The 2030 Agenda Transformation Fund supports the efforts of partner countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with innovative activities, creating new impetus for the required transformation. As part of the 2030 Implementation Initiative, the Fund aims at supporting short-term and small-scale projects to foster the implementation of the Agenda.
By the end of July 2018, over 200 projects submitted their application for the 2030 Agenda Transformation Fund. Overall, applications from 63 countries were handed in, mainly by NGOs. The large number of applications underlines the strong interest of partner countries in accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The Steering Committee assessed the applications based on defined criteria such as the project goals, their contribution to the 2030 Agenda as well as the expected results (click here to see the full list of application criteria). Out of all of the applications, the following projects were selected for funding by the 2030 Agenda Transformation Fund.

Strengthening partnerships for the effective implementation of the Agenda 2030 in East Africa

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)

Implementing the 2030 Agenda requires a comprehensive approach in multiple areas and sectors. Ministries have to coordinate their actions, civil society has to be involved in the review process and citizens need to be aware of the SDGs. Therefore, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) aims at aligning national plans and policies with the 2030 Agenda by ensuring that ministries responsible for the SDG implementation coordinate their actions.
With the 2030 Agenda Transformation Fund, the project „Strengthening partnerships for the effective implementation of the Agenda 2030“ will strengthen partnerships between key stakeholders, including community groups, NGOs, policy makers and line ministries. The project will raise the awareness of the 2030 Agenda so that civil society and other relevant stakeholders can play a greater role in implementing it.
The implementing organisation PACJA is a coalition of civil society organisations whose goal is to mobilise and empower African civil society to ensure realisation of environmental and climate justice for all people in Africa. Together with Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD), PACJA will facilitate workshops in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and develop VNR Citizens Reports for each country.

Upscaling Citizen-Generated Data for SDG monitoring and implementation in capital and intermediate cities in Ecuador

Fundación para el Avance de las Reformas y Oportunidades (Grupo FARO)

In 2018, Ecuador presented its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the SDGs. However, like many other countries, Ecuador is facing various challenges in the 2030 Agenda implementation process. The non-governmental organisation “Fundación para el Avance de las Reformas y Oportunidades (Grupo FARO)” wants to overcome implementation challenges with the project „Upscaling Citizen-Generated Data for SDG monitoring and implementation in capital and intermediate cities“. The project builds on the previous work of the foundation in the “ODS Territorio Ecuador” Initiative, implemented in partnership with the “Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano” (FFLA), and aims at enabling civil society to shape an informed public debate on the SDGs.
The implementing organisation FARO is a think tank and action centre that promotes practices for social transformation and innovation. FARO intends to positively impact SDG monitoring and implementation through empowerment and awareness raising on sub-national and national levels. Together with the Ecuadorian-German development cooperation programme “Sustainable Intermediate Cities”, implemented by GIZ Ecuador, the “Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano” (FFLA) and the „Instituto de Investigación Geológico y Energético“ (IIGE), Grupo FARO will develop a toolbox on citizen-generated data collection methods and a digital, interactive platform allowing citizens to visualise, publish, and make use of the collected data in open data formats.

One hundred hotspots: Snapshots of excluded communities
and SDGs in India

Human Rights Advocacy & Research Foundation (HRF)

In India, as in many other countries, the data used for monitoring and reviewing the SDGs is based on aggregated data, which means that information about certain groups is hidden. Within the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, it is important that all groups of society are targeted and that those who are socially excluded and marginalised are not left behind. Accurate data is needed to better reflect the needs of vulnerable population groups and to enable interventions specifically designed for them. With accurate and disaggregated data, it is possible to make a differentiation according to caste, ethnicity, gender, age, people with disabilities and sexual orientation.
Therefore, the Human Rights Advocacy & Research Foundation (HRF) aims at preparing an SDG status report of the socially excluded communities in India and submitting this report to the government. The HRF is a non-governmental institution working at the regional level for the promotion and protection of human rights. The foundation works together with the “Wada Na Todo Abhiyan” (WNTA) and the “Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion” (CSEI). With the project “One hundred hotspots: Snapshots of excluded communities and SDGs in India” the foundation contributes to evidence-based policy making and to the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda in India.

