As detailed in the joint CESR and Christian Aid publication, A Post-2015 Fiscal Revolution, issued in May 2014, the achievement of the SDGs will depend to a large degree on whether governments ensure sufficient, equitable and accountable financing, as is their human rights duty. Properly measuring to what degree they are doing so—through an innovative and holistic indicator framework—is essential to uncovering concealed patterns of fiscal abuse, driving participatory and knowledge-based fiscal policy-making and holding public and private actors to account to their human rights and sustainable development commitments. Such an approach will help in monitoring not only the achievement of the goals and targets themselves, but also the means by which they are being implemented and financed.
Drawing on the findings from our 2014 publication, the same organizations have launched a new paper to assess the “List of proposed preliminary indicators,” developed by the UN Statistical Commission in February 2015, and propose a series of relevant indicators related to Sustainable Development Goals 10, 16 and 17. The paper outlines where some methodologies, tools and data sources necessary are already available in some form, and where focus needs to be on collective efforts and imagination to find innovative ways to assess progress in these crucial areas for social justice, human rights realization and sustainable development. As the post-2015 debate moves swiftly from deciding sustainable development goals and targets toward developing a set of indicators to measure the achievement of these goals, the
Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and Christian Aid believe that a human rights-aligned fiscal data revolution is essential to expose the hidden injustices buried in the way resource-related policies are conducted, and who truly benefits from them. Read full paper