The SDG Accelerator “Partnerships for the Goals!” was part of the project Sustainable Development Lab, running from the beginning of 2020 until the end of 2021. At the beginning of 2020, we had planned workshops and seminars for social entrepreneurs in the regions of Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine - but due to the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic, we soon had to cancel all in-person events and switch to the virtual space. We also had to cancel our participation in the annual Global Festival of Action, one of the most important events for SDG changemakers, due to the cancellation of the event in Bonn in May 2020. But we adapted our program to the new realities: Together with our partners, we organized online workshops and then the Accelerator program for experts, social entrepreneurs and activists from Belarus, Germany, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Ten projects in 2020 and 15 projects in 2021 received support for information and advocacy campaigns during the United Nations Global Week to Act for SDGs in September 2020 and 2021. And after months of virtual meetings, we finally met in autumn 2021 in Berlin.
In parallel with the accelerator program, SDG networks and coalitions were deepened by holding several online trainings and consultative meetings with the members of the Partnership Group for SDGs in Belarus, the Network for SDGs at EcoVisio in Moldova, the Coalition for Sustainable Development in Russia (KURS
), and the Forum on Environment and Development, as part of the German Network for SDGs. After the first complete so-called Shadow Report
(independent civil society report) on all 17 SDGs was already presented in 2020 in Russia, the first Shadow Reports were also published in Belarus on SDG 12
(Sustainable Consumption & Production) and in Moldova on SDGs 7
(Clean and Cheap Energy) and 13 (Climate Change Mitigation). The reports can be found online on the SOIN website
The program was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office within the Eastern Partnership Program
, enabling civil society organizations to implement joint projects and establish permanent cooperation structures between civil society from Germany and the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia.