Memorandum to file on SDGs   (Published: 14.07.2019)

Subject: Integrity, compatibility and quality control of SDGs

1. Background
This memorandum, written as an expert opinion, concerns information management issues related to the design and implementation of the SDG program from the point of view of the application of traditional data processing in program implementation.

2. Identifying the problem
The Third World Development Agenda, the Agenda 2030 for SDGs, has been built on two previous foundations of Agenda 21 and MDG. Changes since 1992 have been faster than expected in the early days of sustainable development. Especially in the environmental protection affairs and information technology. The 2030 program has been unable to follow these changes.

 2.1 Ad-hoc evaluation
The Agenda 2030 for SDGs is designed and implemented mainly through collaboration between states and institutions/organizations between them. Other types of organizations are not involved in diversifying the content of their activities. SDGs matters need independent evaluation and formulation of the content of the operation to keep this change management mechanism intact and do the right things.

2.2 Designing the Octal Matrix
The Agenda 2030 for SDGs is built according to the operating models of previous programs, without methodological reassessment. The current situation analysis of the 2030 program is inadequate. Global goals can only be identified and formulated through global and verifiable situational analysis only. An Octal-Matrix-based methodology could be such a technique and mechanism for continuous monitoring of change.

2.3 Clustering of SDGs objectives
The question arises as to whether the program, with its 17 objectives and 169 sub-objectives, is over-controlled in terms of design, implementation and monitoring without appropriate tools. All the 17 goals can be divided into four clusters: environment, material dimension, knowledge dimension and communication, as detailed in the appendix to this memorandum.

 2.4 More financial options
The second question that arises when evaluating the current program is the narrow scope of its funding base. In the context of a major ad-hoc evaluation, could one find out how funding for the program could be diversified in addition to the study task force of Addis Ababa by exploring how FDI, other private capital, crowdfunding and venture capital could be involved in materialization of the SDGs.

3. Grounds for the proposal

Alea iacta est - The die is cast (by Caesar).

Espoo, Finland-Finland 14.07.2019 Mr. Heikki K. Auvinen, Asumer Oy, www.asumer.fi



Appendix:  17 Combining the SDG objective with the surrounding reality
 

In the development community’s joint effort in September 2015, the world leaders and representatives of the UN world 193 nations adopted the Agenda 2030 for SDGs with 17 goals and 169 targets needed for achieving the program goals by 2030. The 2030 is a continuation of two similar programs implemented at global level:  After Rio de Janeiro 1992 Conference Agenda 21 and MDG program in 2000 - 2015.

This private document with related drafted papers by the author since 2015 is an effort to raise debate about suitability of the present approach (LFA - Logical Framework Approach) in managing the increasing proportion of use of ICT and systems analysis/engineering in IFI-funded donor interventions in recent years in aid interventions.  Furthermore, the use of ICT in aid sector has gradually already shifted toward systemic methodology without reassessing the basis of LFA foundations. 

In previous writings I have addressed systems thinking and the Logical Framework Approach (LFA) used for development projects functional difference, as well as workflow diversity of standards used in the management of change. There are many documents on Asumer website (www.asumer.fi) on system thinking in the design, delivery and evaluation of development projects. The purpose of this article is to illustrate how to better manage the SDG program by clustering.

Clustering the Content of 17 SDGs

The 17 sustainable development goals have been grouped into four Clusters that cover and will be handled by the systems analysis and design procedures and standards as done in systems engineering business since the 1960’s through business process descriptions.   by systems design and engineering standards.  In the SDGs sphere, the principal business processes have been identified and formulated into four clusters:

Cluster 1: Environment (Coherence with Integrity of the Universe);
Cluster 2: Material Dimension (Energy Balance & Global Efficiency);
Cluster 3: Knowledge Dimension (Rules, Values, Norms & Religions);
Cluster 4: Communications (Dialogue, Massmedia, IT & ICT Means).

The Cluster contents are intentionally at general level – so is also the object process intended to be changed, which should be capable to be re-adopted in case the spatial conditions to change or the description of reality becomes more accurate changing the internal cohesion factors. 

Cluster 1: Environment (Coherence with Integrity of the Universe

As a premise, throughout the course of sustainable development in the early 1990s, activities began with environmental issues and have returned to them in Agenda 2030 as one of its core areas. Climate change has been a key area since its inception and results have been achieved.  At the same time, among the world's development community and scientists, people's awareness has grown, and a new way of thinking has spread to the general public to intervene. Concerns about the Earth's near-space space have also become a part of thinking as a possible tool for regulating space exploitation enabling and supporting life sustainability on the earth, although the focus is still on the earth.

Cluster 2: Material Dimension (Energy Balance & Global Efficiency)

The first segment of reality unifying individuals and peoples/cultures through consensus that is linked to use of those energy & natural resources of environment where various communities coexist and live with dependencies from each other.  The consensus as a premise is based on balancing of capability to produce and exploit the surrounding resources for own benefits.  Furthermore, there must be a control mechanism that is not annulling the use of given resources within the regional energy balance of the region.  That function is called public interest represented by the community institutions distributing the results of common energy and material resources at disposal on the globe without voiding the above balance. 

Cluster 3: Knowledge Dimension (Rules, Values, Norms & Religions) 

The second segment relates to the intangible reality that directs the exploitation of material reality and cohesion within the man-made order. The element of knowledge is a man-made conception of reality and the world around it and its order as a conceptual description. The description of reality consists of verifiable knowledge and beliefs, different values and norms that guide people's interactions and changing the world around them. In the current global transformation, religions no longer have the same role as the early days of human and communal consciousness development, which has reduced the knowledge base of humanity's sense of reality in terms of beliefs. Transfer of knowledge (education) is one of the most vital elements of this segment.

Cluster 4: Communications (Dialogue, Mass Media, DP & ICT Means)

Managing change requires not only the starting point and the two segments described above, but also the means and tools for achieving and managing change. This entity is called communication between the different actors involved in the change. It can distinguish between communication between individuals and mass media, which must not be equated with the learning and innovation processes described in the third cluster. Mass communication differs from interaction processes due to its different feedback process. There are two sub-areas of IT: (1) data processing & systems engineering (DP/SE) and (2) data-/telecommunications, digitizing platforms, Internet & social media (i-/e- & SOME).

Measures to Describe Clusters Breakdown

The above description is intended to facilitate the organization of the content of global change as a graph of the reality of the SDG program. The first is the state cluster, the second is the reality dimension of energy and its accumulation, the third dimension of the extent and unchanging of consciousness, and the fourth, which is the tool cluster under the control of the three clusters beyond their own consciousness. Clustering is placed in the three shaded elements of the octal matrix:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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