Review of Administrative Data Sets and Survey for Computation/SDG Indicators

Data Sets and Survey

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Review of Administrative Data Sets and Survey for Computation/SDG Indicators

June 19, 2024

Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan, with an area of more than 40 percent of the total area of Pakistan. Unfortunately, it is the poorest province and is not performing well as compared to other provinces. The province is performing not well in terms of macroeconomics and socio-economic indicators. The deteriorating status of Balochistan prevails despite the rich mineral resources at its disposal. The population growth rate and poverty in all dimensions are the highest among all provinces. The provincial share in the country’s GDP is merely 3 percent despite the rich resources and humongous area. 

As a responsible country, Pakistan vowed to play its role in adopting the 17 SDGs by passing a resolution in February 2016 through National Assembly. Although, there exists awareness and percipience regarding the SDGs both among the government officials and private organisations, the progress on the SDGs is however sluggish. Pakistan has hardly progressed by a little more than 2 percent  on the SDGs since 2015. One of the main reasons for soggy progress is insufficiency/lack of the data. For instance, according to a report published by the Federal SDG support unit in 2019, less than 10 percent of the SDG indicators’ data was available. The situation is much worse for provinces, particularly in the case of Balochistan. According to the Provincial SDG Framework for Balochistan, published in January 2021, merely 7 percent of the data was readily available. In addition, the accuracy of data is a primary step not only for devising policies, but it is important for monitoring the progress of the adopted policies.  

The solution to these issues rests in identifying the problems and treating the underlying problems with the right prescriptions. This can be figured-out by knowing the existing resources and socio-economic indicators. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve the purpose and this report aims to address the issue of unavailability of the SDGs indicators.