Sustainable Development Goals

World Vision is committed to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goals

World Vision is committed to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ending extreme poverty by 2030.

The SDGs are core to our work

In 2015, world leaders signed on to the SDGs, a set of 17 goals designed to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Achieving the SDGs is central to our vision for life in all its fullness for every child.

The Sustainable Development Goals are ambitious, but they are not dreams. They are goals – and we can make them happen.
– Claire Rogers, CEO, World Vision Australia

From Malawi to Myanmar, we’re kicking goals

This is a snapshot of where and how our work is contributing to the achievement of the SDGs. Goals of this scope and scale require teamwork, so we partner with others – from the Australian Government through to social enterprises and software companies – to create a more sustainable world.

Sustainable Development Goal 1: No Poverty

Where: Zimbabwe  

What: A health and livelihoods project that introduced new mobile health centres and trained more than 3,000 farmers to improve productivity and resilience to drought. 

info-circle-solid Neonatal mortality rate cut from 6.8 to 1.3 per 1,000 live births 
(2012 – 2017)

Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Where: Burundi  

What: An economic development project that improved the productivity of local high-iron beans and encouraged kitchen gardens to reduce child malnutrition and growth stunting.

info-circle-solid Prevalence of underweight children under 5 cut by 27% 
(2014 – 2017)

Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

Where: Papua New Guinea  

What: We worked with rural and urban communities to improve the health of 24,000 people by increasing access to essential health services for mothers, newborns and children under five.

info-circle-solid 200 local people trained as community health workers  
(2014 – 2017) 

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

Where: Australia  

What: Our early childhood development program in the West Kimberley and East Pilbara is increasing access to culturally-strong early learning for First Nations Australian children through community-led playgroups. 

info-circle-solid 329 children took part in 466 playgroup sessions in 2018 
(2009 – present)

Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality

Where: Kenya  

What: This project helped to protect 6,000 children in West Pokot County from abuse, neglect, and other forms of violence including female genital mutilation and forced and child marriage.  

info-circle-solid School enrolment rates for girls have increased 
(2015 – 2018)

Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Where: Ethiopia  

What: This project dug boreholes, capped natural springs and rehabilitated damaged water systems. It also raised awareness about hygiene and sanitation, resulting in a reduction in open defecation. 

info-circle-solid 20,000 people gained improved access to clean water 
(2016 – 2017)

Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Where: Kenya and Ethiopia  

What: The Drylands Development Programme is helping more than 200,000 smallholder farmers to increase their productivity by creating an enabling environment for them to succeed.  

info-circle-solid Average savings per person in Ethiopia more than doubled in a year 
(2013 – 2019)

Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action

Where: Myanmar  

What: In an innovative project using impact investment, we are distributing up to 20,000 fuel-efficient cookstoves in Myanmar to help reduce carbon emissions and health problems caused by open cooking fires. 

info-circle-solid  A fuel-efficient stove reduces 2.5 tonnes of carbon emissions per year 
(2015 – 2019)

Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land

Where: Ethiopia  

What: We’re supporting communities to regenerate or plant one million-plus trees in Soddo, Ethiopia, through Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, increasing biodiversity, strengthening livelihoods and sequestering thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide. 

info-circle-solid  Project now 100% funded by revenue from carbon credits  
(2006 – 2036)

Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Where: India  

What: This project is reducing child trafficking and improving child protection by training children in personal safety and building the capacity of police and other first responders to identify and respond to threats.  

info-circle-solid  450 Child Protection Units established  
(2015 – 2020)

Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Where: South Africa  

What: We partnered with Lumkani, a South African-based social enterprise, to access funding and roll out an innovative fire detection device to protect people in slum communities from fires. 

info-circle-solid  90% of homes protected from destruction by fire 
(2014 – present)