Governments for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG4SDGs)
in Kosovo

Institute for Development Policy (INDEP)

In January (2018), the Parliament of the Republic of Kosovo adopted the Resolution on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), followed by the inauguration of the Council for Sustainable Development in October. However, despite developments at the central level, sustainable development remains a relatively distant concept to policy makers at the local level. In order to strengthen actions for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the local level needs to be more involved. Therefore, the Institute for Development Policy (INDEP) intends to foster and coordinate a civil society and (local) government cooperation towards the advancement and institutionalisation of the 2030 Agenda with the ultimate aim to define measurable parameters to evaluate local progress in terms of achieving the SDGs.
With the 2030 Transformation Fund, INDEP will facilitate workshops with seven municipalities to produce seven local action plans containing practical and measurable actions for municipalities. These local development plans will be aligned with the national development plan and the 2030 Agenda. INDEP has been working with the Kosovan Parliament for many years and uses this growing form of cooperation for the project. Before facilitating the workshops, best practices for involving local politicians will be identified and effective public SDG communication strategies will be developed.

Decentralisation and the 2030 Agenda:
The pilot of Oaxaca in Mexico

The State Government of Oaxaca

The state of Oaxaca (Mexico), which includes 570 communities, has very high rates of social exclusion, inequalities and poverty when compared to other Mexican states. In order to achieve the SDGs, all regions need to take action – especially those who are lagging behind. Therefore, the state government of Oaxaca and GIZ Mexico, in close cooperation with local governments, will promote the local implementation of the 2030 Agenda by adapting local development plans and management mechanisms to the SDGs.
The project „Decentralisation and the 2030 Agenda: The pilot of Oaxaca“ will take action in order to achieve the SDGs at the local level, which is one of the priorities of the Mexican government. The project aims at creating a framework for sustainable, local development plans in Oaxaca. In order to review the achievement of the SDGs and the use of the financial resources needed, a monitoring platform will be established. At the same time, the Government of Oaxaca will develop innovative approaches for sustainable financial mechanisms. The project will be carried out with the technical 2030 Agenda Committee of the state of Oaxaca in close collaboration with 10 selected municipalities.

Niger 2.0

Agence Nationale pour la Société de l’Information (ANSI)

The Republic of Niger, with a young population living mostly in rural and remote areas, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Achieving the SDGs is a demanding task that requires the efforts of multiple actors and new smart solutions. With the project „Niger 2.0“ the Agence Nationale pour la Société de l’Information (ANSI) aims at improving internet access in rural areas of Niger and expanding digital services in the health, education, agriculture, finance and commerce sector.
The Agence Nationale pour la Société de l’Information is an agency that the Nigerien government established to foster the development of digital technologies in order to modernise the economy, improve governance and strengthen digital programs. The „Niger 2.0 smart villages project“ addresses development challenges while promoting digital transformation in the country. With these digital solutions, marginalised groups – the elderly, the disabled and those living in remote areas – will not be left behind. With the 2030 Agenda Transformation Fund, the project aims at establishing key strategic partnerships that can accelerate the implementation of Niger 2.0. In order to do so, ANSI will set up a technology pilot with a technology provider. The aim is to implement smart technology solutions in a smart village and to develop tailored best practices as an output.

Urban challenges and Opportunities in the MENA/Arab Region: From SDGs to Urban Practice – Localizing SDGs in Urban Egypt

Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) & TU Berlin El Gouna Campus & GIZ Participatory Infrastructure Project (PIP)

The fast-paced urbanisation in the countries of the MENA/Arab region (Middle East & North Africa) is putting urban spaces under pressure. New solutions and innovations are needed to address challenges and seize opportunities for the SDG implementation, especially regarding SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities.
For the first time in Egypt and North Africa, the Department of Urban Development at the University of Technology Berlin – El Gouna Campus is organising an integrative Urban Thinkers Campus covering urban issues in the region together with GIZ Participatory Infrastructure Project (PIP) and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development.
The Sawiris Foundation for Social Development is a foundation that supports initiatives that encourage job creation through training and education. The Campus El Gouna was established to act as a scientific and academic field office of Technische Universität Berlin on the Red Sea in Egypt. The GIZ PIP aims at improving the delivery of basic urban infrastructure facilities and related public services in nine informal settlements of the Greater Cairo Region through integrated, participatory urban development approaches.
The aim of the project is to further develop regional and local approaches to the localisation of SDGs in the MENA/Arab region, especially in Egypt. With reflection on international agendas, the results of the project operationalises the Egyptian 2030 National Sustainable Development Strategy. The project aims at creating a multi-stakeholder platform and think tank for a new urban paradigm shift where interregional challenges, development trends and the contextualisation of their implementation are discussed. The project plans to carry out three sequential events over the course of one year (2018/2019), mainly through the participation of academics, private sector, government, international donor agencies and civil society. The first event took place from December 8th to 10th 2018 in El Gouna (Red Sea Governorate) with special academic support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Mobilising Investments and Community Participation in SDGs through GeoMapping in the Philippines

Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.

In the Philippines, local authorities face the challenge of processing large amounts of data from various government agencies into information they can use for policy planning and effective development strategies. The Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. plans to bring these government agencies together to visualise the degree of SDG implementation on poverty maps in the Benguet Province, enlist community participation in development planning and aid local authorities in directing investments where they are needed most.
The Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which works in partnership with local and foreign donors, the private sector, government agencies and NGOs in pursuing development programs within its target communities. With the 2030 Agenda Transformation Fund, the implementing organisation is working together with the Benguet Provincial Local Government, the Regional Development Council and key stakeholders* to develop the maps. These maps will be made available on a website to promote transparency and accountability for SDG implementation in the province. The project aims at strengthening the local capacity of 13 municipalities and the Benguet province in open source mapping and data visualisation for effective policy planning for the SDG achievement in the region.

*Key stakeholders: the Philippine Statistical Authority, the National Economic Development Authority, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Benguet State University and the University of the Philippines.

Strengthening Academe-Business-Government Partnerships for addressing SDGs in the Philippines

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Philippines

The 2030 Agenda stresses that achieving the SDGs by 2030 is only possible if all groups of society work together. Apart from governments, the private sector and research institutions are essential for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Philippines is a low middle-income country whose performance in achieving the SDGs needs substantial improvements. With the 2030 Agenda Transformation Fund, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Philippines intends to bring together different academic institutions, private sector organisations and the local government units to address SDG-related needs in different communities. Ten workshops will be facilitated together with different universities within the SDSN Philippines network, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). The aims of these workshops are to identify and address concerns of small and medium sized businesses and to help them prepare sustainability reports. Consequently, the workshops will raise awareness of the relevance of the private sector and civil society organisations for sustainable development. It also aims at strengthening collaboration between the business sector and universities in the exchange and transfer of knowledge on sustainable development solutions in the country.

Facilitation of baseline survey to use data for decision making in Palestine

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)

Sufficient and reliable data is a prerequisite to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Decision makers need consistent data for planning as well as for monitoring and reviewing processes. To this end, Palestine aims to develop a statistical database to measure the SDG indicators and to plan policies that are aligned with the 2030 Agenda efficiently.
Therefore, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) will conduct a baseline study so that decision-makers can use data as a basis for adapting national policies and procedures to the SDGs. The implementing organisation PCBS with other national partners have the mandate for SDG monitoring in Palestine and aims to establish a comprehensive and unified statistical system. With the 2030 Transformation Fund, the project “Baseline survey to utilise statistics for decision making” contributes to the implementation of the “National Strategy for Developing Statistics”. PCBS will conduct the survey and produce a report that will be submitted to the Prime Minister’s office and other relevant decision makers. The project contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by keeping the status quo, implementation measures and impacts in one system. The project will consolidate national priorities, strengthen stakeholder coordination and adapt the relevant policies and processes to the 2030 Agenda.

Strengthening civil society technical capacity in Senegal

The Council of Non-Governmental Development Support Organizations (CONGAD)

In 2018, Senegal presented its first Voluntary National Review (VNR). Although the review process was participatory and involved multiple stakeholders, follow-up is required to ensure that the inclusion of civil society continues in any subsequent National Review. The Council of Non-Governmental Development Support Organizations (CONGAD) has therefore formed an alliance of civil society organisations to strengthen the process of citizen participation and public policy monitoring through dialogue with public policy makers and different social actors.
CONGAD is an NGO collective that aims at strengthening the positive contribution and influence of civil society organisations in development in Senegal and the West African sub-region to meet the challenges of globalisation and sustainable development. With the project „Building the technical capacity of civil society in Senegal“, CONGAD will support the inter-regional capacity building of civil society organisations, in particular representatives of vulnerable groups (women, youth, people with disabilities and rural producers). CONGAD works with „Sightsavers West Africa“ and implements activities such as training workshops, dialogue fora with political representatives and other activities to strengthen the civil society organisation’s participation and the advocacy of vulnerable groups.

