Description/achievement of initiative
The overall objective of the SDG Advisor is to accelerate the adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through ICT at local, regional and national levels especially in SIDS and LDCs . Specifically, the SDG Advisor will support SDG17 by providing the following computer aided services to SIDS and LDCs: • Status and Progress Checking towards SDGs • Recommendations of needed services based on the status• Launch a needed Service by using the SPACE computer aided planning platform.
The SDG Advisor is being developed as an additional layer on top of a very powerful computer aided planning tool, called SPACE. The SDG Advisor basically provides the Status Checking and Service Recommendation capabilities and then passes the results to SPACE that conducts an extensive feasibility study of the needed service within 20 minutes and produces a strategic plan, a funding proposal and a working prototype of the selected service for the selected country. The results of the feasibility study are published in a Donor Portal for attracting funding sources and a free pilot project is initiated by the ICT4SIDS Partnership if it is mutually agreeable to all the parties involved. The Pilot Projects usually result in an ICT Hub that can be operational within a day in a chosen country. As stated previously, the overall objective of the SDG Advisor is to accelerate the adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Samoa Pathway through ICT at local, regional and national levels especially in SIDS and LDCs . The SDG Advisor performs the following operations: • Status and Progress Checking: show how well the country is doing against specific SDGs and give a progress report • Recommendations: based on the status, recommend the ICT services needed (this recommender feature is based on a knowledgebase that heavily utilizes analysis performed by ITU-CISCO, Columbia-Ericcson, and others. • Launch a needed Service: go beyond recommendations and actually launch the needed digital services through the SPACE computer aided planning platform. The SPACE platform is currently focusing on SDG3 (Health) and SDG4 (Education). More services will be added later. The launched services are Samoa Pathway compliant ICT Hubs that support, Health, Education, Public Safety and Public Welfare services through ICT
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Capacity building is automatically built in our methodology through the SPACE platform and ICT4SIDS Partnership. Specifically, we offer CITO certificates for high skilled workers through Harrisburg University. Details are available on ict4sids website http://ict4sids.com/training.html .
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The SDG Advisor is being developed through close collaboration with the ICt4SIDS Partnership that is based in Harrisburg (within an easy commute to UN HQs in NYC). The Director of the ICT4SIDS Partnership (Dr Umar) is also supervising the development of the SDG Advisor. Through the ICT4SIDS Partnership, we are also collaborating with 10 more partners consisting of healthcare providers, academic institutions, and the private sector.
ICT4SIDS Partnership, NGE Solutions Inc, and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology