Egypt’s ‘pioneering’ SDG mapping model replicable for the region’s development

  • Egypt shares its novel ODA-SDG mapping model to boost 2030 Sustainable Agenda progress globally
  • ODA-SDG mapping framework shows real-world impact of Egypt’s 377 ongoing sustainable development projects, worth more than $25 billion
  • HE Dr. Rania A Al-Mashat: ODA-SDG mapping, developed by Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation, can help countries measure effectiveness of SDG projects
  • European Investment Bank: ODA-SDG mapping model helps us to understand where we stand with SDGs at a government level
  • Egypt’s ODA-SDG mapping model ready for international adoption – Egypt’s UN Coordinator

Cairo, Egypt: Egypt’s pioneering model for mapping Official Development Assistance (ODA) with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be rolled-out to the region and beyond, the Egypt-International Cooperation Forum heard today (Egypt-ICF).

Opening the second day of the inaugural Egypt-ICF, H.E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, explained how the ODA-SDG mapping model can help better understand the real-world impact of sustainable development projects on citizens in developing economies across the world.

Underlining the importance of working with other countries to develop their own bespoke ODA-SDG mapping models, Al-Mashat said: “We will not be able to move forward unless we have strength and multilateralism.

“We need to be more inclusive, there needs to be predictability when it comes to financing and the importance of multilateralism to accelerate the [sustainable development] goals,” she said, outlining the integral role the ODA-SDG map can play in empowering developing economies.

In light of the Government of Egypt’s political will, the Ministry of International Cooperation is pushing towards inclusive and impactful engagement integrating the private sector and civil society.

“All the UN projects are being implemented through NGOs and civil society across Egypt. [The ODA-SDG model] offers a robust example of how we can align globally on the sustainability agenda because of its adoptability and scalability.”

Egypt’s ODA-SDG mapping exercise launched earlier this year showed how the country’s 377 ongoing development projects, worth more than $25 billion, were impacting its people and enabling its decision-making capabilities by highlighting opportunities and gaps in development cooperation, including financial and technical assistance.

The UN’s Resident Coordinator for Egypt, Elena Panova, said Egypt’s “pioneering” ODA-SDG mapping exercise carried out by the country on a national level could become a global practice and support the work done by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to map ODA worldwide.

“We believe [the mapping exercise conducted by the Ministry of International Cooperation] could be replicated in other countries,” Panova said at the Egypt-ICF on Thursday, during a workshop entitled, ‘Mapping ODA To SDGs: A Tool for Effective Policy Making’.

“The way forward could be that this methodology is being taken further by [other] countries [thus] complementing the OECD’s work,” Panova said.

Joining H.E. Al-Mashat and Panova for the opening session, Alfredo Abad, Head of Regional Representation, European Investment Bank (EIB), said the pathway set out by Egypt’s ODA-SDG map, “helps us to understand at a government level where we position ourselves.

“This is a very important tool to engage in dialogues with our partners. The challenge is to get accurate data and there are different ways of looking at the same things. But the approach of the Ministry of International Cooperation and the team is commendable. Integrating, including everybody, definitely this is the way.”

Echoing the positive sentiment around the novel mapping model, Marina Wes, Country Director, Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti, Middle East and North Africa, at the World Bank Group, said: “It’s incredibly important for future decision-making prioritization. It’s really pathbreaking to see the leadership taking on this. I want to emphasize the timeliness of this exercise, as many of us prepare new strategies to recover from the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, Walid Kamal, Country Manager, UNAIDS – Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, said achieving the SDGs will help overcome the HIV-AIDS epidemic. “After 40 years of efforts and work including different strategies and policies, I believe the SDGs are maybe the cornerstone for ending the HIV-AIDS epidemic, especially when we look at developing countries,” he said.

 About the Egypt – International Cooperation Forum:

The Egypt — International Cooperation Forum (Egypt — ICF) is a two-day global event that convenes the international community to drive a sustainable recovery through multilateralism.

Organized by Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation, the Forum is being held in Cairo, Egypt, between 8-9 September 2021 in a hybrid format – allowing both physical and virtual attendance.

The Egypt — ICF provides a unique global platform in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, to bring together international policymakers, multilateral and bilateral development partners, private sector stakeholders, civil society and think tanks to collaboratively reboot international cooperation through economic diplomacy in the post-pandemic era.

The Forum aims to foster a collective international commitment to accelerate the transition to a green and inclusive global recovery, catalyze social mobility in Africa and tackle climate change.

The Egypt — ICF is co-organized with leading international development institutions, including: the United Nations, the World Bank Group, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).