Improving Equity Through Monitoring, Evaluation, Action Critical To Achieving SDGs

Devex: Equity: A platform for achieving the SDGs and promoting human rights
Cesar Victora, emeritus professor of epidemiology at the Federal University of Pelotas, and Kate Somers, program officer on the maternal, newborn, and child health team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“…[U]nequal access to services and opportunities perpetuate poor health and nutrition outcomes … Equity is a critical component of [several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] … If we want to ensure a more equitable future for children … we need to focus on three key dimensions of measuring equity: monitoring, evaluation, and action. … We need to carry forward the momentum we have built to tackle the measurement and programming challenges ahead. We need to invest in improving indicators, data sources, and communication tools to best measure equity and progress. In sum, a focus on equity is a powerful step toward better health, development, social justice, and human rights” (12/10).