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This goal includes 12 targets to be achieved by 2030, with progress toward them to be measured against 23 indicators.This finding may seem counterintuitive, given Africa's reputation as a region beset by significant governance challenges, often exacerbated by crises.African governments played a pivotal role in advocating the adoption of a standalone SDG 16 with dedicated targets and indicators, in contrast to powerful U.N. member states that wanted to relegate issues of governance and peace to the preamble of the new global development agenda.First, Africa is demonstrating that the 12 targets comprising SDG 16 are measurable, and that national statistical offices can produce good data on access to justice, representation in public institutions, and political participation, for example. Since 2012, in fact, African statisticians have been testing a pilot approach to institutionalizing the production of official national survey data on governance, peace, and security. The success of this initiative reflects African policymakers' strong preference for national statistics based on citizens' experiences rather than international governance indicators that reflect "expert" views. Data on governance, like any other official statistics, are a public good and should be accessible to all.
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