UN Sustainable Development Goals: List Of Indian Organizations That You Can Support (Part 3)

By: Shreevidhya Ravi

Published On: August 16, 2018

This is a helpful guide for you to get involved with organizations that correspond to the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) and their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

If you have been following us for a while, you must have seen the other parts relating to the same series being published. If not, you can read them here and here.We have been providing you with a list of organizations that work in tandem with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. While it is up to the member countries to plan and implement initiatives related to this goal, it is imperative to understand that each and everyone of you is the “country.” It is crucial that we understand the role all of us play as citizens in fulfilling the UN SDGs. Let’s talk about the next three goals and their organizations which we can get involved with.

Sustainable Development Goal #7- Clean Energy

1.Energy Conservation Society (ECS):Energy, Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Energy

ECS is a non-governmental organization that is voluntary in nature. It primarily works with promoting energy conservation, sustainability and environmental protection. They were established in 1992, in Kerala. Ever since then, they have grown to have more than 3,000 members and a strong volunteer base of more than 10,000 students. 

They focus on environmental education in schools and colleges, awareness about sustainability and energy, training skilled personnel in energy conservation, consultancy service, energy auditing etc. They have a very wholesome approach to the concept of energy in itself. Approaching the topic from various angles ranging from education to consultancy gives them a good insight on the cross-section of the population’s knowledge with regard to energy and its conservation. You can get involved with them, here

2. South Asian Forum for Energy (SAFFE): Energy Efficiency and Environment Equity

SAFFE works in Asia to promote energy efficiency, environment equity and entrepreneurial initiatives through informed knowledge disbursal and constructive conversations centered around energy. They aim to promote energy efficiency by benchmarking best practices regionally, work with policy research and advocacy, establish a network of energy professionals etc.  They work with a multi pronged approach that involves people, knowledge, information, awareness and action. It is interesting to understand their involvement in the industry even from a policy and an advocacy angle, which is very in-depth. You can choose to get involved with them, here

3.The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI):

Innovative Solutions for Sustainable DevelopmentTERI was established in 1974 with the aim of utilizing profits from their companies for social causes that demanded attention and funds. The founder Mr.Seth hoped that this organization would be instrumental in changing the way that people thought about energy and will help reduce the harmful impact of rapid environmental deterioration.  

They believe that waste management and resource efficiency is the key to sustainable, smart and inclusive development. They have an active research front that has managed to create and multiply impact within communities. They often translate their research, findings, learning and knowledge into technological products, services and policy research and outreach. You can find out more about them, here.

Sustainable Development Goal #8- Good Jobs and Economic Growth

As far as we are concerned, good jobs and economic growth are inclusive. Economic growth is imperative to the nation and it can only happen if we bring about inclusiveness in the context. Rural inclusivity and development is essential for it promotes access and development which directly contributes to good jobs and economic growth.

1. Swades Foundation: Rural Development

Swades works with the firm belief that modern technology, values and best practices should lead people towards rural development. They also believe that India can never realize its true potential  without harnessing the power of its rural sector. Due to this staunch belief, they look to partner with corporates, young urban India, NGOs and governmental organizations that work in the same sphere as them. 

They hope these partnerships will create permanent and irreversible change in the rural setup. Their initiatives and programmes stay inclined towards sustainability for they believe that they need to engage, empower and execute after which they eventually want to exit. Long term change is their game plan. You can check them out, here.2. Indian Development and Relief Fund (IDRF)

IDRF was established by Mr. Vinod after he chose to return to India to work with systemic development of rural development. The focused on providing resources to accelerate development. IDRF understands that poverty goes well beyond economic status and involves centuries of marginalization and social oppression. They hope to retrieve people from destitution by working with a whole bunch of causes including but not limited to education, women’s empowerment, eco friendly development, health, anti-corruption, and disaster rehabilitation. They work with local NGOs and in order to multiply their sustainable impact by partnering with various stakeholders. You can check them out, here.3. Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN): Financial Inclusion

AKDN covers a large geographical area and they are present in various parts of the world. They have a variety of initiatives that cover the huge spectrum of development; starting right from economic to cultural development. They specialize in training vulnerable communities in employable skills and enterprise development. 

They aim to work with communities that do not have access to financial inclusivity in terms of creating awareness about basic financial management- right from managing their income, savings to matching them with commercial job opportunities etc. You can check out more about them, here.

9. Sustainable Development Goal #9- Innovation and Infrastructure1. Operation ASHA: Health Market Innovation

Operation ASHA works to make healthcare accessible for marginalized communities. India holds a quarter of the world’s TB patients and most of them cannot afford or have the access to quality healthcare. People who do not get immediate treatment, often spiral into disease ridden frenzy which can ultimately lead to death. 

Operation ASHA takes care of both preventative and curative aspects. They have followed a dynamic approach. They have established centers that supply medicines and take care of treatment. They have also spread awareness within the community and taken care of patient compliance. They have effectively harnessed technology to make healthcare accessible to millions. You can check out their remarkable work, here.

2. Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC): Housing Infrastructure

The Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centers (SPARC) works on housing and infrastructure issues for the urban poor.  It was formed in 1984 with the aim of working for Mumbai’s urban poor- the pavement dwellers. SPARC believes that if they can develop initiatives to work for the poorest of the lot, it can be executed impeccably and scaled to a great extent, thereby multiplying impact. 

 SPARC has been working in partnership with two community-based organizations in order to work with a well covered approach. Together, they are known as the Alliance and they are spread about in 70 cities in the country. You can check out their work, here.

3. ALC India: Reimagining Livelihoods

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ALC India wants to enable an environment that’s suitable for equitable and sustainable economic development with regard to marginalized communities. They want to do that by the provision of professional services to individuals and collectives/organizations/ institutions. It will ensure that the marginalized are recognized as active contributors to growing economy and equitable share of wealth gets generated and distributed in favour of them. You can check their work out, here.

 We have put together this helpful guide in order for you to get involved with Sustainable Development Goals and for you to focus on building sustainable intervention(s) well after 2030.  While, it is important to stay true to the cause, it is equally important to understand that there are a million ways to get involved and just remember to - seek, ye shall find! 


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