VNR 2019 Citizens Report in South Africa

African Monitor

South Africa will be part of the United Nations voluntary national review process in 2019 for the first time. Every year, since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015, the committed countries present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) to report on their SDG progress. In order to leave no one behind in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, it is important that the review process is open, inclusive and transparent. Civil society organisations, that represent different groups of society, should be included in the process. The civil society in South Africa has suffered from the lack of coordination and financial resources, especially when it comes to engaging in the national SDG agenda.
With the 2030 Transformation Fund, the NGO African Monitor supports civil society engagement in the review process and contributes to effective monitoring and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda. The implementing organisation is an independent Pan African body that encourages citizens and grassroots movements, bringing strong additional African voices to the development agenda. The NGO works together with organisations from the “South African Working Group on SDGs”, the United Nations, the South African Government and the National Development Planning Commission.
The aim of the project is to publish a VNR 2019 Citizens Report and to encourage coordination and capacity building among South African NGOs. African Monitor will launch a media and digital campaign called #ShareYourStory, which will encourage citizens to submit data on the SDG process online. In addition, it will create an inclusive collaborative platform, the ‘Open SDG Club Cape Town symposium’, to review SDG implementation from a citizen’s perspective and to finalise the VNR 2019 Citizens Report.

SDG 2030 Local Monitor in Serbia

Belgrade Open School

Local governments are key to achieve environmental goals. But what are they really doing to protect the environment? And is this sufficient? Supported by the Transformation Fund, the Belgrade Open School, in collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, is implementing a project aiming to provide evidence-based answers to these essential questions in Serbia.

As in most countries, data scarcity is one of the pressing issues for SDG progress in Serbia. This is especially critical in the field of environmental protection, where the lack of reliable information is greater and gaps between national legislation and local implementation are wider. To tackle this, a team of researchers members of Coalition 27 –a network of Serbian civil society organizations specialized in environmental issues– is designing a methodology to track local progress, especially on SDGs 6 (Water and Sanitation), 7 (Energy), 12 (Responsible consumption and production), 13 (Climate action) and 15 (Life on land). Within the project, two cities and two municipalities will apply this innovative methodology to monitor their application of nature protection and climate change regulations for the first time. The results of these pilot studies will pave the way for future nationwide research and set a benchmark by which environmental accomplishments and setbacks will be measured. Moreover, they will show a first clear picture of local performance on SDG implementation in Serbia. With current and reliable data, informed advocacy efforts will be able to drive performance improvements and push forward more effective accountability mechanisms where needed.

Strengthening the mobilization of private and sub-national domestic investments in Sri Lanka for the 2030 Agenda

Janathakshan GTE Ltd.

Achieving the SDGs demands a surge in investments, both public and private. Attracting private funding and opening up new avenues for partnership between governments and businesses is therefore essential. In Sri Lanka, Janathakshan GTE Ltd., a non-governmental organization committed to sustainable and green solutions, is addressing this challenge. Supported by the Fund, Janathakshan is building bridges between local enterprises and local governments to foster the mobilization of domestic resources for sustainable development.

With this purpose, experts and planning authorities are analysing the country’s fiscal policy and devising new opportunities for leveraging its financial resources. To reach common understanding among all relevant stakeholders, the project is activating consultative processes. In collaborative dialogue, businesses and state actors work together to conceive new ways for aligning their investments towards the SDGs. Their aim is to design a coherent framework with practical guidelines for the mobilization of domestic resources. This will encourage new investments in Sri Lanka and deepen public and private engagement with the realisation of the 2030 Agenda. Fostering accountability is also a keystone in Janathakshan’s initiative: the upcoming financing framework will be linked to independent SDG-monitoring initiatives established under the Voluntary People’s Review in Sri Lanka.