Chapter 7 Application I: Tracking a Sustainable Development Goal

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) formulated by the United Nations (UN) set targets to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. One or more indicators quantify the progress towards each target.

This section explores the use of the D-score to monitor the progress of the indicator for healthy child development, SDG 4.2.1. We propose a method to define on-track development and show how the application of this method pans out for the GCDG data. More in detail, the section deals with the following topics:

  • Estimating SDG 4.2.1 indicator from existing data (7.1)
  • Defining developmentally on track (7.2)
  • Country-level estimations (7.3)
  • Relation to other estimates (7.4)