The Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals guide the development work we do. Our commitment towards achieving the goals in the areas where we work is strong, in addition to understanding the linkages between each goal and our programmes. Previous years have seen each of our Country teams strengthen their programmes focus to further include the UN SDG’s. As a foundation, we focus on the top 6 UN SDG’s to shape our strategy and to ensure we’re making the ultimate impact in the communities where we work.
Globally, more than 800 million people are still living on less than US$1.25 a day, many lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation. We're committed to eradicating poverty in the communities we support through the creation of greater economic opportunities.
The SDG's aim to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people, especially children, have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round. Through education we aim to enable the next generation to come out of the poverty cycle, while at the same time addressing issues around food wastage and nutrition.
More than 6 million children still die before their fifth birthday every year. On top of this, 16,000 children die each day from preventable diseases such as measles and tuberculosis. Through our Health Promotion programs we use education to raise awareness of health related issues and promote healthy lifestyles amongst communities.
Education is a fundamental human right and what we see as the key to development. It transforms lives by driving economic and social development, yet a staggering 617 million children and adolescents, nearly 60 per cent globally, have not mastered basic literacy or numeracy. For us, quality education is the key to eradicating poverty, and through our Education programmes we enable children and young people to fulfil their potential.
Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but is also crucial to improving and achieving international development. We use education as a means to drive greater gender equality in the communities we support and also believe that the female volunteers on our programs illustrate incredible leadership skills in inspiring the next generation of female leaders.
Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people around the world with an estimated 2.4 billion people not having access to basic sanitation services like toilets or latrines. We work to provide access to clean drinking water in the communities we support while improving sanitation and access to toilets, particularly for girls in all the schools we work with.
we are also shaped by...
Despite focusing our efforts and development programmes around the top 6 Sustainable Development Goals, we are also very much shaped by goals number 10, 13 and 17.
It is well documented that income inequality is on the rise, with the richest 10 percent earning up to 40 percent of total global income. Through all of our programs, we focus on creating greater economic opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged communities around the world.
The UN has singled out climate change as the biggest single threat to development. The impacts of climate change are even greater in developing and vulnerable communities. As an organisation we continue to strive to reduce our own climate footprint, whilst also running Education and Sustainability programmes with our partners.
The SDGs can only be realized with a strong commitment to global partnerships and cooperation. We rely on strong local partnerships to develop and implement all of our development programmes around the world.