Sustainable Development Goals

We focus our efforts on communities and their build environments to tackle societal issues. We believe that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) offer a framework to guide our efforts for a better future.

Sustainable Cities
and Communities

As an organisation focused on building rights through our social matters approach, we believe that our contribution for a sustainable future is strongly allied with the SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). 

To contribute to the development of sustainable cities, we take our point of departure in communities, in all their shapes and sixes. We strongly believe that many small changes build up to the next big thing and our mission is to enable this change, highlighting the inter-relationality of people and the build environment.

How we do it?

We aim to empower local communities through capacity building, working as enablers of change and framing our work as fostering the local autonomy through building rights. Our strategy is for communities to be able to keep developing sustainable solutions after our involvement with them. Sustainable cities and communities do not only refer to mega-cities and highly urbanized areas, but it also addresses human settlements in all the possible scales, therefore we want to highlight the communities and their relevance towards achieving this goal.

We contribute towards the creation of sustainable and resilient communities through a participatory approach, seeking to co-define local issues and co-design innovative and low-cost solutions. We see this process as one of mutual learning and continuous adjustment, not only of the activities we develop locally but of the way our organization addresses and tackles new issues and contingencies. Our participatory approach, allows us to identify emerging issues which opens opportunities to address a wider range of SDGs, expanding our impact far beyond the limits of sustainable cities and communities.  

What are we doing in 2020?

Beyond our direct engagement with sustainable cities and communities, we have identified other key areas of intervention within the SDGs where our efforts overlap current areas of intervention of our projects: No Poverty (SDG 1), Quality education (SDG 4), Gender equality (SDG 5), Reduced inequalities (SDG 10), Climate action (SDG 13), Partnership for the goals (SDG 17).

Beyond a statement, we want to make sure that our projects have a positive impact in the communities where they are being implemented, while at the same time, answering to the SDGs. For this reason, we have committed to develop a baseline to start measuring not just the outputs of our projects, but also our outcomes and impacts associated to the SDGs.

No Poverty (SDG 1)

Our commitment is to build resilience in communities even within highly fragile contexts to end poverty in all its dimensions. 

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Quality Education (SDG 4)

We strongly believe in the value of education and knowledge for the creation of resilient and sustainable communities. 

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Gender Equality (SDG 5)

To build resilient communities everyone must be part of decision-making processes leading to this goal. 

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Reduced Inequalities
(SDG 10)

Since our beginning, our efforts have been focused on tilting the balance towards those who have been systematically excluded.

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Climate Action
(SDG 13)

Climate action is core to our efforts. We strive to work with locally sourced, low embodied energy and sustainable materials. 

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Partnership For The Goals (SDG 17)

The development and strengthening of partnerships to advance the SDGs is a transversal part of the efforts for a more sustainable future.

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