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How Global Goals Directory works

Global Goals Directory uses artificial intelligence to automatically identify local stakeholders and assess their contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals.

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    Discovery of local stakeholders

    The first step to mapping your local impact ecosystem is to get an overview over all the local stakeholders in your region. To do this, our AI model searches and extracts data from the commercial register and non-profit register to identify businesses, organisations, startups, associations, foundations, and other legal entities based in your region.

    Some of the most engaged stakeholders in an ecosystem may be small, bottom-up local initiatives that do not have a legal entity and do not appear in an official register. But if they have a website, there is a good chance that our AI will find it anyway: In addition to searching the official register, our model also performs an automated web search that can detect these smaller stakeholders.

    At the end of the discovery process, the AI will have compiled a dataset of the stakeholders in the region. This dataset contains the name, address, and website of every stakeholder. Depending on the size of the municipality, the dataset can feature between a thousand to tens of thousands of stakeholders.

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    Analysis of SDG contributions

    After compiling a list of local stakeholders, we need to understand if and how these stakeholders contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. For this, our AI model scans the website of every stakeholder and identifies SDG-related contents, projects and activities. The process is similar to a manual stakeholder mapping, but the AI allows us to be a hundred times faster.

    On each webpage the AI visits, it searches for SDG-related keywords and key phrases, such as 'climate strategy' (SDG 13) or 'reduce inequality' (SDG 10). Each of these keywords is associated with one of the SDGs. Our model consists of several thousand such keywords and key phrases, covering all 17 SDGs and all 169 targets.

    Finally, our AI brings together several criteria to determine whether or not a webpage is likely to constitute a contribution to the SDGs. These criteria include the number of keywords and key phrases found, the length of the text and the type of webpage.

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    Everything in one web platform

    The stakeholders and their associated SDG contributions are now accessible for you and your team on our Global Goals Directory platform, offering you a holistic 360° perspective on your impact ecosystem.

    The stakeholder directory and the interactive map provide an overview of all the identified stakeholders in your region, both those with an SDG contribution and those without. Using various filter and search functions, the stakeholder dataset can be narrowed down by specific SDGs, stakeholder types, sectors, or postal codes.

    For each stakeholder, the platform provides a detailed profile, including contact details, entity type, sector, address, and identified projects and activities related to the 17 SDGs. Every project and activity is linked to its source and tagged with relevant keywords, making it easy to dig deeper.

    The platform also provides features to help you understand ecosystem strengths and gaps. On the insights page, you will find statistics about how many stakeholders are contributing to each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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