The iSDG is a comprehensive simulation tool that generates country-specific development scenarios to show the implications of policy on a country’s progress towards the SDGs. The model’s interface allows users to chart potential progress toward each of the SDGs; evaluate synergies and trade-offs among proposed policies and strategies; and foresee their long-term impacts up to year 2050. It is easy to use and gives policy makers and analysts the capability to:
- Visualize how, under different scenarios, a country would progress towards each of the SDGs, highlighting specific areas for intervention or additional investment.
- Evaluate the likely benefits of proposed policies and strategies, and reduce and mitigate undesired long-term impacts (up to year 2050).
- Ensure policy coherence across areas of intervention, reveal synergies and trade-offs, and facilitate the alignment of SDG strategies with other national development plans.
- Define an efficient policy implementation schedule that facilitates high-impact results and helps monitor progress towards each of the SDG indicators.
- Produce results for SDG progress reports, outlining performance and challenges across the 17 goals.
The iSDG Core Model includes 30 sectors: 10 social sectors, 10 economic sectors, and 10 environmental sectors. The sectors interact with one another dynamically through a complex network of feedback loops. Unlike static SDG indicators databases and indexes that provide a measure of where a country is, the iSDG Model focuses on the interactions within the SDG system to reveal the best paths and progression towards achieving the SDGs.
The iSDG model builds on the Millennium Institute’s Threshold 21 model, a fully integrated multi-sector national planning model that has been used in over 40 countries with the support of development partners, including the UNDP. The iSDG model can be customized for any country or region with data sourced locally or from international databases.