Social Good Summit Lagos 2018: Bridging The Gap Through Partnerships

Social Good Summit Lagos 2018: Bridging The Gap Through Partnerships

The Social Good Summit Lagos 2018 largely focused on the power and importance of collaborations and partnerships, especially in reaching the 2030 goals that have been set.

As one person or one organization cannot carry the burden of making progressive change and impact on their own, communities and networks have become an indispensable necessity, partnerships and collaborations have also formed an integral part of the system in meeting goals and objectives, set by the United Nations and other bodies that are pushing for a better world.

After highlighting the first 16 goals for sustainable development that centered on pressing needs, there was a need for a final goal in order to make sure the previously set goals are achievable; Partnership For Goals.

According to the United Nations, “A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the center, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.”

On the 7th of September, 2018, Social Good Summit Lagos, brought together all of these stakeholders to one place, to share ideas, deliberate, converse, network and to trigger a country that according to reports is about 40 years behind in achieving the set development goals.

In his welcome address, one of the co-founders of Social Good Lagos, Mr Abraham Ologundudu said, “the sustainable development goals is the people’s goal, and at SocialGood Lagos, we are passionate about localising the global agenda in Lagos because of the huge potential and position of the city in sub-Saharan Africa and the continent at large.”

He further added that, “the beauty of the Social Good Summit is not so much about the fancy nature of the events but about inspiring individuals to take action towards the SDGs”.

Every one of these individuals, working towards their individual goals can go a step further by including partnerships and then we just might be able to cut short how far behind we are as a nation.

With the advent of the new media, conversations have become instant, networks have become even more accessible, and partnerships are available if you can do your part by searching for them.

We will need to mobilize both existing and additional resources—technology development, financial resources, capacity building— and developed countries will need to fulfill their official development assistance commitments.

Multistakeholder partnerships will be crucial to leverage the inter-linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals to enhance their effectiveness and impact and accelerate progress in achieving the Goals.

In simple terms, We Are In This Together.

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Temitope Durotoye is a Digital Leader, Teens' Coach and Self Discovery Enthusiast. He is a Content Developer at Social Good Lagos. He is passionate about making a difference in the world.

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