Brazilian Foundations Embrace the SDGs

Jointly with partners, UNDP Brazil is hosting a conversation with Brazilian foundations about launching the SDG Philanthropy Platform in Brazil.

As philanthropy worldwide is embracing collaboration, partnerships, and finding new ways to leverage resources of others to achieve bigger impact, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a new framework for a unified, global vision of development. The SDGs are formulated as development outcomes and offer a useful collaboration taxonomy on 169 targets which cover 5 Ps: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.

Although the goals are formulated at the global level, success of their implementation depends on how well countries will do. Therefore, localizing the goals, cultivating local leadership, mobilizing the private sector, philanthropy and others to join, and developing capacities to make progress is essential in these early stages. The SDGs are very ambitious and comprehensive and it seems we are shooting for the moon, but only with this aspirational attitude can we reach them!

We are delighted to work with the initial brave “gang” of Brazilian-based foundations and associations including Banco do Brasil Foundation, Sabin Institute, Roberto Marinho Foundation, Itaú-Unibanco Foundation, C&A Foundation, GIFE and the Institute for the Development of Social Investment (IDIS). We will discuss what the SDGs mean to them and how the group can inspire others to join.


Philanthropy is well established in Brazil and research data shows that philanthropy can help fund the SDGs, with a caveat that the data is not comprehensive for Brazilian foundations and comes mostly from US sources.

Brazil has achieved some spectacular progress with the precursor to the SDGs, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), on reducing poverty and ensuring primary universal education. However, massive challenges ahead require bold leadership, bravely forging ahead to create new innovative ways to reduce inequalities and protect the environment.

The current level of development interventions are simply not sufficient to reach the SDGs globally by 2030. An unparalleled level of innovation is needed to bridge todays’ gaps. Philanthropy, in collaboration with others from the UN, the government, civil society and business, can show possible ways forward by demonstrating and testing new approaches, advocating for critical issues such as good data, noting blockages to progress, and building networks and coalitions to scale innovation.

Looking through the lens of the SDGs can help, as the SDGs are about integrated approaches and avoiding siloes, emphasizing the need for good data, cross-sectoral collaboration and systems thinking.

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The SDG Philanthropy Platform is a The SDG Philanthropy Platform is a global initiative that connects philanthropy with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact, driving SDG delivery within national development planning. We are a global facilitator that help partners optimize their resources by enabling effective collaboration with the broader development ecosystem in countries. The Platform is a collaboration between philanthropy and the greater international development community, led by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Foundation Center, and supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, Brach Family Charitable Foundation, and UN Foundation.