Strengthening countries’ performance on the SDGs increases their resilience to future shocks. This can be better achieved through the entrenchment of evaluation systems in organisational practice for the systematic conduct of SDG evaluations. Governments are ultimately responsible for progress towards achieving the SDGs over the next 9 years. Therefore, they need to be strategic in their recovery from COVID-19 and target their resources on the right needs. We argue that a full understanding of these needs requires the use of evidence-based and reliable information from evaluations.
Written by Mafalda Cunha, Caitlin Mapitsa and Hayat Askar (EVALSDGs COVID-19 Taskforce)