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Goal 9 - Industry, Innovation & 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

Our Data

Amount of people benefiting from business skills training

Worldwide Data


Basic infrastructure

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

Recent Highlights & Achievements