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Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, are an intergovernmental set of 17 aspirational goals with 169 targets. They follow and expand on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were agreed upon by 189 countries in 2001 to eradicate poverty, hunger and inequality. The MDGs provided a focal point for governments – a framework around which they could develop policies designed to end poverty and improve the lives of people

India’s commitment to MDGs and now SDGs is critical in India’s development. The Prime Minister and the Government have expressed their commitment to the SDGs and have stressed the convergence between the SDGs and the country’s national development goals. The NITI Aayog has been tasked to lead the SDGs in the country. Given the federal Indian structure, and that most of the SDG goals are state subjects, it is critical that the state governments find coherence between SDGs and state policies and programmes so as to integrate them into the state plans and planning process.

NFI’s SDGs Project is proactively engaging with select state governments with an aim to enhance the coherence and integration of SDGs with state planning, budgeting and functioning. NFI is also engaging with civil society and media for community outreach on SDGs and to support and enhance the governments’ efforts on popularizing SDGs.

The SDGs Project has formalized collaboration with the Governments of Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. NFI has also made grants to civil society organizations for popularization of SDGs – Social Uplift Through Rural Action (SUTRA) in Himachal Pradesh; Centre for Rural Studies and Development (CRSD) in Andhra Pradesh; Samarthan – Centre for Development Support in Chhattisgarh; Institute for Sustainable Development and Governance (ISDG) in Kerala; and MYRADA in Karnataka

The activities of the project are:

  • Financial and Technical support to the state for achieving SDGs integration.
  • Supporting civil society dialogue and raising awareness among diverse stakeholders on SDGs
  • Extending the SDGs discourse to common citizens through civil society and media outreach.


As part of the financial and technical support offered to the states, NFI has established a core team on SDGs in the Governments of Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.

NFI Technical Advisers have conducted orientation workshops on ‘SDGs and their integration with state planning and budgeting’ with all Heads of Departments of the Governments of Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka, chaired by the Chief Secretaries of the states. With global and national indicators not finalized, NFI Technical Advisers have also provided guidance to the states on identifying indicators and data sources for monitoring state progress

NFI is supporting the process of developing and implementing government capacity building modules on SDGs. The process is being led in consultation with development practitioners and experts, and state academies and institutes of Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Chhattisgarh.

The radio series on SDGs in partnership with One World Foundation India, that is aired on Air FM Rainbow in Hindi every week has received hundreds of responses and feedback from Bihar, UP, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi/NCR, Goa, Uttarakhand, Assam, Haryana, Nagaland, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. The Social Media partnership with Youth Ki Awaaz has reached out to 12 million internet users on SDGs through 4 Twitter Chats, 20 articles on various themes of SDGs and other forms of social media engagement.

NFI continues to engage with NITI Aayog and Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) for key national processes related to SDGs.


Smt. Butta Renuka, Member of Parliament, addressing the Rayalaseema Regional Meeting on the implementation status of SDGs in Andhra Pradesh on 20th June, 2017 at Ambedkar Bhavan, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh.

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