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SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals


SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.


  • Official Development Assistance (ODA) stood at $149 billion in 2018. This represents a decrease of 2.7% in real terms since 2017.

  • 79% of imports from developing countries enter developed countries duty-free.

  • The debt burden on developing countries remains stable at about 3% of export revenue.

  • In 2018, 3.9 billion people had access to the internet – 80% were living in high income countries and 20% in lower income countries.

  • #TogetherWeAreStronger Partnership – “Together we are greater than the sum of our parts” - First coined by the philosopher Aristotle, this phrase aptly defines the modern concept of synergy. This time we want you to get together with your Covid partner/friend. Step 1 – Sit on the ground. Step 2 – Try to stand up without using your hands (both feet placed on the ground). Step 3 – With the support of your partner, back to back see if you can come to full standing. Share your videos on social media using the #TogetherWeAreStronger*

  • Whatever field you work in, try to find at least one partner from a completely different sector. Do you work in an NGO? Look around for local businesses which could partner with you. Are you a business? Think how you can contribute to society using expertise of local organizations. Do you represent the public sector? Identify your weak points and see which entity from other sectors can support you in achieving your goals.

  • Stop helping, start partnering. The moment you start to perceive people as partners and as not subjects who need to be helped, the whole perspective of collaboration changes. Our role as changemakers is to empower, give people space, tools, the belief that they can change their own world.

  • Say something nice to a stranger today. Get inspired by story of Barbara, who always sees good in people around and never hesitates to tell them about it.

More inspiration:

  • To read

Examples of changemakers who work with different sectors, creating effective partnerships:

  1. Zwolnieni z teorii, Poland – platform through which young people can plan and implement social projects, supported by big companies providing learning opportunities.

  2. Widzialna Ręka, Poland – mutual aid group which gathers citizens, organizations and companies to work together to help those impacted by the pandemic.

  3. Kanthari, India – training center which, with the support of various partners, prepares social changemakers to take actions in their own communities.

  • To watch

  1. SDG 17: Academic insights into partnerships for the goals.*

  2. “The reality is that Africa is being drained of resources by the rest of the world. It is losing far more each year than it is receiving. While $134 billion flows into the continent each year, predominantly in the form of loans, remittances, foreign investment and aid, $192 billion is taken out, mainly in profits made by foreign companies, tax dodging and the costs of adapting to climate change.” Watch this video to understand more.

For more info about other SDGs, have a look here.

* These information and calls to action come from the fantastic Development Perspectives material about SDGs. Have a look here to discover more.

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