SDGs must be part of community philanthropy agenda

Carola Carazzone

The December issue of Alliance focused on the topic of community philanthropy and the concept of ‘durable development’ – shifting power closer to the ground and giving agency to local people and their organizations. Here, Carola Carazzone, a delegate at the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy in Johannesburg, calls for inter-sector synergies and alliances to help deliver the SDGs.

At the Global Summit – the most inspiring event I have attended in the last three years – there was no specific mention of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Back from Johannesburg, I counted how many times the SDGs were mentioned in the 25 inspiring and powerful articles of the last Alliance special feature: once.

My question is then, is it not time to demolish professional specializations and sector silos to build bridges and work for inter-sector synergies and alliances?

Even if most recently the UN and institutional philanthropy have started some significant partnerships, each one pays the price – in terms of lack of mutual understanding, trust, capacity to join common aims and agendas – of having been pursuing parallel, rarely interacting, paths for 60 years.

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