Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure.
Inclusive and sustainable industrial development is the primary source of income generation, allows for rapid and sustained increases in living standards for all people, and provides the technological solutions to environmentally sound industrialization.
Technological progress is the foundation of efforts to achieve environmental objectives, such as increased resource and energy-efficiency. Without technology and innovation, industrialization will not happen, and without industrialization, development will not happen.
How is it going?
So far, Sierra Leone is not receiving a passing grade for SDG 9 in the SDG Index and Dashboard Global Report. According to the World Bank, Sierra Leone´s infrastructure is rated 2.4 on a scale from 1-7 and R&D expenditures is 0% of the GDP. Only 2% of the population use the internet.