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Accelerators

GREATER THAN THE sum of their parts, Goalkeepers Accelerators are extraordinary partnerships that work hard and fast to bring us closer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Curated every year specifically for Goalkeepers, this unique platform brings together partners from different sectors who are dedicated to pooling their collective investment, brain power and big ideas to tackle one or more of the SDGs. With a wealth of diverse experience and a passion for progress, Accelerators challenge all of us to think about new ways to empower rising young leaders, achieve tangible results and work together to strive for a better, more equitable world.

By becoming an Accelerator, partners commit to launching something entirely new that will have a transformative impact on achieving the SDGs – whether that means engaging new partners and donors, scaling to a new country or region, launching a new product, or more. Our growing community of Goalkeepers holds these Accelerators accountable to the ambitious goals they set for themselves over the next 3-5 years. With shared commitment, unbridled ambition, and a willingness to think big, Goalkeepers Accelerators play a critical role in getting us one step closer to success in 2030.

2020: ACCELERATORS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

There are many reasons why the COVID-19 pandemic has tested us all to the extreme, but it is its truly global nature that has made it such a profound threat. And yet it is that same universality that also represents our best opportunity to defeat it, and even build a better and fairer world – together.

Our 2020 Accelerators bring us to Kenya, a country that has worked hard to keep its citizens safe and stem the spread of the virus, while also striving to bolster against the ripple effects of the pandemic on the economy and a multitude of health issues.

Led by Sanergy and Educate!, these innovative partnerships have pivoted to join the fight against COVID-19, while also keeping their ambitious SDG targets in sight. They exemplify not only response and recovery in the face of the crisis but also the kind of entrepreneurial thinking and steadfast determination required to drive progress for the poorest, most vulnerable people.

In this extraordinary year, upended by the global pandemic, the question becomes will we rise to the challenge it poses? This year’s Accelerators are doing just that, to ultimately ensure that the astonishing progress the world has already achieved is not only continued in the wake of COVID-19 but accelerated.

These powerful partnerships join a growing list of collaborators that are coming together to help ensure a better future. To date, we have launched twelve unique Accelerators with more than 90 partners touching a variety of SDG targets and indicators. Every year, we announce new Accelerators that are pushing boundaries to propel progress forward for everyone.

2020

Safe Sanitation for a Healthy, Sustainable World
Preparing Youth to Thrive in the Informal Economy

2019

A Smart Start For Girls
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
Mental Health For All

2018

Girls First Fund
Scaling Early Literacy
Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator

2017

Advancing Digital Financial Inclusion for All
Scaling National Community Health Worker Programs
Investing in the Women Changing the World
The Power of Nutrition

The Goalkeepers Report

The stories behind the data

The Goalkeepers Report is published every year and charts the progress toward the Global Goals. This year’s report focuses on inequality and the complex layers that affect so many people.

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Goalkeepers tracks a set of 18 indicators every year to see what’s changing and why—dig into the data to find out.

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2020 GLOBAL GOALS AWARDS

Please join us in celebrating the remarkable recipients of our fifth annual Global Goals Awards. We’re proud to recognize their unique contributions to global progress.

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