Bridge 47 have released a publication on 'Indicators - The Need and Challenges of Tracking Implementation of Target 4.7', written by Johanna Helin.


A monitoring framework is required to see if we are on track to achieve this SDG Target 4.7. Within the SDG framework, indicators and statistical data are used mainly for policy and advocacy purposes: to monitor progress, inform policy and ensure accountability of stakeholders. A robust monitoring framework can also provide valuable in- sights for practitioners in the field to improve their work. Well-defined indicators give a better understanding of the concrete goal of our work and what types of evidence are required to assess whether we are meeting it. The way indicators are defined is fundamental in understanding the nature of the transformation needed within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thus, indicators also present an opportunity to reframe the Agenda in a new direction.

This paper investigates the existing and proposed indicators and monitoring frame- works for 4.7. Examining efforts at national, regional, and global levels will identify the main challenges in measurement initiatives. The paper will start by looking at the context of SDGs and the special character of Target 4.7. Thereafter, it will discuss the process and limitations of defining the indicators at the global level. It will also re- view regional developments, tools, and ideas for national and local level assessment frameworks in Asia-Pacific and Europe. The paper ends with conclusions and policy recommendations.

This publication is part of a series of publications commissioned to support advocacy for more space for Target 4.7 and Agenda 2030 in European and global policies. The publications are created to encourage discussion and represent the author’s view on the topic.