iSDG Nigeria Model Report Launched at the SDG Summit
Nigeria's Integrated Sustainable Development Goals (iSDG) model report was launched during the just concluded SDG Summit at the United Nations in New York. The report presents the results of the application of the iSDG model in analyzing the prospects of Nigeria achieving the SDGs by 2030.
The report, prepared by MI in conjunction with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the SDGs, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Nigeria Country Office, is the outcome of rigorous research conducted by MI and the Government of Nigeria to use the iSDG model to analyze the long term impacts of various policy choices aimed at achieving the SDGs in Nigeria.
This effort also marks a shift from the hitherto silo-based approaches to planning and replace them with an integrated approach that has the requisite technical soundness, analytical robustness, and flexibility required for achieving policy coherence in national development planning.
Some key messages from the research include:
The simulations suggest that the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), Nigeria’s Medium Term Development Plan, is insufficient to reach the SDGs even under optimistic assumptions. Therefore, to improve on the achievement of the 2030 targets in all the indicators for which iSDG simulation results are available, significant additional SDG-related policies and programmes need to be articulated and effectively implemented by both federal and sub-national governments.
To increase the prospects of achieving many more SDGs beyond Goal 2, Nigeria will need much more than the estimated cost of 125 trillion Naira in real terms. It will therefore be necessary for Nigeria’s domestic and international partners to provide financial support substantially in excess of this amount.
Strong population growth aggravates many other issues. A sustained reduction in population growth could help a lot by increasing the resources available per capita. Investment in family planning is an important policy lever, although population growth reduction is a combined effect of interventions in several areas, e.g., improved education and better wages.