Progress will need to be much faster if the world is to meet the Global Goals by 2030.

Photo: Asian Development Bank

Projecting progress

Reaching the SDGs by 2030


Susan Nicolai, Chris Hoy, Tom Berliner and Thomas Aedy

Thursday, October 1, 2015

This ODI paper offers a first systematic attempt to project progress across the full 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, showing where – if current trends continue – the world will be in 15 years’ time. The findings serve as a wake-up call on just how much more effort will be needed to reach the new goals.

This report provides a scorecard against 17 targets - one per goal. The scorecard reveals how much faster progress will need to be, classing targets as needing 'reform', 'revolution' and 'reversal'. It is based on global projections, but the level of change needed varies widely across regions and countries. 

While the scorecard reveals shortfalls, there is much to be hopeful about. A closer look at recent top-performing countries shows that if others were able to make similar rates of progress, we would get much closer to reaching the goals.

Resource type: report
Pillar: Monitoring and evaluation

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