‘Accelerators’ are a key part of Goalkeepers. They bring together partners from different sectors around common agendas for action, seeking to catalyse investments, expertise, and innovation to drive further progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This year’s accelerators are investments in supporting women’s movements, advancing digital financial inclusion, fighting child undernutrition and building the capacity of community health worker across countries.
There are different ways for individuals and organisations to get involved in each accelerator from raising awareness to sharing your expertise or committing funding. You can find out more below.
Almost 2 billion people live outside the formal financial system – that is, without access to products and services like savings, credit, insurance, and the ability to make and receive electronic payments. This makes it extremely difficult for poor people – especially women – to save for the future, provide for their family’s health and children’s education, or invest in a business. Life without access to formal financial services is expensive, time-consuming, and unsafe.
Digital financial inclusion benefits everyone in the economy. Moving away from a cash-based system and employing digital services enables: cost savings through increased efficiency and speed; transparency and security by increasing accountability and tracking; and women’s economic empowerment, by giving women more control over their financial lives. Widespread adoption and use of digital finance could increase the GDPs of all emerging economies by 6 percent, or a total of $3.7 trillion, by 2025. This additional GDP could create up to 95 million new jobs across all sectors of the economy.
– More than 60 countries have committed to the Maya Declaration through the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.
Expand opportunities for digital payments. Over 60 governments, companies and international organizations – all of them members of the UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance – have demonstrated their leadership by committing to move away from cash. This global Alliance brings together these three sectors to create a digital economy where everyone can make and receive payments digitally.
– The global company Unilever and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), have now joined this worldwide movement to help millions of people lift themselves out of poverty.
Encourage continued innovation by companies who create the digital tools and services needed to advance financial inclusion.
– The GSMA commits to developing mobile money accounts and promoting the importance of digital financial inclusion to the almost 800 mobile phone operators it represents worldwide, making sure there are more and better services available, especially for women.
Alliance for Financial Inclusion, Better than Cash Alliance, GSMA, Unilever, UNHCR
To support proactive policy reform and learn more about the Maya Declaration:
To learn about how your organization can change lives through shifting to digital payments:
To find out more about the GSMA’s Mobile for Development work, in particular the Mobile Money and Connected Women programmes:
Illness is universal, access to care is not. Despite medical and technological advances over the past twenty-five years, one billion people across the world still lack access to health care worldwide. 8.9 million people die every year, including 3.6 million children, because they lack access to life-saving reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health services.
Studies show that if we can train community health workers in 30 basic skills, we could save 30 million lives worldwide by 2030. Yet scale, quality, and cost remain key barriers to fully establishing and supporting national networks of community health workers.
Community Health Workers are on the front line of expanding access to care – and this accelerator aims to expand their impact by supporting more countries to establish their own national community health worker programs. Building on their work in Liberia and that of their partners in Mali, Nepal, Togo, among other countries, Last Mile Health is launching the world’s first continuing education platform to develop national Community Health Worker programs, together with a coalition of over 15 partners.
Last Mile Health, TED, edX, HarvardX, Aspen Management Partners for Health, Child Relief International, Financing Alliance for Health, Global Health Alliance, Hope Through Health, Living Goods, Lwala Community Alliance, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Possible Health, Project Muso, The END Fund, UBS Optimus Foundation, UN Special Envoy for Health, VillageReach, Government of Liberia.
Learn more about community health worker programmes, and sign up to take the first online course!
At the core of every problem we’re trying to solve, from poverty to disease, are the undervalued but powerful lives of women and girls. We can’t achieve progress if half the world’s population continues to be left behind, and their potential and talent continues to go untapped. One of the most impactful ways to accelerate progress towards the Global Goals—particularly Goal 5, to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women —is to invest in women’s and girl’s movements. Yet, grassroots women’s organisations and movements are severely underfunded and under threat.
Inch by inch, local women’s organisations are reducing inequality and increasing opportunity in their communities and countries. They know first-hand the barriers holding women and girls back, and they’re on the front lines of fighting them. When women unite together to form movements, they drive real, lasting change. This is How Equality Happens. We can accelerate progress on gender equality by starting local, giving women and girls the tools and resources they need to effectively overcome challenges in their own communities.
The Government of Canada; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Vidya Shah on behalf of the EdelGive Foundation; The Hewlett Foundation; The Points Guy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Glamour
There are many ways to help women’s movements, from making your own donation, backing a campaign online, or offering other kinds of pro-bono contributions, from digital training to communications support.
To learn more about the 38 women’s funds around the world—operating nationally, regionally, and globally—and to see what you can do to support them, visit the Prospera Network: http://www.prospera-inwf.org/
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As part of the accelerator for the Goalkeepers event hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Points Guy committed to donating five million miles in the next year for local women’s organizations and movements. These miles will enable women activists to have their voices heard by key decision-makers, inspire others and galvanize action around the world.
This is a way to improve the bottom line for women’s organizations around the world. If you are a women’s organization in need of miles, please fill in the form here – thepointsguy.com/goalkeepers
Malnutrition is an underlying cause in nearly half of child deaths each year and prevents millions of other children from growing and living to their full potential. It’s one of the biggest barriers to progress we face and undermines progress to practically all of the Global Goals. For too long, nutrition has been an underinvested area of health and development.
Global Goal 2 promises Zero Hunger – to ‘end malnutrition in all its forms,’ The good news is many countries are on course for meeting many of the Global Goals targets but we still need to do much more to scale up proven interventions and research new solutions.
The Power of Nutrition, founded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID),the UBS Optimus Foundation, UNICEF and the World Bank is an innovative partnership working to tackle the damage to children’s lives and futures cause by undernutrition. Every dollar invested in The Power of Nutrition is multiplied at least 4x increasing the impact for children everywhere. Since it was created just over two years ago the Power of Nutrition has already invested almost $100 million in the futures of children in Tanzania, Liberia, and Ethiopia.
The Power of Nutrition and its founding partners – The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation, The UK Department for International Development, UNICEF and the World Bank. Additional partners include Comic Relief, , Nutrition International, Medicor, Tata Trusts and Margaret A.Cargill Philanthropies as well as The Government of Benin, The Government of Cote d’Ivoire, The Government of India and The Government of Madagascar where new planned investments are being made.
There are many ways to play your part to fight malnutrition. The next three months are a golden opportunity to do so when this fall, at a high-level in Italy, leaders have the opportunity to show their commitment to scaling up action. You can find out more about actions you can take via SDG 2 Advocacy hub- http://sdg2advocacyhub.org
You can find out more about The Power of Nutrition here – http://www.powerofnutrition.org/