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2019 Africa SDG Index & Dashboards

Country-level data from 2019 Africa SDG Index & Dashboards

Project History

Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all member states of the United-Nations in 2015, describe a universal agenda that applies to and must be implemented by all countries. Sound metrics and data are critical for turning the SDGs into practical tools for problem solving.

The SDG Index and Dashboards Report is the first worldwide study to assess where each country stands with regard to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unlike its predecessor the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs set standards not only for emerging and developing countries, but also for the industrialized nations. Governments and civil society alike can utilize the SDG Index and Dashboards Report to identify priorities for action, understand key implementation challenges, track progress, ensure accountability, and identify gaps that must be closed in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

Report Description

The 2019 Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report is a call for action not only to meet the SDGs but also to ensure timely and high-quality data on SDG indicators. The report focuses on the efforts that African governments are taking to incorporate the SDGs into their national strategies, budgets, public engagements, and coordination among branches of government. Governments have a unique and central role to play in achieving the UN’s Agenda 2030 as well as Africa’s own Agenda 2063, which will continue beyond the SDG timeline. While good governance is a Sustainable Development Goal in its own right (SDG 16), the active role of government is instrumental to every other SDG as well.

The 2019 report ranks 52 African countries based on 97 indicators across all 17 goals. Seychelles and Libya are excluded due to insufficient data coverage. The SDG Index score signifies a country’s position between the worst (0) and best (100) outcomes. Mauritius tops this year’s ranking with a score of 66.19, meaning that the country is 66% of the way towards achieving the SDGs, according to our methodology

While the 2018 report included only 11 countries in the preliminary analysis of SDG implementation, this report includes all 54 African countries.

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The data is available in Excel or Stata format.

  1. Data from 2019 Africa SDG Index & Dashboards, available in Excel


Lead writers are Eve de la Mothe Karoubi, Olive Dushime, Grayson Fuller, Enock Nyorekwa Twinoburyo, Abigail Simkoko, and Gary Verburg. Belay Begashaw and Guido Schmidt-Traub supervised the project.

The report should be cited as follows: SDG Center for Africa and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (2019): Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2019. Kigali and New York: SDG Center for Africa and Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Publication design and layout by Pica Publishing.


Please notify us about any publications that result from the use of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report and data by sending your bibliographic citation to and including information on your publication.

If you have questions, please contact SDSN at

The views expressed in this report do not reflect the views of any organization, agency or program of the United Nations. It has been prepared by a team of independent experts from the SDG Center for Africa and the SDSN Secretariat.

The maps in this report are for illustrative purposes only. The boundaries and names shown do not imply official endorsement or acceptance.


Data for the 2019 Africa SDG Index & Dashboards



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