Data and the localization of sustainable development goals in Africa: the case of SDG 11 in Lagos and Accra

Elias, P. and Porto de Albuquerque, J. (2022) Data and the localization of sustainable development goals in Africa: the case of SDG 11 in Lagos and Accra. In: Croese, S. and Parnell, S. (eds.) Localizing the SDGs in African Cities. Series: Sustainable Development Goals Series. Springer: Cham, pp. 115-131. ISBN 9783030959784 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-95979-1_8)

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This chapter examines the critical role of data for the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa, with a specific focus on SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) in Lagos and Accra. The chapter argues that while the importance of digital technologies and data for the implementation of the SDGs has been acknowledged, data inequality remains a fundamental challenge. This inequality reflects existing global socio-spatial inequalities. If not carefully considered, these can be perpetuated even further. The chapter builds on results of the ongoing research project, SCiLeD: Standardizing City-Level Data-Gathering for Achieving SDG 11 in Africa, to examine the concrete processes, challenges, and opportunities available for African cities to implement data innovations aimed at localizing SDG 11. It draws on lessons learned and provides future directions based on how the SCiLeD project applied a transdisciplinary research approach for co-designing and co-producing knowledge. This approach allowed for the generation of data that is disaggregated to the neighborhood level, involving community mappers and profilers to reflect and respond to local needs and realities, thereby illustrating its transformative influence and potential toward achieving SDG 11 in African cities by 2030.

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Additional Information:The research was supported by the LIRA 2030 Africa Programme, impemented by the International Science Council (ISC) in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The authors also acknowledges support from UK Research and Innovation GCRF Digital Innovation for Development in Africa for Network Fund.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Porto de Albuquerque, Professor Joao
Authors: Elias, P., and Porto de Albuquerque, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Published Online:20 July 2022
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