Modeling Resource Allocation for the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals
Byomkesh Talukder, Planetary Health Research Fellow, with Simone Philpot and Keith W Hipel of the University of Waterloo, prepared these proceedings for the 20th International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation.
In 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Implementation of the SDGs faces political, social, economic, environmental and technological challenges. Moreover, each nation needs to translate and evaluate the SDG’s in relation to its own national context. As a budget is the most basic reflection of government plans and policies, it is essential to prioritize and evaluate the SDGs in the course of budgeting. To enhance this process, the authors propose and test a novel tool, merging multiple criteria decision analysis and values modeling. A case study in Bangladesh is then used to illustrate how this approach can support judicious decision-making for resource allocation. One outcome of this research is a framework and supporting software to aid decision-makers in allocating resources for SDGs within their national budgets. The results of this study will help decision-makers to strategically monitor and evaluate their SDG achievement.