Democracy and participation, Sustainable Development (economic, social, environmental)

A European Network for the Sustainable …


Who is behind this?

Claudia Schwegmann

Open Knowledge Foundation Germany


Who is joining forces?

Ziviler Friedensdienst e.V.




Open Knowledge

United Kingdom

The essence of the project is to bring together civil society organisations across Europe with social, environmental and economic expertise to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe based on specific indicators.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

This is the biggest promise ever made by our governments! In 2015 the United Nations agreed 17 global goals and 169 subgoals to make the world more just and more sustainable by 2030. All revelant issues are covered, from hunger to gender equality, from climate change to violent conflicts. Citizens and civil society around the world must use this opportunity to hold our governments to account. 2030 Watch is doing just this! With an open source online tool and a strong European network.

Where will your idea take place?

Office based in Berlin, collaboration across Europe

Why does Europe need your idea?

2030Watch brings together European civil society to build an an open source and open data tool to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDG) implementation all across Europe.The SDGs aim to make policies of Europ. governments coherent and to fight poverty, inequality, health challenges, climate change, environmental problems and poor governance until 2030. Until now there is no tool to monitor the SDG implementation.

What is your impact?

Civil society organisations in Europe join forces to monitor the implementation of the SDG implementation and to create a tool that allows every citizen to track progress of its government on the SDGs.

How do you get there?

We will continue to develop our network with civil society organisations in Europe to create data partnerships (“Datenpaten”). Our Data Partners have expertise in specific fields related to the SDGs. They help us develop indicators in their area of expertise and update the data annually. The Data Partners will be featured prominently on the 2030 Watch website and share the Webtool through their own network.

As a network we will have a robust set of indicators and data to monitor SDG implementation. A scientific advisory board will oversee the choice of indicators.

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) will continue to improve our website to become a high quality, well designed and easy to use open source tool for SDG monitoring. The tool can be copied and used free of charge.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We want the 2030-Watch tool to be useful for citizens and civil society organisations, parliamentarians and journalists - relevant groups to increase pressure on our governments to make the 2030 Vision of the United Nations come true!

What makes your idea stand apart?

Our "adopt-an-indicator" approach: Despite the existence of NGO networks, the collaboration between NGOs is often difficult due to budget constraints, time constraints and political differences. We do not seek an overall consensus among NGOs on the SDG agenda. Instead we invite individual expert NGOs from across Europe to take care of an indicator in their specific area of expertise. 2030-Watch gains from their expertise while the data godfathers gain in visibility.

€ 40000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 70000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Staff costs (research indicators, network with European partner organisations, further develop website and data visualisations: 51.000 € Webdesign: 5000 € International Event: 5000 € Travel costs: 5000 € Office costs : 4000 €

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Do you have knowledge and data on specific SDG goals or subgoals? We'd love to hear from you and work with you! Are you interested to replicate the website in your country - Feel free to use the code and the data that we collected! Do you want to know more - please do get in touch @2030WatchDe!


Claudia Schwegmann

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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