SDG11 Data

Counting the Costs City Data



This dataset contains city data for five countries—Bolivia, Colombia, India, Malaysia, and Sweden—used in our Counting the Costs report to quantify the city-level costs for urban areas to achieve SDG11.

Official Citation

Prakash, M., Kamiya, M., Cheng, M., & S. Schaedel. 2020. Counting the Costs. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary.

Date Published

February 10, 2020

Full Description

Counting the Costs is a first-of-its-kind attempt to determine the city-level costs for urban areas to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, the UN’s global goal for inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities.

AidData has partnered with the Municipal Finance and Urban Economy branch of UN-Habitat, the UN’s agency for human settlement, to conduct a pilot study of the new methodology in cities across five countries—Bolivia, Colombia, India, Malaysia, and Sweden—that are representative of developed and developing contexts. In this report, we outline our reproducible methodology to systematically quantify the costs for cities of achieving SDG 11 across five thematic areas—housing, transportation, waste management, public spaces, and governance—and provide country briefs with our methodology's results for each country. This dataset contains the data used in our Counting the Costs methodology. In the next phase of our work, we hope to refine and scale the methodology to include other thematic areas and develop decision support tools that help cities maximize their resource allocation.

Funding: We thank the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) who provided seed capital to conduct the first phase of our research.

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