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Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, leaders from around the world gathered to create and adopt a set of goals to "end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda." These targets—known as the Sustainable Development Goals—set a vision for governments, organizations, businesses and citizens as we work together to make our world a prosperous, equitable and sustainable place for all people. At Opportunity, we look to the SDGs as a global benchmark for the progress we hope to make collectively over the next 15 years, and we are proud to play our part in exploring, working toward and achieving these goals.

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Yamiles, Colombia

Ending Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere

At Opportunity International, we are proud and honoured to be a part of achieving the first Sustainable Development Goal—end poverty in all its forms everywhere—along with many of the other SDGs that are focused on improving the standard of living for families in poverty. Together with organizations and initiatives around the world, we spend each day helping amazing people break the $1.90 barrier.

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Vimla, India

Empowered Women Change the World

For those of us working in and supporting international development initiatives, we know that investing in and empowering women and girls is popular and ubiquitous. It is no surprise to us that the Sustainable Development Goals include not only gender-specific actions and statistics, but also an entire goal dedicated to gender parity.

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Mary, Uganda

Feeding the Future: Ending Global Hunger

The majority of those struggling with hunger live in rural regions where they depend upon agriculture to survive. Because of the critical role hunger and nutrition play in both the lives and livelihoods of those living in poverty, it is no surprise that Sustainable Development Goal 2 addresses this critical topic: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture."

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Ned, Malawi

Beyond the Fishing Rod: Unlocking Innovation and Sustainable Development Goal 9

Physical, technological, economic and educational infrastructure are critical for progress and success. In order to thrive, people must have access to markets, technology, banking, roads, water, education and more—which is why Sustainable Development Goal 9 is so important to Opportunity and the global development community.

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A Student at the God First Primary School in Ghana

Partnering for Health and Well-Being

We know that health is foundational. Without good health and well-being, people cannot work, go to school, contribute to their families, or transform their lives and communities—which is why Opportunity is building innovative programs and partnerships around the world and using them to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.

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Promoting Peace and Justice through Community and Opportunity

In order to end extreme poverty, people must first feel safe in their homes and free from violence. Opportunity promotes peace and justice by fostering community and creating opportunities for people to connect, work, grow and thrive.

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Accessible, High-Quality, Sustainable Education for All

Education is the most powerful we tool we have to fight poverty around the world. Our goal is to make education accessible, high-quality, and sustainable for all students around the world—developing innovative programs that work toward Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

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