Sustainable Development Goals | BTC - Belgian Development Agency


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched in September 2015, announcing a new era of development. The 17 goals aim to transform the world over the next 15 years. They are the global framework for Enabel’s support to 20 countries around the globe.
SDG1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

We must create a world where extreme poverty (people living on less than €1.13 a day) becomes history.

Enabel’s projects in 20 countries aim to contribute to the elimination of poverty and to a fairer and more sustainable world. We focus on women’s empowerment to eradicate extreme poverty. 
SDG2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 2 aims to end hunger and malnutrition and improve and diversify agricultural productivity and incomes of small–scale producers by increased investments in the country and by renegotiated trade agreements.

Enabel’s projects aim to improve the sustainable production and processing of crops of small-scale farmers and enable them to access the market. We set up projects that provide adequate infrastructures such as irrigation systems, warehouses, markets or processing units. At the same time, we train and reinforce staff of the Ministries of Agriculture and of producer organisations, NGOs and civil society in the partner countries, each time ensuring that women (entrepreneurs) are involved in decision-making at all levels.
SDG3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 

Goal 3 wants to create a world where everyone is in good health, deliveries are safe, children are vaccinated and can grow healthy, infections or epidemics such as HIV, TBC and malaria are reduced to zero and stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS no longer exists. 

Health care is one of the biggest concerns of Enabel. We work on better healthcare systems in our partner countries by supporting the provision of qualitative and accessible health care, effective insurance systems, quality infrastructures and equipment and well-trained and motivated medical staff. Besides this, we have specific programmes to prevent the violation of women’s rights, such as the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
SDG4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 4 aims to provide global access to quality education for boys and for girls, from primary education to university in rural or urban areas.

Enabel’s work under this goal mainly focusses on the provision and improvement of technical and vocational education and training, as well as on quality improvement of basic and secondary education through teacher training, curriculum reform and the introduction of student-centred teaching methods. Enabel also supports the (re)construction of schools with a focus on student-friendly and green schools.
SDG5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG5 calls for the elimination of all gender-based discrimination, such as unequal access to decent work, occupational segregation, the denial of access to basic education and health care, the underrepresentation of women in decision-making processes and violence against women and girls.

Enabel works to ensure gender integration in all its interventions and has stand-alone projects that focus on women empowerment and women’s rights such as income-generating activities for women, technical and vocational training, birth registration awareness, the active participation of women in political processes and the prevention of violence against women.
SDG6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

This goal focusses on achieving universal access to water and improving sanitation and hygiene facilities.

Enabel supports the Ministries in their water and sanitation management and policies and in their efforts to provide safe drinking water to the population. We also assist in wastewater treatment and hygiene activities.
SDG7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Global goal 7 aims to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services as well as increase the share of renewable energy by upgrading technology and increasing research on clean and renewable energy production. 

Enabel supports Rwanda to ensure its population has access to the power grid. We also support Mozambique and the Palestinian Territory with renewable energy projects such as the installation of solar and hydro-electricity systems for light and water pumping; light and electricity provision to health centres and schools in isolated areas; or the construction of eco-friendly schools.
SDG8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all

Goal 8 wants to achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation as well as increased sustainable tourism and trade to boost gross domestic product growth.

Enabel supports vocational education and training in many partner countries as a key strategy to address youth unemployment. Through skills training, young people learn a skill or a trade that can support them to find decent work or start their own business. The infrastructure projects in DR Congo and Burundi are providing jobs as well as training for young people. In Vietnam, Enabel supports the implementation of the national Green Growth Strategy through a specific project allowing the country to economically develop in a ‘green way’.

SDG9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation

SDG 9 aims to build quality infrastructure in cities and villages for human well-being and with a focus on equitable access for all.

Enabel supports partner countries in the construction of roads to improve access to and from rural areas. Enabel also aims to bridge the digital divide with digital innovations and new technologies in its projects.
SDG10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries

To create a more equal world, the income of the poorest population should grow at a rate higher than the national average and discrimination on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status should be eliminated.

In all of Enabel’s projects, we aim to empower citizens and to train staff of public service institutions and Ministries to improve their service delivery, with special attention to ensuring equal treatment of men and women.
SDG11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

This goals calls for the provision of safe and affordable housing and access to safe transport facilities, and green public places as well as the safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage in cities.

In the Palestinian Territory, one of Enabel’s projects supports the preservation and restauration of the historical city centres. Other projects promote eco-construction using passive techniques in Uganda, Senegal, Burundi and the Palestinian Territory. We also support Uganda and Vietnam in structural strategic urban planning and we assist urban renewal projects such as slum upgrading and social housing.
SDG12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

SDG12 aims to promote sustainable production – from fair prices to decent labour conditions for all producers - and raises awareness about consumption.

Enabel’s Trade for Development Programme contributes to this goal by providing financial support and business & marketing training to producers, informing the audience on market evolutions and promoting fair and sustainable trade, with campaigns such as the Fair Trade Week. Enabel also involves the decision-makers and the private sector by urging them to play their part.
SDG13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

This goal seeks to strengthen resilience in the face of climate change and climate-related hazards and natural disasters, to integrate climate change prevention measures into national policies, strategies and planning and to raise awareness on the issue.

In every Enabel project, the environmental risk is taken into account and partners are trained to detect and manage these risks. Enabel also supports Ministries in defining climate change adaptation policies to include action against global warming. Projects in Vietnam and Peru were specifically designed to mitigate the consequences of climate change.
SDG14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

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SDG15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss

The conservation of nature and the prevention of extinction of species is the focus of this goal.

Besides the integration of environmental impact assessments in Enabel projects, there are specific ecological projects such as large-scale reforestation in Morocco or Rwanda, or the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems in Tanzania and Peru. 
SDG16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Peace, stability, human rights and effective and accountable institutions are the foundations of a sustainable society.

To advance the rule of law, Enabel supports its partner countries to improve their justice system, security sectors and security services within democratic and rights-based principles. We also encourage participation and citizen’s engagement in public policies and support our partners in building effective, accountable, transparent and inclusive governance institutions at central and local levels.

SDG17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Goal 17 calls on everyone to play their part to enhance North-South, South-South and regional and international partnership cooperation: from governments to the public or private sector to civil society.

Enabel works mainly with the governments of Belgium’s partner countries but also with the European Union, UN institutions, NGOs, civil society organisations and the private sector to bring its projects to a successful end.


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