- and regional-level organizations with data management expertise to partner on sites in Jamaica, Barbados and St. Lucia and to develop a regional Caribbean SDG data portal. While IISD will take on the initial costs and technical work to develop the sites, the ideal partner organization will be able to commit to ongoing data maintenance as well as driving public engagement for their site.
More details and contact information are included in the documents below.