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AlterContacts Academy for Sustainable Development

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Academic institution

    The AlterContacts Academy for Sustainable Development is the seed for an educational network focused on People - Planet - Prosperity. The SDG Partnership act as an integrator, facilitator and enabler for partner universities, to create and run educational and training programs, with the purpose of equipping professionals, recent graduates, and students to play a key role in reaching UN SDGs and Agenda 2030.

    The network of partners assure the education is localized, adapted and delivered to the actors of local and international communities in their specific country.


    The Academy tackles three key societal issues: 1) School-to-work transition; 2) Youth development and employment; 3) Social inclusion. Through specially designed programs, we aim to - Equip educational institutions worldwide to facilitate school-to-work transition. - Increase the success rate of graduate employment. - Expose students to networks that provide opportunities for internships, further development and employment. - Provide students and teachers with opportunities for “hands-on” collaboration with international virtual teams from other cultures, using new digital methods. - Give opportunities to students to start their career by adding practical experience to the academic curriculum. - Involve youth into being active global citizens.

    Expected Impact

    The scope and deliverables of each initiative are decided collaboratively by the partners through a process of co-creation facilitated by Think Tank AlterContacts. This results in a detailed project or program document outlining key aspects such as scope, timeline, activities, resources, risks, and deliverables.

    Partners have the flexibility to determine the level of their involvement, the resources they contribute, and the effort they dedicate to the initiative. Any changes to the scope or unforeseen circumstances are addressed through discussions involving all relevant partners to assess their impact and update the project document accordingly.

    Once the project document is finalized, the Leader institution takes on the responsibility of coordinating the local implementation. Think Tank AlterContacts may also provide handbooks or templates to ensure consistency in execution across different partnerships and locations.

    One example of such a program is the Lockdown Economy Challenge, which involves students from various universities in helping small businesses navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic. Students receive case studies based on interviews conducted with small businesses worldwide during the pandemic. Working in interdisciplinary teams, students analyze these case studies and propose solutions from the perspective of business owners. Winning proposals are implemented in collaboration with the businesses themselves.

    This program offers students a unique opportunity to gain insights into real-world challenges faced by businesses during the pandemic. It fosters the development of critical and design thinking skills, equipping students to navigate complex business environments. Moreover, it provides hands-on experience working directly with entrepreneurs to address contemporary societal needs.

    Implementation of the Project/Activity

    Partners engage in inclusive discussions to define the scope, objectives, and deliverables, resulting in a detailed project plan. Each partner determines their level of involvement and commits resources accordingly. Throughout the implementation phase, regular communication and coordination meetings ensure alignment and address any changes or contingencies.

    Think Tank AlterContacts provides support through guidelines, templates, and access to a global network of collaborators. This streamlined approach ensures consistency and quality across diverse partnerships and geographies, ultimately facilitating the successful execution of projects and activities aimed at fostering sustainable development.

    Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

    The AlterContacts Academy prioritizes capacity building and technology/knowledge transfer as fundamental pillars of its mission. Through tailored training programs, workshops, and resources, the academy equips individuals and organizations with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to drive sustainable development initiatives effectively. These capacity-building efforts focus on fostering competencies such as digital literacy, entrepreneurship, active citizenship, and sustainable practices.

    Additionally, the academy facilitates technology and/or knowledge transfer by providing access to cutting-edge insights, methodologies, and tools developed in collaboration with experts and partners. By leveraging innovative technologies and promoting knowledge sharing, the academy empowers participants to apply sustainable solutions to real-world challenges, thereby catalyzing positive change within communities and advancing global sustainability agendas.


    Young people worldwide are facing significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in finding employment. Many recent graduates are struggling to secure jobs, highlighting the urgent need for more effective education. Our goal is to empower young people to shape the future by providing them with opportunities to develop their skills.

