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Social Development Goals (SDGs)
What are the Social Development Goals (SDGs)?
These are the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, to make the world a better place in 2030, as written by the United Nations (UN) in their proposal for a new global agenda. The first and most important goal is the eradication of extreme poverty, which is the biggest challenge of this time according to the UN. Besides this there are goals in healthcare, education and clean water, but also goals in terms of sustainable energy, lower inequality and fighting climate change.

The SDGs follow after the 8 millennium goals that were formulated in 2000 and ended in 2015. From January 2016 the SDGs were officially introduced. Many stakeholders are important in achieving the SDGs: governments, NGOs, civilians, companies and knowledge institutions to name a few.

The picture below shows all seventeen development goals.
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How does Rhiza contribute in achieving the SDGs?

Rhiza is contributing towards achieving numerous of the SDGs. In fact, there are more SDGs on which Rhiza actively contributes than SDGs where Rhiza has limited to no impact, because of the holistic model that Rhiza uses. The SDGs that Rhiza impacts are shown below.

Click on one of the SDGs below for more information regarding how we impact this SDG.
1 No poverty: all Rhiza projects are aimed to create self-sustainable communities, usually through a combination of projects regarding education, healthcare, skills development and enterprise development. Self-sustainability goes hand in hand with poverty eradication.
2 Zero hunger: even though we usually do not directly feed the hungry by providing them with food, this is an integral part of the benefits of self-sustainability. Once this is achieved, communities are capable of providing for their own food.
3 Good health and well-being: with our clinics we offer services regarding healthcare and we impact the health of many individuals within underprivileged communities through these services.
4 Quality education: with our (mainly) early childhood development (ECD) schools we offer education where this is most needed. In South Africa there are government primary, secondary and tertiary schools, but ECD-, or preschools are very informal and many children do not attend them because it is not mandatory. Moreover, because children only go to primary school from the age of seven, they will fall behind in terms of development even before their education starts.
5 Gender equality: many of our projects are primarily aimed at women. For example, many clinics are primarily aimed at mother- and childcare, because the (sexual) position of women can be fragile in the townships. By family planning services such as sexual education, but also providing for contraceptives and providing advice before and after pregnancy with ultrasound and pedagogic advise we help women where this help would otherwise would not be available. Moreover we support women through our skills- and enterprise development projects, for example regarding our fashion & design training and our small-scale farming project where we provide access to starting capital, land and agricultural recourses.
7 Affordable and clean energy: whenever possible we implement sustainability in our projects. For example, we are working on a partnership to use solar panels to provide for the energy demand of a part of our projects and a part of the township of Diepsloot.
8 Decent work and economic growth: with all of our projects we offer the communities better chances on the labour market. Through education the chances for a future job increase. Through healthcare general productivity increases and therefore also the chances for a job. Through our skills development trainings the beneficiaries are trained in a skills that fits demand of a certain job. With enterprise development we develop jobs where these were not present before. Through these projects we have developed a model that develops the communities “from cradle to career”.
10 Reduced inequalities: South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in terms of income inequality. Because we aim only at the underprivileged communities, usually living in the townships, we decrease inequality by offering the underprivileged opportunities to develop and become self-sustainable.
11 Sustainable cities and communities: especially in the townships the number of people per square meter is enormous and the sustainability of these densely populated areas are a big issue. Whenever possible we implement sustainability in our projects. For example, we are working on a partnership to use solar panels to provide for the energy demand of a part of our projects and a part of the township of Diepsloot.
12 Responsible consumption and production: in SDG 7 and 11 we explained how we work regarding responsible energy consumption. Besides this we implement in our small scale farms sustainable solutions such as sustainable aquaponics.
17 Partnerships for the goals: because we are not able to reach the SDGs alone, we are actively searching for opportunities to partner up. We work together with Afrika Tikun in South Africa, a NGO that has been appraised by Nelson Mandela himself. Besides this, we work together with the Wild Geese Foundation through, among others, the change the game academy program. This enables us better to provide other NGOs with advise regarding “mobilising support” and “local fundraising”. For more information on this, please refer to: https://www.changethegameacademy.org/.
Like to know more?
These links provide for more information regarding the SDGs.
https://www.sdgnederland.nl/sdgs/
https://www.osresultaten.nl/sdg
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Joost through +31(0) 6 39 53 24 86 or j.meulenberg@rhiza.nl.