SustainAbility has been working with Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) company, to investigate how investment in ICT can affect countries’ performance on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This collaboration resulted in two reports – the globally-focused Huawei ICT Sustainable Development Goals Benchmark, and the European-focused EU ICT-Sustainable Development Goals Benchmark.
In both of these reports, analysis showed that there is a relationship between a country delivering on the SDGs and its performance on ICT.
Progress on certain SDGs, such as Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation (SDG 9), Quality Education (SDG 4) and Good Health & Well-being (SDG 3) showed a stronger relationship with ICT, suggesting these areas hold the greatest potential to leverage ICT for sustainable development.
Analysis also showed that Gross Domestic Product per capita is an important factor in determining which countries perform well on both SDGs and ICT, although there are outliers that indicate that the relationship depends less on the availability of resources and more on how the resources are implemented.
SustainAbility’s collaboration with Huawei continues in 2018 with a focus on a second iteration of the globally-focused Huawei ICT Sustainable Development Goals Benchmark. This iteration will expand the list of countries from 15 to 50 to enable a more detailed assessment, while at the same time bringing the benchmark in line to focus on the same 50 countries as is included in Huawei’s Global Connectivity Index.