Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 9 is focused on building resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation. In order to make this a reality investments have to be made in infrastructure to achieve sustainable development in communities. Infrastructre comprises of anything from irrigation systems, transport, communication technology and energy resources.
Productive communities require well planned, sustainable infrastructures. The same is true when it comes to health and education, certain infrastructure elements need to be in place to ensure and sustain healthy, educated communities.
Technological progress is vital in this process and can mobilize and contribute to increased resource and energy-efficiency. As the United Nations states on their Sustainable Development website, Without technology and innovation, industrialization will not happen, and without industrialization, development will not happen.
An Introduction to Goal 9
Written and created by our team in Cape Town, South Africa
Amount of people benefiting from business skills training
like roads, information and communication technologies, sanitation, electrical power and water remains scarce in many developing countries
About 2.6 billion people
in the developing world are facing difficulties in accessing electricity full time
2.5 billion people worldwide
lack access to basic sanitation and almost 800 million people lack access to water, many hundreds of millions of them in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia
1-1.5 billion people
do not have access to reliable phone services
For many African countries,
particularly the lower-income countries, the existent constraints regarding infrastructure affect firm productivity by around 40 per cent
Least developed countries
have immense potential for industrialization in food and beverages (agro-industry), and textiles and garments, with good prospects for sustained employment generation and higher productivity
Our Related UN Target
Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries,
to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets