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Lack of updated data on national levels, which is necessary to enable efficient monitoring of progress, is one of the main challenges to implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa, an expert said on Wednesday.

Most data gathering systems in Africa still use traditional paper methods for data collection and rudimentary data processes that are inefficient and costly, said SDG monitoring and evaluation specialist Abigail Simkoko at the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A), when speaking at an international conference on SDG implementation in Africa running on June 12-14.

Government data are out of date by the time they are released, making it difficult for policymakers and other stakeholders to adequately plan and allocate adequate resources to achieve development targets, she added.

Only 96 out of 232 SDG indicators have data at national levels, according to her.

Participants will review and reflect on the first three years of SDG implementation in Africa at the conference, with two sessions on the first day focusing on national development banks’ role for accelerating SDGs and capacities for SDG monitoring and reporting. Enditem

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