    Partnering with universities, we aim to revamp education systems to better support digital skills, vocational training, and overall development for young individuals. Our programs focus on enhancing education quality and efficiency, promoting active citizenship, and fostering creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

    Participants will gain essential digital literacy, entrepreneurial, and practical skills, enabling them to tackle societal challenges effectively. By equipping young people with these competencies, we aim to increase their chances of success in the job market and provide them with a solid foundation for navigating the modern world.

    In addition to professionals, recent graduates, and students, educators also benefit from the AlterContacts Academy's initiatives. By participating in training programs and accessing resources developed by the academy, educators gain valuable insights and tools to enhance their teaching practices. They acquire knowledge about sustainable development principles and innovative teaching methodologies, empowering them to effectively integrate sustainability topics into their curricula.

    Ultimately, this enables educators to better prepare students for future roles in advancing sustainable development goals and contributing to positive societal change.

    Coordination mechanisms

    AlterContacts Academy acts as an integrator, facilitator and enabler:

    1. Facilitation of a transparent, inclusive, and ethical framework.

    2. Registration of local working groups and reports under SDG partnership guidelines.

    3. Appointment of a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for communication and management of resources and documents accessible globally.

    4. Provision of case studies, recorded videos, and curated articles or research data obtained from projects and activities withing registered SDG Accelerated Actions world wide.

    5. Access to a global network of collaborators, researchers, experts, and volunteers.

    6. Opportunities to disseminate program deliverables through public or private network channels, agreed upon with each partner beforehand.

    Each local partner institution is responsible for:

    1. Providing a designated Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to manage communication with AlterContacts.

    2. Appointing a coordinator to oversee activities performed by partner volunteers or employees and handle any in-house resources or assets.

    3. Acting as the SPOC between AlterContacts and all other partners in multistakeholder programs, except for pre-agreed tasks.

    4. Ensuring availability of deliverables as agreed in the project charter.

    5. Appointing a SPOC per project for programs with multiple projects, ensuring a streamlined communication process.


    The Global Think Tank for Sustainable Development, AlterContacts, led by co-founders Julia Skupchenko and Massimo Mercuri, spearheads this initiative. Collaborating primarily with local universities and schools, the think tank acts as an integrator, connecting educational institutions and fostering social innovation through partnerships with experts in both entrepreneurial and academic fields. These partnerships may involve local foundations, NGOs, government institutions, private organizations, or associations.

    Each collaboration is formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the education institution designated as the "Leader" of the program. This Leader serves as the local coordinator, overseeing the actions and deliverables of local partners.


    To evaluate the impact of the AlterContacts Academy for Sustainable Development:

    Quantitative Metrics:
       - Measure participation and completion rates.
       - Track employment outcomes.
       - Collect feedback through surveys.
       - Count partnerships established.

    Qualitative Indicators:
       - Assess skill development.
       - Evaluate support for small businesses.
       - Monitor community engagement.
       - Review long-term effects.

    Case Studies and Success Stories:
       - Gather and showcase impactful stories.

    Alignment with SDGs:
       - Assess contribution to SDG targets.

    Stakeholder Engagement:
       - Gather insights from stakeholders.


    Anahuac Mayab University (Mexico), Universidad Tecnológica del Poniente (Mexico), Epoka University (Albania), Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands), "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati (Romania), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

    Additional information

    Specific: The AlterContacts Academy for Sustainable Development focuses on designing and implementing educational and training programs to empower professionals, recent graduates, and students to play active roles in advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.

    Measurable: The impact of the program is measurable through the participation and engagement of professionals, graduates, and students in the Competence Development Program for Sustainable Actions Design and Delivery. Progress can be tracked through metrics such as the number of participants, successful projects launched, and contributions to SDGs.

    Achievable: Through the Competence Development Program, AlterContacts provides insights, methods, tools, and knowledge to present and aspiring Action Leaders, enabling them to effectively design and deliver sustainable actions. Interested individuals can access further information about the program on the organization's website.

    Relevant: Given the global focus on sustainable development and achieving SDGs by 2030, the Competence Development Program addresses a pressing need for skilled professionals and leaders in this domain. By providing resources and training, it ensures that participants are equipped to contribute meaningfully to sustainable initiatives.

    Time-bound: The update for 2023 introduces the Competence Development Program, indicating a specific timeframe for the initiative's launch and implementation. Interested individuals can find more information on the program's details and registration deadlines on the organization's website,

    Goal 4

    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

    Goal 4


    By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes


    Proportion of children and young people (a) in grades 2/3; (b) at the end of primary; and (c) at the end of lower secondary achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in (i) reading and (ii) mathematics, by sex


    Completion rate (primary education, lower secondary education, upper secondary education)


    By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education


    Proportion of children aged 24–59 months who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being, by sex


    Participation rate in organized learning (one year before the official primary entry age), by sex


    By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university


    Participation rate of youth and adults in formal and non-formal education and training in the previous 12 months, by sex


    By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship


    Proportion of youth and adults with information and communications technology (ICT) skills, by type of skill


    By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

    Parity indices (female/male, rural/urban, bottom/top wealth quintile and others such as disability status, indigenous peoples and conflict-affected, as data become available) for all education indicators on this list that can be disaggregated


    By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy


    Proportion of population in a given age group achieving at least a fixed level of proficiency in functional (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills, by sex


    By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education and (d) student assessment


    Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all


    Proportion of schools offering basic services, by type of service


    By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries

    Volume of official development assistance flows for scholarships by sector and type of study


    By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States


    Proportion of teachers with the minimum required qualifications, by education level

    Goal 8

    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

    Goal 8


    Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries

    Annual growth rate of real GDP per capita


    Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors


    Annual growth rate of real GDP per employed person


    Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services


    Proportion of informal employment in total employment, by sector and sex


    Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead


    Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP


    Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP


    By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

    Average hourly earnings of female and male employees, by occupation, age and persons with disabilities


    Unemployment rate, by sex, age and persons with disabilities


    By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Proportion of youth (aged 15-24 years) not in education, employment or training


    Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms


    Proportion and number of children aged 5‑17 years engaged in child labour, by sex and age


    Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment


    Fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 workers, by sex and migrant status


    Level of national compliance with labour rights (freedom of association and collective bargaining) based on International Labour Organization (ILO) textual sources and national legislation, by sex and migrant status


    By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products


    Tourism direct GDP as a proportion of total GDP and in growth rate


    Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services for all


    (a) Number of commercial bank branches per 100,000 adults and (b) number of automated teller machines (ATMs) per 100,000 adults


    Proportion of adults (15 years and older) with an account at a bank or other financial institution or with a mobile-money-service provider


    Increase Aid for Trade support for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, including through the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries

    Aid for Trade commitments and disbursements


    By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization


    Existence of a developed and operationalized national strategy for youth employment, as a distinct strategy or as part of a national employment strategy

    Goal 9

    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

    Goal 9


    Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all

    Proportion of the rural population who live within 2 km of an all-season road


    Passenger and freight volumes, by mode of transport


    Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries


    Manufacturing value added as a proportion of GDP and per capita


    Manufacturing employment as a proportion of total employment


    Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets

    Proportion of small-scale industries in total industry value added


    Proportion of small-scale industries with a loan or line of credit


    By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities


    COemission per unit of value added


    Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending

    Research and development expenditure as a proportion of GDP


    Researchers (in full-time equivalent) per million inhabitants


    Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States

    Total official international support (official development assistance plus other official flows) to infrastructure


    Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities

    Proportion of medium and high-tech industry value added in total value added


    Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020


    Proportion of population covered by a mobile network, by technology

    Goal 17

    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

    Goal 17


    Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection

    Total government revenue as a proportion of GDP, by source
    Proportion of domestic budget funded by domestic taxes


    Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries

    Net official development assistance, total and to least developed countries, as a proportion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee donors’ gross national income (GNI)


    Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources


    Additional financial resources mobilized for developing countries from multiple sources 

