Mapping Sectors/Sector Categories to SDGs

(Simon Obiero) #1

I’m trying to use IATI data to show how activities are implemented towards achieving the SDGs in Kenya. However, I have realized that a number of activities have not captured SDGs information though they have sectors and/or sector category information. Is there a mapping of Sectors/Sector Categories to SDGs or any other field that I can use to link activities to SDG(s) ?

(Matt Geddes) #2

Hi Simon,

I am not sure there is an ‘official’ one. I am guessing that most of the projects with sectors/sector categories but not SDG information are using OECD DAC CRS codes - and the OECD did make an attempt at mapping these to the SDGs, see here however the last thing I saw was that in 2018 they were planning an SDG field in the CRS database which suggests that their 2015 mapping wasn’t good enough for their needs - it may be for yours.

The other way is to figure out a mapping from the OECD DAC sectors to the national Medium Term Plan, as I belive there is a mapping in the MTP III (and also from National Statistics) to the SDGs done by the government which you could then use? There is a field in IATI for country budget item which would make this route very easy, but as far as I am aware, it is almost never used.

I guess all of this is easier if you just need a rough estimate and broad sectors but even then it is a lot of work. I hope that helps and it would be great to see what you come up with at the end.


(Matt Geddes) #3

Hi Simon,

I had another thought - many of the IATI projects you can find in epromis e.g. this report from the list of the left here and that would mean you could lookup which Ministry GoK thinks the project is under, and from there perhaps use the MTP which should have Ministry > SDGs?


(SJohns) #4

I’ve been asked this question a couple of times too as more organisations are now aligning their work with particular goals/indicators. Thanks @matmaxgeds for the info on Kenya. I wonder also how many organisations know that they can add the SDG goals/indicators as a second vocab option after adding the OECD DAC sector codes?

(Yohanna Loucheur) #5

Actually, the DAC recently agreed that SDG goals & targets should be used as tags, not sectors, in CRS+.

The good news is that there’s a tag-element in the IATI standard that can be used for this purpose as well. The bad news is that the SDG codes have not yet been added to the tag-element vocabulary codelist, so for the time being a vocabulary code 99 would have to be used for publishers wishing to align on the DAC CRS+ standard.