Young change makers have a crucial role to play in the implementation of the SDGs. The BKMC encourages and trains young global citizens to undertake SDG Micro-Projects all over the globe in their local communities. With these projects, the young leaders address a specific societal challenge that needs to be transformed into an opportunity. BKMC fellows, scholars, and mentees are encouraged to spot a real-world challenge, work on solutions, and venture out to make a change with targeted actions for the SDGs that reach a wide network of people. The BKMC programs encourage a spirit of “learning by doing”; from initial ideation to the final steps of project implementation, the BKMC offers guidance and mentorship, aimed at scaling the success and impact of the SDG Micro-Projects.
Starting from 2018, a total of 219 young leaders have ideated and/or implemented more than 216 SDG Micro-Projects on the ground in their communities from Africa to Asia and from the Middle East to Europe. This globe showcases the quantitative distribution of these projects around the world, with most projects available in Austria, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Kuwait and Cambodia.
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SDG Micro-Projects are initiatives created and implemented by Ban Ki-moon Centre fellows, mentees, or scholars, that tackle one or more SDGs on a local, national, or international level. The projects vary in size and concept but share the common goal of finding a solution to the challenges faced in achieving the 2030 Agenda. Using the filters below you can explore a selection of highlighted projects spanning over several years and countries.
Project Name: “AgriSpace: Farming by Satellite”
Ruvimbo’s SDG Micro-Project “AgriSpace,” focuses on merging traditional and novel data analysis methods to aid pastoralists in Zimbabwe to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition. Through satellite technology, it provides data solutions for small-scale farming which is tailored to the specific needs of the communities and lands of Zimbabwe. The objective of AgriSpace is to create a hub for agricultural data, which is synthesized, analyzed, and presented in a simple format to assist farmers in their livestock and crop yields. This includes forecasting strategies of weather patterns to anticipate the most ideal crops and livestock conducive environments.
Project Name: „Waterclix: Wastewaterworks“
Tafadzwa’s SDG Micro-Project, “WATERCLIX,” focuses on wastewater management systems in African cities (through a Zimbabwean case study) for sustainable clean water for all. The main objective of this project is to lobby for the establishment and adoption of advanced technologies for wastewater management, especially in urban cities in Zimbabwe (with a focus on Glenview as a first location). This will contribute to improving the amount of safe water available, public health and as well as environmental protection.
Project Name: “Weaving Women’s Leadership for Change”
Kagna’s project “Weaving Women’s Leadership for Change” (WWLC) aims to support emerging grassroots women leaders in civil society sectors with the tools and space for them to come together to learn, explore, inspire, celebrate, support, and share with one another about themselves and their leadership challenges. The project comprised two interactive workshops a mentorship program, and a community change initiative (CCI). 18 grassroot women leaders were selected to join the program and they shared their knowledge and experience through the CCI in their respective community to reach another 244 individuals.
Project Name: “SmartStart Unipreneur Learning Platform”
Kosoma managed to build an entrepreneurial mindset among Cambodian university students through an online learning platform and a blended learning approach in both Khmer and English. Kosoma herself produced 38 videos, which are a total of 243 minutes on the platform. In addition, Kosoma has started to act as lecturer at the University of Puthisastra to teach this course to students. In the meantime, the project expanded to 10+ universities across the country and the course is now also available as a mobile application.
Project Name: “Digital Story Telling for Changemakers”
Sovanvatey Khuon is a Content Creator on Youth, Gender Equality, and Environment with a background in computer science from Cambodia. For her SDG Micro-Project, she used her expertise to host a workshop for 12 young Cambodian leaders from rural areas training them on how they can use digital storytelling to create change. Sovanvatey noticed that young rural leaders often experience difficulties when trying to inform a greater audience about their communities. Equipping them with tools and know-how Sovanvatey placed SDG 4 at the center of her SDG Micro-Project.
Project Name: “Online Discourse on taboo topics – A Dose of Cath”
At the age of 18, Catherine founded her own Vlog “a Dose of Cath” with which she now reaches out to 80.9K subscribers producing content on feminism, sex positivity, and culture. As her SDG Micro-Project Catherine produced a video series on topics considered to be taboo topics in Cambodia. With her series, she created an online discourse on sexual reproductive health and rights of women through videos about abortion, contraceptives, and menstruation. The series focused on SDG 5 and SDG 3, has since been viewed by 2,5 million users.
Project Name: “3 SDG Trainings/Workshops for employees of the mining and business sector”
Tugsjargal developed a workshop for women employees in the SME and private sector to train them on the topic of the SDGs and gender equality. With the first three workshops, TG trained 32 women employees and also managed to create a support system and platform to enhance women entrepreneurial skills in supporting the SDGs. After the workshop, 28 out of the 32 participants mentioned that they would start to actively support sustainability within their life-style.
Project Name: „Träume – Covid19 – Jugend“
Nourhan Ibrahim and Animat Dietrich-Neunkirchner project focuses on the impact the pandemic Covid-19 had on the mental health of young people in Austria. “How has Corona impacted our psyche?” This has been the guiding question of their project. In an attempt to answer this question, they dove into the inner being of us humans by analyzing the dreams young people had during their first lockdown. Their conclusion was that these dreams had reflected their worries, fears, needs and desires.
Project Name: “Initiate and enhance cross-border sales model for Mongolian women entrepreneurs through e-commerce”
Soomin Jun is a specialist on women’s economic empowerment from South Korea. Before pursuing her Master’s degree at Stanford University, Soomin worked with the Asia Foundation field office in Mongolia. In her work, she experienced that Mongolian women entrepreneurs face limitations when it comes to online sales opportunities. Soomin developed a SDG Micro-Project to offer e-commerce training for 20 Mongolian women and made it possible for five women to sell their eco-friendly products via an e-commerce platform to Korean clients. She connected SDG 5 with SDG 4, 8, 10, 11, and 12.
Project Name: “Light to Read”
Samuel is the Co-Founder of Light My World International, an NGO providing access to safe and clean lightning solutions to students living in villages without electricity. His SDG Micro-Project ‘‘Light to Read‘‘ focused on SDG 4, 7, and 10, aims to increase access to solar lamps and reduce dependency on kerosene lamps and candles among students living in rural communities. Solar-powered LED lamps which are a clean, safe, and efficient source of light give students the chance to read after sunset, improving their reading and academic performances.
Project Name: “Action4Periods”
Action4Periods aimed at promoting menstrual hygiene education and improving access to menstrual products through sensitization, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable means in a rural community (Malshegu). It focused on sustainable menstruation and ending period poverty where girls can have access to locally made reusable pads while not causing harm to their health and environment. The project empowered 60 rural girls with menstrual health and hygiene education and supported them with kits of reusable menstrual pads. The League of Young Female Leaders implemented the project in partnership with Global GLOW, the Ban Ki-moon Center and Days for Girls, Tamale.
Project Name: “Empowering women in education and train them as leaders and change makers.”
Sohaila is a young peacebuilder living in Afghanistan and founder of the Young Emerging Leaders Program. For her SDG Micro-Project, Sohaila implemented a Global Citizen Mentorship Program for 20 female high-school students, who were matched with 20 mentors from different backgrounds. Sohaila addressed the difference in quality of education based on gender that results from a low development of the education system. The goal was to empower girls and train them as leaders and change-makers. The project also created a network helping students strengthen their interpersonal, communication and leadership skills.