SDG 17 Challenge: Building scalable partnerships to accelerate education, literacy and skills development.


To create ‘the world we want’ – as envisioned through the Sustainable Development Goals – we need revitalized global partnerships based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity. Partnerships need to focus on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and include all countries, all stakeholders and all people. The private sector needs to work in partnership with Governments, the charitable sector, the United Nations, academia and others on solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. Central to these challenges are education, literacy and skills development – a foundation for accelerating progress on all the Sustainable Development Goals.

KPMG is committed to working in partnership in pursuit of the SDGs. We work with not-for-profit organizations advancing education, literacy and skills development; these include Junior Achievement, WE, Worldreader, ENACTUS and One Young World.  Further, we collaborate with a broad range of businesses and other stakeholders to advance the SDGs through purposeful business. KPMG also publishes insights into how to effectively partner for the SDGs including ‘Unlocking the Power of Partnership – A Framework for Effective Cross-Sector Collaboration to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals’. To drive action, we regularly convene diverse stakeholders to encourage new and expanded partnerships.

KPMG is delighted to support the LEAD 2030 Challenge for SDG 17. The Challenge aims to identify and grow a multi-stakeholder partnership that mobilizes and shares knowledge, expertise, technology and/or financial resources, to improve education, literacy and/or skills development.  The winner will receive not only the prize funding from KPMG, but also mentoring and other in-kind support from KPMG.

Applications are welcomed from young change-makers who have been instrumental in leading the design and operation of a multi-stakeholder partnership. We will consider applications from individuals representing:

  • Not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and/or academia;

  • Organisations which are in partnership with any combination of stakeholders including other not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, academia, the United Nations, Governments, businesses, think tanks or network organisations;

  • Partnerships with evidence demonstrating improvements to education, literacy and/or skills development outcomes;

  • Partnerships which can be replicated and/or scaled – either within existing countries of operation or by entering new countries – to increase impact.

The winner will be selected by a judging panel including KPMG’s Global Head of Corporate Citizenship and senior representatives from KPMG’s education, literacy and skills development not-for-profit partner organisations. In reaching its decision, the judging panel will consider effectiveness of the partnership, evidence supporting positive impact, and scalability.

The winning solution will receive

  • A $50,000 grant from KPMG
  • 12 months of mentorship from a team of KPMG employees and partners. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution by assisting with aspects such as:
    • Business strategy
    • Best practices for data collection
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Product design
    • Marketing

Application deadline: 5 January 2019

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