There are 10 years remaining to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every element of our society, economy and environment, making the SDGs more relevant than ever. As the world begins the process of recovery, the SDGs offer a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future by 2030.
The international development implementers (“Implementers”) are key to progressing the SDGs, alongside the private sector, governments, and other civil society actors. Implementers include for-profit and non-profit organizations, for example nongovernmental organizations, whose main role is to implement and consult on international development initiatives around the world. Implementers work closely with the vulnerable communities most in need of support and so are at the front-lines of driving impact for change.
In a recent survey of 98 member organizations of the Society for International Development – Washington Chapter, largely consisting of Implementers, only one-third of respondents indicated that their organization has a strategy to advance the SDGs through their programs and operations.