Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & SDG7 in Puntland

The global development scene continues to experience huge challenges among them extreme poverty; inequality and injustice; and a changing climate that threatens all humanity whether in developed or less developed countries. Faced with this reality, the world came together in September 2015 and adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of the study on “Localizing SDGs in Somalia” was to generate information and knowledge that would contribute to an efficient process of localizing SDGs in Somalia. For this study, emphasis was placed on SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). SDG 7 was selected as the pilot goal because of the big challenges that Puntland and Somali faces in terms of access to energy on one hand and the big potential for developing renewable energy sources, particularly solar and wind power. The study was organized in three work areas: (i) Explore the environment, challenges and opportunities for localizing SDGs in Puntland; (ii) Generate data and information on the status of SDG 7 and provide the baseline for monitoring future progress on SDG7 in Puntland; and (iii) Based on the results of i and ii, localize SDG goal 7 with the aim of increasing use of solar power in Puntland.