Global Goals, ICT4D and Computer Aid in 5 steps

  • Posted BY LIESBETH VAN DEN BOSSCHE
  • 2 OCTOBER 2015

1. What are Global Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are targets to achieve better development for the people and the environment. They are replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as the latter are due to expire at the end of 2015. These new and universal goals have to be accomplished over the next fifteen years. They encompass 17 areas of action that were ratified by the UN at the end of September and will become applicable from January 2016.

2. The people’s goals

The Global Goals were created in a joint effort by all UN member states and the civil society which makes the goals more accessible to people, and increases involvement and participation from citizens all around the world.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – set out in the year 2000 – failed to consider the root causes of poverty. In theory, the MDGs were designed as reachable goals for all countries but in reality they were reflecting targets specific to developing countries. However the new Global Goals will involve efforts from all countries towards achieving sustainable development for both the people and the environment.

3. Why is it important for Computer Aid?

The three main themes of the Global Goals are ending poverty, tackling inequality and preventing climate change, which all relate to the work that Computer Aid does. We have witnessed the power of technology in bridging the divide between rich and poor through education, we work hard to ensure that individuals and corporates get in the habit of refurbishing electronic items and have developed end-of-life PCs centres to lessen the impact of new technology on the environment. We are excited about the Global Goals as this is giving our projects a framework to better monitor progress in the work we do.

We believe that technology will be a key element to obtain results in sustainable development. Think about digital platforms to monitor governments’ accountability, systems to forecast when famers should harvest, and sharing of information on a global scale, without boundaries. These are all solutions that we have developed in past 17 years and have made tremendous changes in people’s lives, facilitating individual empowerment and increase in knowledge and skills through technology.

4. How will we integrate the Global Goals to our work?

By analysing each goal, we have identified those who are aligned with our mission, the work we do and how the SDGs shape our future so that our activities have a larger impact and ensure that no one is left behind.

One of the targets under the fourth goal ‘Quality Education’ is to “substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular, least developed countries” by 2030. Innovative solutions such as the ZubaBox would enable “vocational training, information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes” in regions where electricity is not available. The amount of people that live on $1.25 per day or less is still too high and governments have committed to reducing poverty, to a minimum of 50% by 2030. We hope to develop more projects enabling people to have access to online platforms to create their own business online and sell their goods through fair and ethical trade to improve their livelihood.

We will also carry on lobbying to satellite providers to ensure that the ninth goal ‘Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure’ which aims at “significantly increase access to ICT and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020” is achieved.

5. Ready for action!

Leaders made commitments, but what we now need is action from governments, corporates and citizens to implement these goals and obtain better results than the Millennium Development Goals.

This set of goals will shape the next generations’ actions against poverty, inequality and efforts to save the planet and create a better world for all of us. We need help from all our supporters around the globe to create projects and solutions that will enable us reach the target set by the U.N. by 2030. Get in touch and share with us your ideas on how we can achieve sustainable development in the next 15 years!

Learn more about the global goals on globalgoals.org.