Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

In various travels that Mundoers have accomplished, we have seen all forms of transportation, infrastructure and communication technology. Some are advanced, others are decades behind while parts of the world still lack any of those same services and technologies that people enjoy in the developed world.

Facts and Figures from the United Nations include:
  • Quality infrastructure is positively related to the achievement of social, economic and political goals
  • 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
  • In developing countries, barely 30 per cent of agricultural production undergoes industrial processing. In high-income countries, 98 per cent is processed. This suggests that there are great opportunities for developing countries in agribusiness
  • Manufacturing is an important employer, accounting for around 470 million jobs worldwide in 2009 – or around 16 per cent of the world’s workforce of 2.9 billion. In 2013, it is estimated that there were more than half a billion jobs in manufacturing
In our visits and meetings with community members and local organizations worldwide, we have learned that developing technology and infrastructures such as - transportation, energy, communication and access to water - is a key factor in improving productivity and health situations of community members.  Isa Mundo Foundation continues to work with local organizations who are focusing on alternative energy and sustainable agricultural practices to improve conditions in their communities.

To learn more about Goal #9 click on the poster Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: Why it Matters.