New Delhi: On August 26, 2021, NITI Aayog and the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region (M/DoNER) will release the inaugural edition of the NER District SDG Index Report and Dashboard 2021–22.
This is the country’s first region-wide district SDG index, and it marks a turning point in the attempts to localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 120 districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura. In the presence of Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Dr. Inder Jit Singh, Secretary, Ministry of DoNER; and Ms. Nadia Rasheed, Resident Representative (i/c), UNDP India, the index and dashboard will be launched by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of DoNER, Tourism, and Culture; and Shri B. L. Verma, Union Minister of State. NITI Aayog and the Ministry of DoNER collaborated on the NER District SDG Index and Dashboard, with UNDP providing technical assistance. It evaluates the districts based on their performance in relation to the SDGs and their related objectives in the eight states of the North Eastern Region. The index is based on the NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index, which is the primary and official instrument for tracking progress on the SDGs at the national, state, and union territory levels. It has the same spirit of comparing and evaluating performance on the SDGs to encourage competitiveness among districts.
A Brief Introduction to the NER District SDG Index and Dashboard 2021–22
NITI Aayog, India’s nodal agency for SDGs, created the NER District SDG Index and Dashboard: Baseline Report 2021-22, which uses 84 indicators to cover 15 of the Global Goals across 50 objectives. The index’s design and methods reflect the fundamental goals of assessing and ranking districts’ performance on the SDGs, assisting States in identifying areas that need greater attention, and encouraging healthy competition among them. All components of the NER District SDG Index and Dashboard, including indicator selection and computation methodology, were decided after thorough collaboration with all eight states in the region. States were crucial in creating the index by providing localized ideas and field experience to the feedback process.
The index will aid in identifying critical gaps and informing interventions to accelerate progress toward achieving the SDGs in the region, as well as serve as a ready reckoner for gauging district progress on a wide range of Global Goals, including health, education, gender, economic growth, institutions, climate change, and the environment.
The NITI Aayog’s attempts to localize the SDGs from “global to national to local” has reached another milestone with the North Eastern Region District SDG Index.