25 October 2022

The Proof is in the Pudding – Revealing the SDGs with Artificial Intelligence


A growing number of Public Development Banks (PDBs) are integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their activities. However, the lack of a common methodology for SDG reporting prevents from assessing the progress made in addressing the financing gap to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The paper explores the possibility of using expert artificial intelligence (AI) methods to analyze systematically, robustly and in a unified way, PDBs activity and sustainability reports. We introduce the SDG Prospector, which uses a language model that is more effective than keyword approaches to detect SDGs in a text.