    Volume of remittances (in United States dollars) as a proportion of total GDP


    Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress

    Debt service as a proportion of exports of goods and services


    Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries


    Number of countries that adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for developing countries, including the least developed countries


    Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism


     Fixed Internet broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by speed


    Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed


    Total amount of funding for developing countries to promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies


    Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

    Proportion of individuals using the Internet


    Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation


    Dollar value of financial and technical assistance (including through North-South, South‑South and triangular cooperation) committed to developing countries


    Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda

    Worldwide weighted tariff-average


    Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020


    Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of global exports


    Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, including by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access


    Weighted average tariffs faced by developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing States


    Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence

    Macroeconomic Dashboard


    Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

    Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence of sustainable development


    Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development 

    Extent of use of country-owned results frameworks and planning tools by providers of development cooperation


    Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries


    Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals


    Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships 


    Amount in United States dollars committed to public-private partnerships for infrastructure


    By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts


    Statistical capacity indicator for Sustainable Development Goal monitoring

    Number of countries that have national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

    Number of countries with a national statistical plan that is fully funded and under implementation, by source of funding


    By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries

    Dollar value of all resources made available to strengthen statistical capacity in developing countries

    Proportion of countries that (a) have conducted at least one population and housing census in the last 10 years; and (b) have achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration

    Goal 10

    Reduce inequality within and among countries

    Goal 10


    By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average


    Growth rates of household expenditure or income per capita among the bottom 40 per cent of the population and the total population


    By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status


    Proportion of people living below 50 per cent of median income, by sex, age and persons with disabilities


    Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard


    Proportion of population reporting having personally felt discriminated against or harassed within the previous 12 months on the basis of a ground of discrimination prohibited under international human rights law


    Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality


    Labour share of GDP


    Redistributive impact of fiscal policy


    Improve the regulation and monitoring of global financial markets and institutions and strengthen the implementation of such regulations


    Financial Soundness Indicators


    Ensure enhanced representation and voice for developing countries in decision-making in global international economic and financial institutions in order to deliver more effective, credible, accountable and legitimate institutions

    Proportion of members and voting rights of developing countries in international organizations


    Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies


    Recruitment cost borne by employee as a proportion of montlhy income earned in country of destination


    Number of countries with migration policies that facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people


    Number of people who died or disappeared in the process of migration towards an international destination


    Proportion of the population who are refugees, by country of origin


    Implement the principle of special and differential treatment for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, in accordance with World Trade Organization agreements

    Proportion of tariff lines applied to imports from least developed countries and developing countries with zero-tariff


    Encourage official development assistance and financial flows, including foreign direct investment, to States where the need is greatest, in particular least developed countries, African countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their national plans and programmes

    Total resource flows for development, by recipient and donor countries and type of flow (e.g. official development assistance, foreign direct investment and other flows)


    By 2030, reduce to less than 3 per cent the transaction costs of migrant remittances and eliminate remittance corridors with costs higher than 5 per cent


    Remittance costs as a proportion of the amount remitted

    Goal 5

    Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

    Goal 5


    End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere


    Whether or not legal frameworks are in place to promote, enforce and monitor equality and non‑discrimination on the basis of sex


    Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

    Proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by form of violence and by age


    Proportion of women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to sexual violence by persons other than an intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by age and place of occurrence


    Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

    Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 15 and before age 18


    Proportion of girls and women aged 15-49 years who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting, by age


    Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate


    Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location


    Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life


    Proportion of seats held by women in (a) national parliaments and (b) local governments


    Proportion of women in managerial positions


    Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences


    Proportion of women aged 15-49 years who make their own informed decisions regarding sexual relations, contraceptive use and reproductive health care


    Number of countries with laws and regulations that guarantee full and equal access to women and men aged 15 years and older to sexual and reproductive health care, information and education


    Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws


    (a) Proportion of total agricultural population with ownership or secure rights over agricultural land, by sex; and (b) share of women among owners or rights-bearers of agricultural land, by type of tenure


