Updated May 24, 2019

iSDG - Integrated Sustainable Development Goals Policy Simulator

Part of Millennium Institute

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Adedoyin Onasanya

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A simulation tool for understanding the SDGs and designing efficient pathways to reach the goals.

The iSDG simulator generates country-specific development scenarios to show the implications of policy on a country’s progress towards the SDGs. It conducts quick simulation of a broad variety of policies simultaneously, and assesses their positive and negative synergies and trade-offs, which is essential to establish policy coherence across sectors and for effective resource allocation. It hel...
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The iSDG simulator generates country-specific development scenarios to show the implications of policy on a country’s progress towards the SDGs. It conducts quick simulation of a broad variety of policies simultaneously, and assesses their positive and negative synergies and trade-offs, which is essential to establish policy coherence across sectors and for effective resource allocation. It helps policymakers to understand the SDG system and to design efficient pathways to the goals. The simulator features a user dashboard with a table of icons for each of the 17 SDGs. A red vertical bar under each icon represents the expected attainment of the SDG by year 2030 if current policies remain unchanged and if no unexpected external shocks occur, i.e. ‘business as usual’ conditions. After a simulation is run, a blue vertical bar appears underneath the business-as-usual bar indicating SDG attainment under the simulated policy or policies. This provides users a quick view of the state of attainment across all 17 SDGs. To help users understand the reasons of the simulation results, users can click on any of the goals to see a causal map emanating from policy intervention. Through this causal tracing, the contribution of policy interventions to each goal achievement, as well as the positive and negative synergies generated by the combination of different policies can be assessed. This helps the user to better understand the intersection of policies and prioritize interventions.
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Stage 5: Scaling

The simulator has been tested by over 2,000 persons representing government, academia, NGOs, and others. The simulator has been applied in Australia, Cote d'Ivoire, Malawi, and Senegal. Applications are ongoing in Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Namibia, and Nigeria.
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Focus Areas:

All Sectors, Policy and Regulation, Agriculture and 11 MoreSEE ALL

All Sectors, Policy and Regulation, Agriculture, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Economic Growth and Trade, Education, Energy, Environment, Gender, Health, Housing and Infrastructure, Humanitarian Assistance, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and YouthSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Malawi and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Malawi, Nigeria, Namibia, Guinea-Bissau and CameroonSEE LESS

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Problem

Successful implementation of the SDGs require careful adaptation to country-specific circumstances through localization of goals and targets, prioritization, and sequencing of policies and investments aimed at achieving the goals. Furthermore, governments have to allocate efficiently limited financial and natural resources with available human resources to achieve the desired targets. This is a daunting task because the SDGs are a complex system of interconnected feedback loops, lengthy time lags between causes and effects, and nonlinear relationships that are not easily discernible, which can lead to incoherent policy solutions.

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Solution

iSDG helps policy makers and other stakeholders to make better and more cost efficient decisions. It gives stakeholders better insight into the complex SDG system, and visualize the web of interrelated benefits of policies in one sector on the other sectors. Decision-makers are able to identify the potential costs and benefits of policies under consideration, identify synergies, and high-impact leverage points, and make investment decisions having understood the likely long-term impact.

Target Beneficiaries

All stakeholders concerned with achieving the SDGs, particularly governments, private sector, development cooperation providers, and civil society.

Mission and Vision

We envision a world in which decision makers use a holistic approach to bring about a sustainable, equitable, and peaceful global society. Our goal over the next five years is to support national governments representing at least 90% of the global population to effectively and efficiently domesticate and implement the SDGs. We believe this is a fundamental prerequisite to enable a global shift towards a sustainable development path in time to meet the SDGs.

Competitive Advantage

iSDG is the only policy simulator designed specifically for the SDGs. It maps key dynamic feedback loops running between and within the SDG sectors, and time lags that generate the complex systemic behaviors characteristic of interactions between the SDGs. This key feature makes iSDG especially useful for studying the diverse elements comprising the economic, social, and environmental systems, as well as human perceptions and decision-making processes, which all influence the development outcomes of a country. iSDG also traces the impact path of every policy intervention, thus helping to better understand the intersection of policies, to prioritize interventions, and to mitigate the negative impacts of a policy. This feature distinguishes iSDG from other static indicators databases and indexes that only provide a measure of where a country is, but not the dynamic interactions within the SDG system, or show the best paths and progression towards achieving the SDGs.

Planned Goals and Milestones

  1. Public awareness campaign.
  2. Identify philanthropic support for low-income countries to acquire innovation and be trained its use.
  3. Grow capacity to scale the innovation through a network of partners and associates.
  4. Make iSDG simulator fully open source.
Funding Goal2,500,000

The Team Behind the Innovation

The Millennium Institute's mission is to support countries to develop effective strategies that will lead to measurable advances in the welfare of society in the context of the SDGs. Our goal over the next five years is to support national governments representing at least 90% of the global population to effectively and efficiently domesticate and implement the SDGs. We believe this is a fundamental prerequisite to enable a global shift towards a sustainable development path in time to meet the SDGs.

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Mar 2019
New Country Implemented In
Cameroon
Sep 2015
New Country Implemented In
Cote d'Ivoire
Sep 2015
Created

Supporting Materials

iSDG-FAQ-Brochure-EN.pdf
iSDG-Services-Brochure.pdf
iSDG-Report-Cote-d-Ivoire-EN.pdf