Beyond SDGs: Creating a National Development Goals Database | Challenge Institute

Beyond SDGs: Creating a National Development Goals Database

The Challenge Institute/ is collaborating with UCL STEaPP and ODI to create a national development goals database.


Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), national development goals (NDGs) are not organised into a comprehensive database, nor are they necessarily monitored other than at the domestic level. Given the importance of the nation state as an entity in which many socio­technical issues arise and are resolved, the lack of organised information on national development goals seems like a significant omission. Many nations have national development plans, strategies or visions that take into account national conditions, priorities and ambitions. In some cases, national development plans and related documents such as poverty reduction strategies are easy to access, in other cases they are not. The NDGs database is being created to improve access to NDGs (i.e. the text stating what a country wants to achieve).


The NDGs Database has several objectives, consisting of.

  • allow users to quickly access to important national development goals
  • through information, help development organisations align projects with government goals
  • facilitate comparative studies of development goals between countries and with SDGs
  • supplement development data in the with context


The intended audience is anyone interested in national development.  This includes people from governments, business, civil society organisations, international organisations, research organisations as well as interested individuals.

Current activities

Current activities include: collecting overarching national development plans, strategies and visions then identifying the goals within these national development documents.  These goals are then entered into a table and classified in relation to relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets and indicators.  At the same time, the NDGs database is being developed along with a user interface, so people can find relevant NDGs.


The Challenge Institute/, is collaborating with University College London’s (UCL) Department of Science Technology and Public Policy (STEaPP) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to create a National Development Goals (NDGs) Database.  UCL STEaPP is funding a research intern to collect and compile national development goals from around the world, while ODI has provided sources for national development documents from around the world.  The Challenge Institute/ is contributing to the development of the database and user interface.

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