    Proportion of countries where the legal framework (including customary law) guarantees women’s equal rights to land ownership and/or control


    Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

    Proportion of individuals who own a mobile telephone, by sex


    Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels


    Proportion of countries with systems to track and make public allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment

    Goal 1

    End poverty in all its forms everywhere

    Goal 1


    By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day


    Proportion of the population living below the international poverty line by sex, age, employment status and geographical location (urban/rural)


    By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions


    Proportion of population living below the national poverty line, by sex and age


    Proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions


    Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable


    Proportion of population covered by social protection floors/systems, by sex, distinguishing children, unemployed persons, older persons, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, newborns, work-injury victims and the poor and the vulnerable


    By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance


    Proportion of population living in households with access to basic services


    Proportion of total adult population with secure tenure rights to land, (a) with legally recognized documentation, and (b) who perceive their rights to land as secure, by sex and by type of tenure


    By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters


    Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population


    Direct economic loss attributed to disasters in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP)


    Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030


    Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies


    Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions


    Total official development assistance grants from all donors that focus on poverty reduction as a share of the recipient country's gross national income


    Proportion of total government spending on essential services (education, health and social protection)


    Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions


    Pro-poor public social spending

    Name Description

    Run one complete program in one of the partner universities.

    Enable 3000 students to do a school-to-work transition and enter labour market

    Establish at least one partnership to create new educational content, in particular on Circular Economy and Social Entrepreneurship

    Involve 60 students in connecting with local businesses and analyzing their challenges

    Involve 18 students and 5 business into the pilot of the Lockdown Economy Challenge

    Test the series of mini classes with 30 volunteers involved in Lockdown Economy

    Record a series of 10 mini classes educating graduates about the job search process

    Staff / Technical expertise
    Full time coordinators from Think Tank AlterContacts
    In-kind contribution
    Coordinators from partner universities
    In-kind contribution
    In-kind contribution
    Title Progress Status Submitted
    AlterContacts Academy for Sustainable Development - Wed, 03/20/2024 - 10:41 On track
    AlterContacts Academy for Sustainable Development
    Action Network
    Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
    This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
    01 July 2020 (start date)
    31 December 2030 (date of completion)
    Think Tank AlterContacts
    4 8 9 17 10 5 1
    1. Global
    Geographical coverage
    Multiple locations around the world
    Other beneficiaries

    The beneficiaries of the AlterContacts Academy for Sustainable Development include:

    Young People: This includes professionals, recent graduates, and students who are provided with opportunities to develop essential skills and competencies needed to thrive in the modern world. They benefit from programs aimed at enhancing digital literacy, entrepreneurial skills, and transversal skills, as well as from gaining practical experience through hands-on collaboration and training initiatives.

    Educators: by participating in training programs and accessing resources developed by the academy, educators gain valuable insights and tools to enhance their teaching practices. They acquire knowledge about sustainable development principles and innovative teaching methodologies, empowering them to effectively integrate sustainability topics into their curricula.

    Educational Institutions Partner universities and schools benefit from collaborative efforts with AlterContacts in designing and implementing innovative curricula and training programs. This collaboration helps institutions adapt their education systems to better support digital skills, vocational training, and overall development for young individuals, thus enhancing the quality and efficiency of education.

    Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs: Initiatives like the Lockdown Economy Challenge provide small businesses with innovative solutions proposed by students, helping them overcome challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through collaboration with AlterContacts and educational institutions, entrepreneurs gain access to fresh perspectives and ideas to address contemporary societal needs.

    Global Community By aligning with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promoting active citizenship, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, the AlterContacts Academy contributes to advancing sustainable socio-economic development globally. This benefits the broader community by fostering positive societal change and addressing pressing challenges facing society.

    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    Alexanderveld 5, 2585DB 's-Gravenhage
    Contact Information

    Julia K. Skupchenko, Co-founder