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The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa
Partnerships and Solutions for People, Planet and Prosperity
Opened in July 2016, The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) is an international organization that supports governments, civil society, businesses and academic institutions in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. We build upon Africa’s existing successes by bringing together people, ideas, and innovation to collectively reach a more sustainable future.
Following the signing-off of the historic agreement on sustainable development during the UN General Assembly in September 2015, African leaders decided to take quick and firm action by establishing the Center, as a home-grown African institution, championing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with the principles of African Union’s 2063 Agenda.
The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) is an autonomous non-for profit international organization, which became operational on 01 July 2016, after its establishment was approved by the Board of Directors in mid-April 2016.By agreeing to establish an African own technically trusted Center, African leaders want to ensure that they act together in pursuit of a shared African development vision. They also want to ensure that Africa will have its right position in the global forum with all the other actors responsible for the global conversation and actions related to the SDGs.
The purpose of the Center is to provide technical support, neutral advice and expertise as input to national governments, private sector, civil society, academic institutions to accelerate the implementation of the SDG agenda across Africa.
The management of the Center comprises of the following departments: (i) policy, research and analysis, (ii) innovation and outreach, (iii) partnership and financing; (iv) corporate services. The Center is governed by the Board of Directors. The Director General of the Center is reporting to this body. The Board of Directors comprise of high profile personalities, including heads of state, business leaders and renowned civil society activists. The current Board is co-chaired by His Excellency President Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda and Mr. Aliko Dangote, prominent Nigerian business man and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group.
Aligned with the United Nations’ Post-2015 Development Agenda, we value :
- Partnerships across sectors - governments, civil society, business and academia.
- Synergistic networks that build on strengths.
- Transparency and accountability in decision-making, investments, and promises.
- Social inclusion at all levels of society.
- Research and policy advice for governments, civil society, business and academia.
- Inter-country projects in infrastructure, information systems, and finance.
- Platforms to engage academics, citizens and communities with the SDGs.
- Education and capacity building to strengthen universities.
- The distribution of technology, innovation and outreach.
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