The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a critical opportunity to promote sustainable growth for all. 193 governments have committed to integrating the goals and targets into their own national development plans, establishing policies and programmes. Philanthropy, social finance and private capital can be part of collective mechanisms to achieve the SDGs, and there is rising partnership and collaboration to achieve goals.

Governments are primarily responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. Success of the SDGs depends on government’s ability to prompt transformative action and collaboration. A key challenge often preventing social investors from working in collaboration with public sector and the UN is complexity, including:

-        Lack of clarity on whether the investment is required in a country

-        Absence of information on the opportunities, including understanding of the philanthropic landscape in the country and potential partners

-        What are the processes in a country for SDG planning, implementation and monitoring

-        What are the participatory mechanisms and means for engagement for philanthropy and social investors so their contribution is recognized at each step

The SDG Philanthropy Platform, rooted in the UN system, is seeking to take in-country complex systems and processes for the planning, implementation and monitoring of SDGs, and make this available to social investors. We mapped key processes, stakeholders, and coordinating institutions through which philanthropy can get guidance on what it means to “invest in the SDGs”.

See our first maps for Kenya, Ghana, and Zambia 

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