“The growing magnitude and complexity of socioeconomic problems facing societies throughout the world transcend the capacities of individual organizations and sectors to deal with them
Like many at the start of the pandemic, I found myself awake at night feeling insecure about the future. I had recently started a new
The journey has taught me two crucial lessons.
First, it is critical to understand the roots of the problem that you want to tackle.
Second, you must have in mind that a multi-partnerships approach will be essential to attaining your social change objectives.
I know nothing about return on investment.
I know we need to save the planet but have no idea how. I know what I am able to do in my personal life, recycling, buying organic and local, walking instead of driving etc., etc., I know how to fix plumbing, to a certain point… then I call the plumber. I know I will need a mason to access the leak behind the wall… When I go to my GP I usually get good advice – he’s a really good GP – then he sends me to a specialist.
When discussing partnership terms for each project, I tend to keep things general and fair for all parties. But I also have to consider the strengths of the partnering organization and the partner whom I’ll be talking with on a weekly if not daily basis.
World leaders came together under the United Nations Assembly and established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. This was a great milestone achievement which meant there was finally a call for everyone to start making a difference.
Taking a look at the Financial Industry, which is one of the largest industries globally, one is curious as to how much of a difference this specific industry has made by meeting those SDGs. . Sadly, after researching, the progress since 2015 has been mainly on GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Here’s a conundrum for you. What does a cold warehouse in a Dutch seaport, a captivating dance performance, and a room filled with strangers have to do with partnering for the SDGs?
Let me show you. In 2012, a guest speaker appeared at one of our coastal community management classes, with a tale that allowed me my first sneak peek into the magic formula that underpins partnerships with impact. This was a tale of trust, communication and thinking free of silos.
The Covid-19 pandemic, and the COVAX Facility have highlighted the increasing need for effective, sustainable partnerships. We have all become more familiar with new communication and collaboration platforms, but they are only a first step towards breaking down distance and misinterpretations. And they don’t guarantee the sovereignty of vulnerable communities, or the high principle of “localisation”…
Many people have said that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse progress made towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In the article “SDG17:
Impact17 believes that multisector partnerships that genuinely involve stakeholders are the most effective. We know that community engagement is not easy. However, it is vital
It’s a given that collaboration is a potent accelerator for progress, particularly when it comes to delivering change in solving other big global problems, such
Partnership is the new buzzword. All aspiring politicians, business tycoons, or institutional leaders must, at the very least, envelope their agenda in the soft language
Photo credit: Laura Eldon/Oxfam People always need to be at the centre of humanitarian response. They are not. That is not good enough. Imagine a