The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index: Baseline Report 2018 highlights the progress being made by States and Union territories by presenting a comprehensive picture across economic, social and environmental dimensions.
India played a prominent role in the formulation of SDGs and much of the country’s National Development Agenda is mirrored in them. In its first iteration, the Index provides a well-rounded picture of India’s inclusive growth trajectory, and the status of both national and state-level social, economic, and environmental parameters across a set of 62 indicators. It not only allows for the evaluation of success, but measures the impact of government programmes, helping identify effective models and trends for future interventions.
The Index also highlights a great opportunity for the strengthening of collection and analysis of data in India, to monitor progress on the SDGs, as well as to inform policy planning. It is expected that the SDG India Index will evolve – indicators shall be refined, data collection and reporting processes shall be improved, the potential for disaggregating data shall be explored and methodological improvements will be made.
The SDG India Index 2018 report provides critical insights on the status of SDGs in the country even though it may not be a comprehensive representation of overall baseline since it is constrained by limited data availability. As data availability improves and new estimation techniques become available, subsequent reports of SDG India Index will become more comprehensive with additional indicators, and also help to measure incremental progress. Despite these gaps and limitations, the SDG Index can be useful to States/UTs in assessing their starting point on the SDGs to benchmark their progress, identify priority areas and highlight data gaps across the goals.
For better visualisation of the index, a dashboard on the SDG India Index 2018 was released along with the report. This was developed in partnership between NITI Aayog, United Nations in India and Social Cops. Click here, to visit the platform.