SDG Credit for Model Initiatives, their Outcomes and Lessons

We are using Ghana, Kenya and Mauritius as model countries to track and assess homegrown concepts and initiatives that may impact on the SDGs attainment.

We also analyze special initiatives by any African country to highlight good steps toward achieving the SDGs in Africa.

Our assessment framework encompasses the project cycle elements in determining extent to which the special initiatives are relevant, effective, efficient, innovative, sustainable and well-resourced, based on the set of unique questions formulated by our team of seasoned development and finance experts. Our analyses aim to help build the institutional environment, focusing on policy and regulatory reforms in order that these special initiatives break the circle of poverty and unleash human development on a continuum. As such, our framework includes the nature and scale of human and investment capital mobilization from within the Africa region for implementation and sustainability.

Our advisory services entail packaging the outcomes of the assessments into forward looking and easily digestible briefs for policy and decision makers, businesses (all scales, including the informal sector), and beneficiary communities and individuals to apply the lessons and forecasts to improve their plans and activities.



At SDG Africa Network, we:

  • Use model countries and/or their initiatives to track homegrown concepts and institutional arrangements that translate them into policies, which are backed by effective regulatory environments, and mobilization of human and investment capital for implementation.
  • Track, monitor and report on implementation progress and outcomes.
  • Share information on positive trends and actions through our networks of practitioners across the Africa region.
  • Aggregate data and information on the SDGs in Africa
  • Identify opportunities and analyze perspectives for investors and businesses, communities and civil society organizations.
  • Serve as a learning resource for academia.
  • Showcase actions of the informal sector and communities for sustaining their own development outcomes.


Some of the socio-economic development initiatives by the Ghanaian Government, which the SDG Africa Network considers as potentially impacting the country’s attainment of the SDGs:

  • Free Senior High School (also launched by the Government of Kenya)
  • Planting for Food
  • Slum (Zongo) Development
  • One District One Factory (1D1F)
  • One Village One Dam in some administrative regions
  • $1million for each Electoral Constituency per annum
  • Reducing Taxes, Import Duties and Utility Rates: Lowering VAT from 17.5% to 3% for SMEs; Reducing Corporate Taxes from 25% to 12.5%; Reduction in utility rates; Lowering Import Duties on Raw Materials
  • Election of District Chief Executives
  • Environmental Management - Cleaning Rivers and Reclaiming Lands Polluted by Artisanal and Illegal Mining Known Locally as Galamsey
  • Sanitation Project
  • Operation Get off the Street
  • Rail Transport from Coast to the Northern Frontier



Some of the key steps in our analysis

Government officials discuss the types of instruments being deployed for capitalizing actions toward the SDGs, who manages them, and how the instruments can be accessed by elements of the economy – businesses (SMEs and informal sectors), communities, women and youth.


We interview decision makers and political leaders to highlight their approaches to fostering the enabling environment for achieving the SDGs, pointing to actions taken by the government through specific initiatives and the associated policies, regulations and monitoring.

We analyze these initiatives based on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, innovation and sustainability.

Representatives of private sector, United Nations and development institutions (bilateral and multilateral) bring in cases from other countries.

Academics, women, youth, religious leaders and community actors respond, addressing issues such as organizing for accountability advocacy; establishing networks and the environment for social actions, especially to ensure that ideas filter into the initiative and outcomes can be tracked; examples of good cases of advocacy on accountability; approaches for creating and leveraging champions

Building capacity, grassroots support and ensuring inclusion, not forgetting that majority of Africans whose voices can amplify actions of the elite are not included in major schemes.

Discussions will include providing the means for the millions of Africans - who are artisans and engaged in micro-enterprises but are not linked to the value chains of the formal sector – to be integrated into instruments of the special initiatives.

Moving on from here: Who should be involved? What will be needed to move to the next step? How will progress be monitored?



Ghana has launched a number of initiatives targeting key sub-sectors and issues that are at the heart of socio-economic development. SDG Africa Network sees these and similar initiatives as the Ghana’s own approach to tackling issues relevant to the SDGs. SDG Africa Network will apply its analytical tools and frameworks in support of these relevant initiatives in the following ways: compare Ghana’s initiatives to similar actions by other model African countries, connect potential beneficiaries to the projects, monitor their implementation, provide advisory services, and share lessons learned.

We look at inputs or the types of instruments being deployed for capitalizing actions toward the SDGs, who manages them, and how these instruments can be accessed by elements of the economy – businesses (large, medium, small and informal sectors), communities, women and youth. Contact us for the analytical approach that we apply to these initiatives.


About us

SDG Africa Network is an independent, non-governmenal resource center, which is being operated by a team of experienced development finance experts on African-grown innovations toward achieving inclusive development outcomes.


Our People

We have a team of core experts with deep and rich experience in development finance and project management across the African continent...