Engaging Citizens for Sustainable Development: A Data Perspective – Making the Global Agenda the Citizens’ Agenda considers the case of the engagement of citizens and community-level actors within the United Nations sustainable development agenda, also known as the Global Agenda. As primary agents of their development and the ultimate beneficiaries of the Sustainable Development Goals, citizens have a pivotal role to play not only in terms of the effort and action towards the achievement of the goals but also in terms of the associated monitoring of the progress towards these goals. This report presents findings of case study research exploring the dynamics of participation and engagement of citizens within the Global Agenda, highlighting issues of data marginalization and exclusion, the case for community-driven indicators and community-based monitoring systems, data ownership and sharing, as well as citizen-centric data valorization.
This report is produced from research that is undertaken at the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS), within the Small Data Lab. It provides a policy-relevant digest and an overview of the research and frames the findings for practitioners and stakeholders working on programs that advance the Sustainable Development Goals agenda, especially, at sub-national and community levels.