SDG Digital Investment Framework

A Whole-of-Government Approach to Investing in Digital Technologies to Achieve the SDGs

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This paper sets out a Sustainable Development Goals Digital Investment Framework which is intended to be the start of a new dialogue with the digital investment community, building on the global Call to Action 1 presented at the UN General Assembly in 2018. It encourages a whole-of-government approach and sets out to help governments address key strategic investment questions and choose effective, scalable technology-based solutions - and in particular help them to onsider using ICT Building Blocks for economies of scale and maximum return on investment.




The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promise to ‘transform our world’ by 2030, and innovative uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) have the potential to propel government programmes to far greater effectiveness and scale, accelerating progress. Global development agencies have invested billions of dollars over the past decade to ride this wave and integrate government programming with digital technology. In 2015, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) reported investments in more than 1,800 mobile for development (M4D) apps and services that had been launched. DFID was also funding more than 160 programmes with significant digital elements. Conservative estimates from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation place its digital investments at US$ 500 million. These two donors are far from unique in maintaining a growing portfolio of digital investments.


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