Where to Start? Aligning Sustainable Development Goals with Citizen Priorities

"Based on new data gathered in 2014 and 2015 from across 32 African countries, unemployment and health top the list of problems that Africans want their governments to address. For increased government investment in key policy sectors, citizens’ top priorities are education and health care. Amid the variations in country-level and demographic-group priorities and emphases that policy actors must fully explore, two encouraging features stand out. First, the Africans interviewed express significant agreement on top priorities. Second, almost every problem has a substantial number – even if a small percentage – of citizens who consider it a top priority. Both of these facts can be starting points for progress toward achieving the challenging goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."