On 1st January 2016, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) officially rolled out and all governments were encouraged to take ownership and find ways of implementing them. The SDGs took over from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set in the year 2000 to be achieved by 2015. Over the period to 2015, it became clear that for the goals to be achieved, monitoring and evaluation would have to be an essential part of the process.
As compared to MDGs, SDGs have more precise targets and indicators for measuring successes. This aspect will make it easier for monitoring and evaluation processes to take place to ensure achievement of the goals.
Monitoring of SDGs achievement is currently being established on a national level through setting policies in the national frameworks to aid in achieving the goals. At Considr, we believe that a community participatory approach is key to the achievement of the SDGs at the most local level. This is what led us to work with The Open Institute on their Global Goals for Local Impact (GGLI) project piloting in Lanet Umoja. We are providing independent qualitative feedback on the processes and impacts of the project.
The GGLI project has been running since December 2015 when the Project team touched base in Lanet Umoja location in Nakuru county. The overall objective of the project is to support the implementation of the SDGs by strengthening citizen-centric efforts. This is achieved through facilitating data collection and access to open data for sustainable solutions to communities. The project also helps to develop mechanisms and processes to meet the needs of the communities as a follow-up to the community dialogue process; and augment coordination capacity to implement the SDGs – mostly through the Nyumba Kumi initiative. In the Open Institute’s approach, the project’s outputs start with the community at the citizen-level and expand to involve the broader national and international agendas. The project seeks to:
- Enhance skills and capacity within the community to conduct participatory planning for community development projects and assess their impacts;
- Assist citizens within the community to identify needs, plan and implement community projects in a participatory process; and
- Support the integration of policies and strategies into the SDGs and relevant national priorities.
Throughout this project, we shall be evaluating the processes, monitoring the impact and giving feedback on the progress. This will also serve as a platform for finding a better approach when scaling up to other locations.