By Chris Castro
To achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) by 2030, there needs to be more focus on how best practices from local action can be scaled to meet country level goals.
For the last decade, IDEAS For Us (IDEAS) has built a presence on campuses and communities around the world to develop projects, fund local action, and scale solutions that address the socio-environmental challenges of specific populations.
The Solutions Fund is a micro-granting program that has helped advance Sustainable Development Goal 17. It utilizes citizen-led, local action as a means of generating valuable statistically significant data. This helps guide the way for larger projects needed to achieve the remaining 16 SDGs worldwide.
Our micro-granting program was developed in 2015. Its purpose is to help our grassroots network of volunteers, the majority of which are in the global South, advance sustainable development through local action.
To achieve this, The Solutions Fund allows individuals and institutions that aim to address one or many of the SDGs to apply for technical and financial support from IDEAS. We have seen potential to generate sustainable development data by fostering this program. It is our hope that we will continue to implement projects that can help bridge the data-gap between local action with country level and international targets and indicators for the SDGs.
Advancing the SDGs Through Hyper-Local Community Action
By having data that contributes to an economic understanding of sustainable development, we can determine what initiatives show potential for being scaled nationally or internationally and which initiatives are best left addressing the SGDs locally.
Local solutions to our greatest problems exist today, but barriers for collaboration and funding prevent them from being scaled globally.
These solutions need new notions of partnerships and projects among individuals, governments, businesses, and grassroot partners. Developing transcendental partnerships will bring together a wide variety of stakeholders and their best practices into successful actions on a global scale. We must also view our projects through a holistic lens, recognizing and embracing the interdependency of each SDG and how our initiatives focused on one particular goal helps to achieve all of our Global Goals.