Static Sustainable Development Goals Do Not Allow For Dynamic Interventions, Debate Over Local Best Practices
SciDev.Net: Single SDG targets are impractical and unrealistic
David Sumpter, professor of applied mathematics; Shyam Ranganathan, PhD student in applied mathematics; and Ranjula Bali Swain, associate professor in the department of economics, all at Uppsala University
“…Predictions of development progress should be dynamic and interactive. … By accumulating data and comparing forecasts with outcomes, scientists can engage stakeholders in an active debate about what can be expected in the future. Setting targets for and pushing assessments into the distant future misses the point of understanding and communicating progress in development, which is to continually debate about how goals can be attained. … We shouldn’t make the same mistake twice: unrealistic, static goals won’t work…” (1/13).