What is the evidence and why digital?

In a report produced by Deloitte and GeSI (Delivering a SMARTer 2030), it identified that of the 169 SDG targets, 103 are directly influenced by digital technologies, with established exampes of deployment that provide insight into their potential to make an impact.

Analysis of 20 targets and their indicators across the SDGs shows that the expected deployment of existing digital technologies will, on average, help accelerate progress by 22% and mitigate downward trends by 23%.

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To understand the impact of digital technology on the SDGs, the report sets out new findings for a selection of priority SDG targets. Bulding on currently observed impacts and expected adoption rates, the potential contribution of digital technologies is projected to 2030 and compared to a business as usual scenario in which the adoption of digital technology is held constant.


This report explores how digital technologies can be deployed to drive impact against the SDGs across four impact functions:

(i) Connect & Communicate

(ii) Monitor & Track

(iii) Analyse, Optimise & Predict

(iv) Augment & Autonomate

These impact functions have been used to articulate the key drivers that link the deployment of digital technology to impact on each SDG, all informed by real world examples.

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