GROWTH and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a shared model for peace and prosperity for both people and for the planet, now, and in the future. At its core are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call-to-action by all national and international actors in this global partnership.
Supporters and actors of the SDG’s recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, that reduce inequality and stimulate economic growth. The 17 objectives reflect an integral and indivisible approach at tackling poverty and provide a renewed platform for international collaboration. Together, they build a vision of the future that we want.
At GROWTH, we want to contribute to the achievement of these objectives, through the realization of efficient, inclusive and participatory community development projects. Our projects are always based upon the needs and decisions of the communities with which we work, and they are the ones who decide what objectives we are going to focus on. Fundamentally, GROWTH aims to collaborate in solidarity with communities to achieve the objectives that are of importance to us:
Our projects aim to, through the provision of quality water and sanitation infrastructure and through training workshops in good hygiene practices and good water usage (WASH), promote a healthy life and well-being for every member of the community.
Guarantee an inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all:
We believe in access to long-term quality and sustainable educational infrastructure that promotes an inclusive educational environment, where children from communities all over the world have the same opportunities and the same possibilities for growth.
At GROWTH, we try to implement solutions that guarantee water supply in communities that do not have this essential resource. In addition, we promote sanitation solutions in places where these facilities are not available, always ensuring that they are appropriate to the contexts in which we work.
One of the fundamental aspects in all of the projects that we develop, regardless of the nature of them, is the employment of local staff and of the community itself. We also include the training of community members in new trades, trying to support their long-term labour development.
All of our projects are based on the active participation of the communities in all decisions, from the planning of the project to the execution and follow-up. We promote projects that improve living conditions at the community level and that favour the development of safer, resilient and sustainable long-term settlements.
In addition to these main objectives, we promote other SDG’s in a cross-cutting manner in all of our projects, since we believe that these form the foundations in the development of our work. We attach great importance to SDG5 (Gender Equality), by empowering women through education in an inclusive and egalitarian environment, and SDG 17 (Alliances to achieve the objectives), by promoting participatory projects that strengthen alliances between the public sphere, the private sphere, NGO’s and the communities themselves. Finally, with all the actions we execute, we pursue SDG10 (Reduction of inequalities), trying to support the growth of the most disadvantaged communities and promoting their social inclusion, striving to achieve equal opportunities for everyone in the world.